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What Is Cajun Seasoning?
Cajun seasoning is a seasoning blend that originated in Louisiana where delicious Cajun cuisine is popular.
Cajun seasoning is not the brand name; rather, it is a type of seasoning. There are many brand names this spice blend.
This seasoning is the ideal blend of spicy, savory, and zesty flavors that adds flavor and aroma to any dish. It tastes great on almost everything including chicken, fish, steak, pork, hamburgers, meatloaves, vegetables, pasta, rice, soups, stews, eggs, French fries, dips, and even popcorn.
Brands of Cajun Seasoning
There are many different brands of this seasoning on the market. No matter which brand you choose, you will save money by not having to purchase individual containers of spices just for one recipe. It is ideal for people who want a great taste without having to use 12-15 or more ingredients to achieve it. When you use this seasoning you won't have to use a lot of ingredients because all the seasonings you need are in the mixture.
Louisiana Cajun Seasoning
I favor this brand because it tastes great on many different foods. There are 227 servings in an 8-ounce container. Therefore, I get my money's worth even though one container of seasoning is not expensive.
The seasoning has no calories, no fat, and no carbohydrates. It does contain 290 milligrams of sodium. Therefore, it is recommended to use only 1 gram of the seasoning. That's about 1/4 teaspoon. So, you see a little goes a long way.
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If you are cooking for people who are not fond of spicy food, you should use the seasoning sparingly. If you love spicy foods and you are cooking for yourself, go crazy with the seasoning. Then you will enjoy a party in your mouth no matter what food you are eating.
Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
Most people have heard the expression that if a food is so good they want to slap their mama. That's the way Walker & Sons feel about their spice blend. That's why they named their product "Slap Ya Mama."
The classic blend contains seasonings and spices that bring any dish to life. It is not too spicy, but it is full of flavor. The mix can be used on any dish whether it is for grilling, smoking, or frying.
The makers say you can add some of the seasonings to spice up your beer and Bloody Mary. Even so, there aren't as many ingredients in Slap Ya Mama as in some of the other brands. So, slap your mama gently.
Make Your Own: Cajun Seasoning Recipe
It takes only a few minutes to make your own Cajun blend with spices you already have. There are variations, but the blend usually consists of the ingredients listed below. You can always customize the recipe to what suits you by using seasonings that you prefer and omitting the ones you don't like.
- 3 tablespoons paprika (regular or smoked)
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons ground or crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon cayenne
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- In a mixing bowl, combine the spices and mix well.
- Store in a Mason jar, an airtight container, or ziplock bag. Your seasoning mix will make any food taste better. It will also give a colorful look to any dish.
Some cooks have reported that their Cajun seasoning tastes better than the store-bought ones. Besides, they have control of the spices they use in the mixture. If they want a little more kick, they can use more cayenne pepper or red crushed pepper. If they prefer to leave out the salt, they can omit it and use salt after the meal is prepared and on the table.