Louisiana-style seasoning blend

Once I get interested in a topic, I usually get invested and start digging. As soon as I got it in my head that I wanted to make gumbo, the entire Louisiana cuisine was on the table. One thing that makes that style of food unique is the spices. After looking over recipes for Cajun-style spices, I have come up with an easy and hassle-free way to make a Louisiana-style spice blend at home.

The difference between Creole and Cajun

Originally, I didn’t plan on learning the difference between these two. I was simply going to call the spice mix I made ‘Cajun’ and call it a day. However, the more Louisiana-based recipes I looked at, the more I wondered. I kept seeing the two words used interchangeably, and wanted to get to the bottom of the matter.

This proved to be much more detailed than I thought it would be. I don’t care to write an entire report on the differences, as there is a lot to write about. However, I linked a few articles that explain this topic in detail, in case you were curious:

NewOrleans.com, LouisianaTravel.com, ExperienceNewOrleans.com

Since I didn’t want to stress myself on getting the name right, I simply called this spice mix ‘Louisiana-style’. I figured it would get my point across without being incorrect. I didn’t come up with this blend of spices, they are common in that style of cooking. I’ve only put it into an easy-to-use format that can be adapted to any size. I have used this spice blend in gumbo and red beans and rice, and am excited to see where else I can try it.

Cajun spices

Louisiana-style spice blend

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

An easy and hassle-free way to make your own blend of Louisiana-style spices.


2 parts

  • Smoked paprika

1 part

  • Garlic powder
  • Ground pepper (black or white)
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne

1/2 part

  • Cumin

1/4 part

  • Red pepper flakes


  1. Mix all spices together. Store in airtight container.


Size this recipe up depending on how much you want to make. I typically use 1 part equal to 1 tsp. This yields ~ 1/4 cup.

Cajun spices

What are your favorite Creole/Cajun dishes? Do you use them interchangeably? Let me know in the comments!

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