This is one recipe that most cooks need in their repertoire, absolutely, and very seldom do I say that. But at 4-5 bucks a bottle for the pre-mixed in the store, this is a quick and cheap, better tasting version. The base of a good Cajun spice is equal amounts of cumin, coriander and paprika. However, I like oregano, salt and cracked pepper in mine. Always me with the tweaking.
I can’t believe I am going to say this, but this spice tastes the same as the cajun chicken burger in the cafeteria at the hospital I work at.
They make a mean, tasty Cajun chicken burger, and let me qualify that statement with the fact that it’s one of the only palatable items they have on the menu.
Excepting their fantastic greasy breakfasts, but I never work mornings, so it’s been a year or so since I’ve enjoyed those. Oh hospital food, you aren’t even good for the staff working there, are you?
It’s just a few simple yet beautiful ingredients that you probably have at home! Anyone can make their own homemade cajun spice, it’s SO easy!
You can add red pepper flakes for heat, onion powder/onion flakes or garlic powder. This base will take you wherever you want to go, the Cajun world is your oyster.
Mmm. Cajun oysters.
Really though, this is a good base for adding on to. This is your flavour start. While it may not be “authentic” because hey, I’m Ukrainian, not Cajun, this to me tastes like what I eat in restaurants. It’s the Ukrainian version of Cajun.
Look. Basically it tastes great and you can build a great Cajun spice out of this mixture for pennies.
Love you more than perogies,
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cracked pepper
- ¼-1/3 tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp basil
- ¼ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp white pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper ( if you want the heat)
- Combine all the spices together and keep in an airtight container.