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Blackened Seasoning

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This homemade blackened seasoning is super easy to make with a handful of spices you probably already have in your pantry. Loaded with flavor and perfect for adding a spicy kick to your favorite dishes!

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Years ago a friend from New Orleans gifted me a jar of blackened seasoning. Initially I had no idea what to do with the stuff. Isn’t this stuff for meat? I thought.

I felt obligated to experiment in the kitchen with my newly acquired spice blend, mostly so as to not hurt my friends feelings. Well guess what? I loved it! As it turned out, there was a lot I could do with it.

What is Blackened Seasoning?

Overhead View of an Opened Jar of Blackened Seasoning on a Wood Surface

Blackened seasoning (also called blackening seasoning) is a spice blend with Cajun origins, and as you might expect, it’s spicy!

Blackened seasoning is normally used in a cooking technique known as blackening (more on that below), but it doesn’t have to be. You can use it just as you might use any other spice blend, seasoning everything from roasted veggies to soups (like this blackened cauliflower soup) and stews.

Spices Used To Make Blackened Seasoning Arranged in Mounds on a Wooden Cutting Board

The ingredients in blackened seasoning can vary from blend to blend, but what you’ll find in this recipe is pretty good representation. Here’s what it includes:

  • Salt
  • Sweet paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Onion power
  • Garlic powder
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne pepper

How to Blacken Your Food

Jar of Blackened Seasoning on a Wooden Surface

If you’d like to use your blackening seasoning in the traditional way, this is the technique to use.

Heat up some fat in a pan. Butter is traditional, so I’ll often use vegan butter, but high-heat oil works too.

Cook your food thoroughly as you normally would. When it’s just about done, crank up the heat and sprinkle it generously with blackened seasoning. Turn it over and sear it in the pan to form a dark crust from the spices. Sprinkle the other side, flip and repeat.

That’s it! I’ve got a recipe on the way that uses just this technique, so stay tuned if you need some more guidance.

Blackened Seasoning Tips & FAQ

  • Blackened seasoning has a generous amount of salt in it. Keep this in mind when cooking with it, and don’t season your food with as much salt as you normally would (or any at all).
  • Feel free to leave the salt out if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • Just in case the cayenne pepper didn’t tip you off: this stuff is spicy!
  • Want a milder version? Reduce the amount of cayenne pepper, or leave it out completely.
  • Turn on your exhaust fan when blackening. The spice mixture is meant to burn, and you will get some spicy fumes. Be careful not to overcook your food, as the fumes can get really intense.

Bowl of Blackened Seasoning on a Wood Surface

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Blackened Seasoning

This homemade blackened seasoning is super easy to make with a handful of spices you probably already have in your pantry. Loaded with flavor and perfect for adding a spicy kick to your favorite dishes!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 16

Calories 3 kcal

Author Alissa Saenz

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl or container.

  2. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 year.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 4 tablespoons.

Nutrition Facts

Blackened Seasoning

Amount Per Serving (1 teaspoon)

Calories 3 Calories from Fat 1

% Daily Value*

Fat 0.1g0%

Sodium 291mg12%

Potassium 17mg0%

Carbohydrates 0.7g0%

Fiber 0.3g1%

Sugar 0.1g0%

Protein 0.2g0%

Calcium 5mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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