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Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend Recipe

Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend recipe is a delicious mix of herbs and spices. Blackening Seasoning has a great flavor followed by a spicy kick.

An antique jar full of blackened seasoning blend on a piece of black slate. The jar sits on a blue patterned napkin.

Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend recipe will be the last recipe you try before you make it your own.

Why do people make their own spice blends? You can find about any blend of spices already put together and conveniently bottled at the grocery store right?

If you’ve never visited New Orleans you’ve really got to do it.

I heard stories of all the craziness long before we made our first trip to the Mardi Gras capital of the world and to tell you the truth I was a little nervous about going.

I’d heard a lot about the antics and didn’t know if I would make a fool of myself reviving my crazy ways or what.


A spilled jar of blackened seasoning blend onto a piece of black slate. The jar sits on a blue patterned napkin.

As it turns out the city has something for everyone and we just fell in love with the people and their culture.

We went to some amazing restaurants and ate some dishes that I didn’t have a lot of experience with.

One of those dishes was fish with this deep dark spicy crust covered in a lemon butter sauce. I’m sure my veins are clogging just thinking about it. I may have licked the plate (guilty not guilty).

As a result, we’ve been using a lot of blackening spices. It’s our go-to flavor for grilled fish and shrimp as well as some of those Cajun and Creole dishes.

You can find a dozen different kinds of Blackened Seasoning Brands. I know because I’ve bought several.

They were either so hot that it’s the only thing I could taste or so salty that you balloon up after eating it.

We kept experimenting with creating our own. It wasn’t easy finding a blackened seasoning recipe that we both liked until we landed this winner!

It has a lot less black pepper and salt than what you’ll find in some commercial blends and tons of fresh clean blackening flavor.

What kind of seasoning is blackening spice?

Blackening seasoning is associated with Cajun or Creole cooking.

It’s said that it was made popular in New Orleans Louisiana by the late Chef Paul Prudhomme. He was known for dipping food in melted butter and then dredging it in seasonings.

The food was generally fried in a cast iron pan which gives it that charred, black crusty appearance.

Blackened seasoning recipe is a blend of herbs and spices. The red appearance is the result of paprika and cayenne. Blackening spice mix has flavor as well as a spicy kick.

Why should I make my own seasoning?

  • You can control the ingredients. A lot of commercial brands include preservatives and anti-clumping ingredients and can have a large amount of sodium. John loves a lot of heat so I can adjust the ingredients just for him (think flame thrower). I like mine milder (wimp comes to mind).
    • To add heat add more ground cayenne pepper, not chili powder which will change the flavor.
  • You know exactly how fresh your seasoning is.
  • You can make it up ahead of time or as you need it.
  • Making your own spice blends are less expensive and use spices what you usually have on hand.

What are the ingredients in blackening seasoning?

There are no standard blackening seasoning recipes. These are the ingredients I use and please note that they are all dried and not fresh.

  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin


How do I use Blackening seasoning?

  • Dip food in butter or oil and then coated heavily with the blackened seasoning. Food can be fried or grilled. Don’t move the food in the pan until it develops a coating from the spice. This will keep that coating adhered to the food.
  • Spray food with cooking oil so the blackening seasoning will stick to it. If food is on a baking rack there is no need to turn it.
  • Use blackening seasoning in soups and stews such as gumbo.
  • Add seasoning to vegetables, rice, pasta, and sauces.
  • This homemade spice seasoning will turn plain chicken into a memorable meal.
  • You can add oil to your spice mix and use it as a marinade or lightly spray or rub your meat with oil and use it as a dry spice rub.

A spilled jar of blackened seasoning blend onto a piece of black slate. The jar sits on a blue patterned napkin.


  • Store spices in airtight containers and label the jar.
  • You know your spices are fresh if you remove the lid and can smell them. Once spices lose their aroma they lose their flavor.
  • Any time you cook food with a spicy seasoning make sure you do it in a ventilated area. The strong spicy aroma can affect your breathing.

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A spilled jar of blackened seasoning blend onto a piece of black slate. The jar sits on a blue patterned napkin.

Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
This Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend recipe is spicy delicious and is the perfect seasoning for fish, meat, veggies, and soups.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword: Blackened seasoning, blackening
Servings: 8


  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt Kosher
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cumin


  • Mix all ingredients together.  Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1gCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2343mgPotassium: 383mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 7073IUCalcium: 85mgIron: 6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating

Miranda Young

Saturday 11th of April 2020

is it equal amounts of each?

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of April 2020

Not quite Miranda, there's a recipe card in the post. Thank you for commenting!

Miranda Young

Saturday 11th of April 2020

oh my computer was having a loading issue i see the recipe at the bottom thanks


Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Homemade is so much better.... I didn't have a recipe for something like this so IM so excited to make it! I have several ideas how to use it!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Thank you, Michele! I've tweaked it several times and finally decided this was our best yet.

Debbie Spivey

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

We love making our own spice blends. This one sounds wonderful for salmon!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Thanks, Debbie! It is great on seafood! I love putting it on shrimp too.


Tuesday 26th of September 2017

This homemade blackened blend sounds delicious and easy to put together. Love the antiquated look of your lid Julie, it fits into the picture so well :)

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Thank you, Loretta! Making our own blends has sure spoiled us and I found that I was remaking them differently because I would lose my chicken scratches so on the blog it goes!. I found that little jar at an antique shop that I need to stay out of!

Judith Graber

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

I like spicy and seasoned food and your blend would suit me just fine. I try to avoid blends with salt as I really don't miss it.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Thank you Judi! I think they use a lot of salt because it's cheap and people mistake it as flavor.