Cajun Seasoning Mix is a fantastic spice mix if you want to add some heat and awesome flavour to your food, using a typical mix of herbs and spices. This mix will usually include cayenne pepper or paprika, cumin, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and thyme. But be aware this blend of herbs and spices can vary when buying pre mixed commercial cajun seasonings.
Making a cajun seasoning at home is easy enough to do, but you do need all the different herbs and spices in the recipe to do this. Using this method is great as you add the amount or each herb and spice to your personal taste. Making this seasoning blend is very simple to do and tastes great.
Cajun Seasoning Recipe
3 teaspoons ground paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
Simply add to a bowl and mix together
Buying a cajun seasoning mix is easy to do as there is a good selection of different pre made commercial cajun blends on the market. These can be found readily available online. Just remember each brand will have a different taste so maybe try a few until you find the right one for you.
If you are looking for the fantastic flavour of Southern American food, then this tasty blend of herbs and spices that creates cajun seasoning is definitely what you need to try in your cooking. It really adds spice and flavour that is just delicious.
Cajun seasoning is fantastic to use with a whole variety of foods such as chicken, steaks, pork, salmon, prawns, eggs and potatoes. It is even delicious when used with salad dressings and marinades. Another way to cook with this seasoning is simply to make a mayonnaise dip with it or apply it to flour and make a delicious crispy coating when fried, which I will show in a recipe later.
I like to use this blend of spices when making a crispy coating for prawns and it is so simple to do. It makes a delicious snack that is great to eat on its own or you can make or buy a dipping sauce of your choice. It can also be used to add some spice to a lovely salad adding some spice.
By the way you can experiment and try using this process with chicken or other meats and even try it with fish.
Serves 4 people
1/2 Kg of peeled prawns/shrimp (I like mine with the tails on)
150 grams (1 cup) of flour
3 tablespoon of cajun seasoning mix
2 teaspoons of fresh ground black pepper
2 teaspoons of sea salt
4 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of cajun seasoning mix
Take a medium to large bowl and add the flour, 3 tablespoon of cajun seasoning, sea salt and the black pepper and mix together.
Take a large plastic freezer bag or zip lock bag and put half of the seasoned mixture into it. Keep the rest for later.
Now take your prawns/shrimp and add them to the bag and give it a good shake until all the prawns/shrimp are completely covered.
Take another bowl and crack an egg into it, adding the milk and 1 teaspoon of cajun seasoning. Give this a good whisk.
Place your bowl of seasoned flour and whisked egg next to each other, take a prawn/shrimp one at a time and dip into the egg then cover with the seasoned flour, put on a tray and complete this process.
Get a large pan and add some vegetable or sunflower oil about 4-5” deep, and heat 180°C or 350°F. Once the oil is hot add the prawns/shrimp and fry until they go a lovely crisp golden colour.
Don't forget the dipping sauce!