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Blackened Seasoning Recipe

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Spice up your meals with our easy blackened seasoning recipe! From flavorful chicken to fish and shrimp, even veggies get a delicious kick. Learn how to make this simple homemade blend.

Hey ya’ll! Today we are sharing our blackened seasoning recipe. We use it for making blackened salmon, blackened chicken, blackened chicken alfredo, and more. Everyone at home loves it, even the kids because it’s not too spicy! Plus, it’s way better than store-bought because you can make it just the way you like it.

Give it a try, and you’ll see what I mean! All you do is mix it, put it on your food, and cook it on the grill or a hot cast-iron pan.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • BOLD FLAVOR – This seasoning adds bold, robust flavor, and will enhance the taste of your dishes.
  • EASY TO USE – Just sprinkle or rub it onto your ingredients before cooking!
  • VERSATILITY – This seasoning can be used on a variety of proteins, including chicken, fish, shrimp, and even vegetables.

What is Blackened Seasoning?

Blackened seasoning is a flavorful spice blend often used in Cajun and Creole cooking. It usually includes a mix of spices such as paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic, onion, thyme, oregano, and other herbs. The flavor profile is bold, savory, and slightly spicy.

Ingredients

  • Paprika
  • Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt (start with less and adjust to taste if using any other type of salt)
  • Granulated onion
  • Granulated garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried oregano

Variations

You can customize this blackened seasoning recipe to suit your taste preferences. Some variations include:

  • Increase or decrease the amount of cayenne pepper to control the spiciness.
  • Use smoked paprika for an extra layer of depth and smokiness.
  • White pepper can provide more subtle heat with earthy notes.

How to Make

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, kosher salt, granulated onion, granulated garlic, cayenne, black pepper, white pepper, dried thyme, and dried oregano.
  2. Mix thoroughly until well combined, ensuring an even distribution of spices.
  3. Taste seasoning and adjust the quantities if desired. You can add more salt, heat (cayenne), or any other ingredient according to your preference.
  4. Once mixed to your liking, transfer the seasoning blend to an airtight container or a spice jar; label and date.
  5. Store seasoning in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use within a few months for optimal flavor.

What to Cook

Use this blackened seasoning recipe to make chicken, fish, or shrimp. Some examples include blackened salmon and grits, seafood nachos made with blackened shrimp and fish, and blackened chicken alfredo. You can also toss vegetables in the seasoning before roasting or grilling.

Storage

To keep blackened seasoning fresh, store it in an airtight container away from heat and sunlight. A cool, dark cupboard or pantry is a good spot. Make sure to seal the container tightly after each use to maintain the seasoning’s quality for longer.

This seasoning can last for about 6 months to a year. However, for optimal flavor, you should use it within the first six months.

FAQ

Is blackened seasoning spicy?

This blackened seasoning recipe is somewhat spicy. It contains a small amount of cayenne pepper and black pepper, which contribute to the spiciness. However, you can adjust based on your personal preferences.

What’s the difference between blackened seasoning and Cajun seasoning?

They are similar, however, the differences are in the application. Blackened seasoning is used with the blackening cooking technique, where food is cooked on a grill or in a hot cast-iron skillet to create a flavorful crust from the dry rub on the exterior. Cajun seasoning is a bit more versatile and is used to flavor a broad range of dishes.

Summary

Our versatile blackened seasoning recipe is perfect for elevating chicken, fish, or shrimp. Learn how to make this simple blend and add a spicy, bold kick to your meals!

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Blackened Seasoning Recipe

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 4 tablespoons 1x

Description

Spice up your meals with our easy blackened seasoning recipe! From flavorful chicken to fish and shrimp, even veggies get a delicious kick. Learn how to make this simple homemade blend.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, kosher salt, granulated onion, granulated garlic, cayenne, black pepper, white pepper, dried thyme, and dried oregano.
  2. Mix thoroughly until well combined, ensuring an even distribution of spices.
  3. Taste seasoning and adjust the quantities if desired. You can add more salt, heat (cayenne), or any other ingredient according to your preference.
  4. Once mixed to your liking, transfer the seasoning blend to an airtight container or a spice jar; label and date.
  5. Store seasoning in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use within a few months for optimal flavor.

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