This Blackened Seasoning is the perfect dry rub for flavoring any protein: chicken, seafood, steak, and more! This homemade spice blend is better than store-bought and can be as spicy as you’d like.
I love making homemade spice blends, because they’re completely customizable to what YOU enjoy. This seasoning mix is no different. Love heat? Add more cayenne! Like a more mild flavor? Lessen or even omit the cayenne…the choice is yours!
What is blackened seasoning?
Blackened seasoning is a blend of spices and herbs that is most commonly used as a dry rub for chicken, seafood, and steak. It’s typically spicy, but can be made as mild or as spicy as you’d like!
What’s the difference between blackened, old bay, creole, and cajun seasoning?
Blackened, cajun, and creole seasonings are very similar. They all have a base of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, dried oregano, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper, but blackened seasoning adds basil and celery seed, cajun adds additional spiciness with red pepper flakes, and creole has additional herbs such as rosemary and/or parsley.
Cajun seasoning tends to be the spiciest, creole the least, and blackened typically falls somewhere in the middle.
Old bay on the other hand is very different and is typically made with a combination of celery salt, paprika, pepper, cayenne, dry mustard, and warming spices such as mace, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, and ginger.
How to use
This seasoning can be used in a variety of ways, but is most commonly used as a dry rub for flavoring chicken, fish/seafood, and steak.
How to blacken food
Simply season your protein of choice (chicken, shrimp, etc.) with seasoning and cook it in a hot buttered pan over high heat until the outside is blackened and the inside is cooked to the appropriate temperature.
How to store
Leftovers will last in a sealed airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Equipment for this recipe
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon salt plus more to taste
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- Place spices into a small bowl then stir to combine.
- Taste and re-season, if necessary.
- Use as desired, then store leftovers in a sealed airtight container.
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.