When you want to cook like you’re from New Orleans or south Louisiana, one of the first things you’ll need to add to your spice rack is Creole Seasoning. You’ll find a lot of the recipes ask for this blend in it – if the seasoning isn’t added in the recipe, you’ll be able to add it at the table like you’d add salt, pepper and the other requirement at the table: hot sauce.
What is Creole Seasoning?
It’s a blend of spices that use cayenne peppers and chili powder to give it a little zip. They usually include some form of the following: salt, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, sugar, paprika, onion powder, dried oregano and other combinations to build one whole flavor that enhances anything from meats, seafood, salads, vegetables to soups, gumbos, stews and even eggs.
Not to steal the tagline for Frank’s Red Hot, but… I do the same thing with Creole Seasoning!
Where to buy it?
Creole Seasoning, also commonly called Cajun Seasoning, can be found just about everywhere. Zatarain’s, Slap Ya Mama, and Tony Chachere’s are two of the biggest sellers, and I know they sell them at the grocery stores here in Michigan. One of my favorite things to do when I go down to New Orleans is to buy a couple shakers of different brands just to save the canister they’re in. Some of my favorites are ‘Punch Your Daddy’ and ‘Black and Gold’.
You can also buy the Creole Seasoning online from Creole/Cajun specialty shops like Cajun Grocer or NolaCajun.com – they offer plenty of varieties so you can start a little collection like I did. One of my favorite brands, which you can only buy online, is New Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Creole Seasoning created by author and former NOLA firefighter, Robert Medina. You can find that seasoning blend by following this link: http://www.fireitupfoodsllc.com/tag/flashover-seasoning/.
If you can’t find any Creole Seasoning by you, or you ran out and need the seasoning to help add flavor to a meal, you can make your very own blend at home – and it might be with spices that you already have in your spice rack. Below you’ll find my blend.
3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp white pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp dried oregano
Add all the spices to a bowl and mix really well.
TIP: If you want to be able to adjust how much salt goes into a meal, you can leave the salt out so it’s a salt-free seasoning blend. Enjoy!
Do you make your own Creole Seasoning at home? What do you put in yours?
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