Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe

Bold and jammed full of flavors, our Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe is one we never go without! This recipe is made with dried herbs we always have on hand and it compliments any dish we really want to add a punch of flavors to. It’s smokey, spicy, and not too salty at all! This is great staple to add to your spice rack!

Our Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe in a white little bowl next to fresh herbs on a placemat.

Living near the coast, we eat a lot of seafood. I am always trying to find new ways to prepare shrimp and fish! I had run to the grocery on two separate occasions only to find that they were sold out of blackened seasoning. That spurned me into action! This recipe is delicious and doesn’t overwhelm you with salt. You’ll love having this as a go-to in the future!

What’s the difference between Blackened SeasoningCajun Seasoning, and Creole Spice?

Cajun Seasoning tends to be the spiciest with strong falvors of cayenne pepper. Creole seasoning often has a variety of herbs mixed in but can be super salty. Blackened Seasoning is a spice blend that tends to fall directly in the middle of the other two.

What does “Blackening” mean?

Blackening is a cooking technique used in the preparation of primarily fish but can be used for other meats as well. It is often associates with cajun cuisine. Food is usually dipped in butter and then sprinkled with a mixture of herbs. Most often, it is cooked in a super hot cast-iron skillet. The characteristic brown-black color of the crust results from a combination of browned milk solids from the butter and charred spices. And that’s how it got the name ‘blackening’!

Ingredients for our Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe.

Ingredients for our Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe:

  • Cayenne
  • Black Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Onion Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder

How to make our Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe:

Measure out each of the dried ingredients and thoroughly mix together. You can store in an airtight container, in a moisture-free area, for up to a year!

Measurements are:

1 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp cumin, 2 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1½ teaspoon cayenne powder, 1 1/4 tablespoon onion salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon basil, ½ teaspoon oregano, and ½ teaspoon thyme.

The portioned out herbs to make our seasoning in a white bowl before being mixed.

What to make this kid friendly? Just leave out the cayenne pepper without losing great flavors!

Our Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe in a white bowl on placemat next to fresh herbs.

I honestly didn’t have to run out to the store for ANY of these ingredients. They were all household staples. It took me all of 5 minutes to make my first batch. I’ve tweaked it over the last few months to make it just how we like it and we think you will enjoy it too!

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Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe

Best Blackened Seasoning Recipe


  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

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