Bring the flair of New Orleans to your meals with this simple homemade creole seasoning made with spices you likely already have on hand.
Storebought seasoning blends are expensive, particularly when you consider the average pantry already has most of the required ingredients on hand to make any variety of popular seasonings. It takes no more than a couple minutes to throw this simple creole seasoning together and it can be used to jazz up any of your favorite New Orleans inspired meals.
Homemade Creole Seasoning
My homemade creole seasoning recipe requires only seven simple ingredients, all of which you likely already have on hand. The most exotic ingredient required is smoked paprika, but you can substitute regular paprika if desired.
I use to make this seasoning blend with regular paprika until I stopped at a local creole restaurant owned and operated by a New Orleans native. His seasoning had a strong dose of smoked paprika and I was entranced by the difference it made. Ever since, I changed up my recipe and never looked back!
Creole vs Cajun Seasoning
Though often used interchangeably, there is a difference between creole and cajun seasoning and cuisine. To put it as simply as possible, creole represents the more refined flavors of city-folk in New Orleans, whereas cajun grew from the rural countryside with simpler ingredients.
Because people in New Orleans had access to more ingredients, and often had more resources, you will typically find creole cuisine utilizing more ingredients such as tomatoes along with a greater emphasis on herbs. Dishes such as my Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya would all be examples of creole inspired meals.
How to Store Spices
Store seasoning in airtight containers in a cool dark place. Exposure to air, light, and heat will deteriorate the flavors rather quickly. Simpled sealed spice containers (affiliate link) stored in a drawer or cabinet is all you need.
Cajun Seasoning Substitute
Creole seasoning can serve as a substitute in any recipe that calls for cajun seasoning. They both have a similar flavor profile and are compatible with the same style of dishes.
Homemade Creole Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 dash celery seed (optional*)
- Mix all seasonings together and store in an air-tight container.
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