Make your own Cajun spice mix
One time, I was in the spice section of The Landmark Supermarket choosing herbs and spices to go with the herbed salt that I promised Alex. I started picking up jars of basil, oregano, sage…
Then, I changed my mind. Since I was going to make only a small batch of herbed salt that Alex could bring to the condo, I figured that I’d have a lot of leftover dried herbs and spices after the herbed salt was done, and with just Speedy and myself in the house six days a week, the dried herbs and spiced would probably go past their expiration dates before they were consumed. So, instead, I picked up a jar of Italian seasoning.
When I got home, I tasted the mix, tried it in a sauce and I was very unhappy. It just didn’t have the robust flavors that I was expecting. Perhaps, the proportion of the herbs was all wrong — for me, at least. And that made me decide — the next time I wanted a seasoning blend or a spice mix, I would make my own. I started with the first today. I made Cajun spice mix.
- ½ tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. of onion powder
- 1 and ½ tsps. of dried oregano
- 1 and ½ tsps. of smoked paprika
- 2 tsps. of garlic powder
- 1 and ½ tsps. of cayenne powder (chili powder may be substituted)
- 1 and ½ tsps. of dried thyme
- 3 tsps. of sea salt OR 2 tsps. of kosher salt OR 1 and ½ tsps. of refined salt
- Stir everything together. And that's it.
- If, however, you want a Cajun spice mix powder, dump all the ingredients into a food processor and process until the desired texture is achieved.
- Keep the Cajun spice mix in a tightly covered jar. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. It should keep for a month or so.
So, how did I use my DIY Cajun spice mix?
I stirred a couple of tablespoonfuls of the Cajun spice mix in my basic white sauce and poured the sauce over fried fish fillet.