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Cajun Spice Blend

One thing I dislike about commercial seasoning blends is the amount of salt they include; not only am I paying a premium for something which is usually mainly salt, but it's impossible to balance the spice-to-salt ratio just as I like it. This recipe leaves the salt out; the Old Bay and oregano make the biggest difference. If you don't believe me, try making the recipe without them then add them.


  • 1 part cayenne pepper
  • 1 part black pepper
  • 1 part onion powder
  • 1 part garlic powder
  • 1 part chili powder
  • ½ part Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ part dried oregano
  • ½ part dried basil
  • ½ part dried bay leaf
  1. Grind all ingredients to a fine consistency — preferably in a mortar and pestle. Store in an airtight container.

Written by Jeff Frey on Monday February 29, 2016
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