This homemade blackening seasoning is a staple condiment to add flavors to your chicken, fish, pork, vegetables, steak, tofu, and more. It's made of a combination of spices that you may already have in your pantry. It also makes a great DIY spice gift to your loved ones.
Making your own blackening seasoning at home isn't complicated. It's a must-have seasoning blend that you can use to add bold, smoky, and spicy flavors to many diverse foods, and will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Homemade Blackening Seasoning
This homemade blackened spice mixture contains a mixture of fragrant herbs and spices. This combination of spices is commonly used to make Creole or Cajun seasoning.
As always, you can adjust the number and amount of spices to use accordingly based on your preferences.
What is Blackening
Blackening is another cooking technique used to prepare fish, chicken, meat, and more. This cooking process usually involves food that has been dipped in melted butter and seasoned with blackening spices. After that, the food is cooked in a cast iron grill over high heat to achieve that deeply flavored and dark-colored look.
Ingredients for Blackening Seasoning
To make your own blackening seasoning, you'll need paprika, cumin, black pepper, dried thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, dried oregano, and cayenne pepper.
This homemade blackening spice would be enough to season 4 pieces of chicken or fish.
Paprika: You can use regular or smoked paprika.
Pepper: I used a combination of black pepper and white pepper. If you don't have white pepper in your pantry, feel free to skip it.
How to Store Homemade Seasoning
You should keep the homemade seasoning in a tightly sealed container. Store the spice in a cool, dark place ( between 50° and 70° F). Properly stored, the homemade blackening seasoning will last up to 6 months.
- 2 tbsp paprika, (smoked or regular)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¾ tsp white pepper
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper, (very mild) use more for a spicier blend
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Keep the unused portion in a tighty-sealed container and store in a dry and cool place.