Creole Seasoning Recipe

 Making Creole Seasoning at home is easy and in just 5 minutes and a few simple spices that showcase the unique flavors of Creole cuisine. This is the perfect homemade spice blend to create dishes like jambalaya, shrimp etouffee, and gumbo. I also made this delicious Creole-Baked Mac and Cheese. It’s also good for pork, chicken, and seafood. You can even sprinkle over your baked French fries or scrambled eggs. The use for this spice mix is endless!

Homemade-Creole-Seasoning

Homemade Creole Seasoning

I enjoy preparing my own seasoning mixes and spices at home, especially those that are culturally specific, such as my Homemade Sofrito, a staple in Latin American and Caribbean households. The authenticity of foods from another culture or location is one of the most significant factors to consider when preparing them.

Here are a few advantages of making your own seasonings at home:

Customization/ Simple Tweaks: You can tweak the ingredients to your liking when you make your own seasonings. You have complete control over the ingredients that go in and their proportions. 

Freshness: Homemade seasonings can significantly enhance the flavor of your dishes. However, it is essential to only use the freshest of herbs and spices for best results. If possible, use freshly ground spices and herbs for the finest results.

Quality Control: Making your own seasonings gives you the opportunity to choose high-quality ingredients, ensuring the blend is free from additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors. And this brings me to the next advantage of making homemade seasonings. 

Healthier Option: Homemade seasonings can be healthier because you can reduce the amount of salts, sugars, or other ingredients that you want to eliminate or limit on your diet. 

Cost-Effective: Saving money is one of the primary benefits of creating your own seasoning blends. Purchasing individual spices and herbs in bulk can be less expensive in the long run than purchasing pre-made mixtures.

Overall let’s not forget the fun and creative part of all. You can experiment with different herbs, spices, and ratios to create unique and exciting flavors for your dishes.

Spices-Blend

Let’s talk about the spices and herbs:

Paprika: Paprika adds a rich and smoky flavor to the dish. It’s made from dried and ground red peppers and can range from mild to hot. In Creole mac and cheese, it often imparts a subtle smokiness that complements the creaminess of the cheese sauce.

Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper is responsible for the mild spiciness that distinguishes Creole Baked Mac and Cheese from its milder counterparts. It provides a pleasant, lingering heat without overpowering the dish, making it more exciting for those who enjoy a touch of spice.

Garlic Powder: Garlic powder contributes a savory and aromatic quality to the dish. It enhances the overall depth of flavor and adds a hint of earthiness. The garlic flavor melds seamlessly with the cheese and cream, creating a harmonious blend.

Onion Powder: Onion powder brings a sweet and slightly pungent onion flavor to the mix. It adds complexity to the dish, balancing out the richness of the cheese sauce and giving it a well-rounded taste.

Thyme: You can use fresh thyme leaves as I did or use dried thyme. I prefer fresh thyme leaves because they have a more vibrant and pronounced flavor compared to dried ones. 

Remember that there’s already salt in this spice blend, so go easy on adding more until you’ve tasted your dish.

How to make the Creole Seasoning:

Just combine all the ingredients and transfer them to an airtight container or one of these spice containers (affiliate link) to be accessible at all times.

Spices-BlendOnce made, store this in a cool, dry place where it will stay good for around a year. Avoid humidity which can cause the blend to clump.

Easy Creole Seasoning Blend.

If you want to tone down the spiciness of your Creole Seasonings without sacrificing their delicious taste, follow these tips:

  • Reduce Cayenne Pepper: Since cayenne pepper is one of the primary sources of heat in Creole cuisine, you can reduce the amount of cayenne pepper in your seasoning mix. Start with a smaller amount, taste, and gradually add more if needed until you reach your desired level of spiciness.
  • Use Mild Paprika: Choose a mild paprika type (affiliate link)  for a smoky flavor with less heat.

Of course, you can ground all ingredients using a food processor or blender to have a more fine blend. 

Spices-Blend

Creole Seasoning Recipe

Making Creole Seasoning at home is easy and in just 5 minutes and a few simple spices that showcase the unique flavors of Creole cuisine.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Creole
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 Teaspoons
Calories: 3kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne 1 tsp for a good kick

Instructions

  • Just combine all the ingredients and transfer them to an airtight container or one of these spice containers (affiliate link) to be accessible at all times.
  • Once made, store this in a cool, dry place where it will stay good for around a year. Avoid humidity, which can cause the blend to clump.

Notes

If you want to tone down the spiciness of your Creole Seasonings without sacrificing their delicious taste, follow these tips:

  • Reduce Cayenne Pepper: Since cayenne pepper is one of the primary sources of heat in Creole cuisine, you can reduce the amount of cayenne pepper in your seasoning mix. Start with a smaller amount, taste, and gradually add more if needed until you reach your desired level of spiciness.
  • Use Mild Paprika: Choose a mild paprika type (affiliate link)  for a smoky flavor with less heat.
Of course, you can ground all ingredients using a food processor or blender to have a more fine blend. 

Nutrition

Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Tell me what you think of this recipe, and if you have any questions, don’t forget to get in touch with me. I’m always happy to hear from YOU.

Until the next one…

Love E.S. asimpletweak
 

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