Homemade Creole Seasoning

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Just like Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning is relatively easy to make at home. All it takes is a few more ingredients beyond its Cajun cousin. This recipe is overall light on salt compared to commercial options out there, so play with the amount you use to get the flavor you’re looking for in your dish. The heat is provided by cayenne pepper powder with a little coming from the sweet paprika base. If you want to temper down the spice, cut a tablespoon of cayenne and replace it with paprika.

Homemade Creole Seasoning

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  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried sweet basil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed


  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and thoroughly mix.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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I’ve never heard of sweet paprika. Is this the “regular” paprika I would find labeled “Paprika” in my grocery store spice aisle?