You can now add Homemade Blackened Seasoning to your collection of homemade spice blends! Simply sprinkle over chicken, fish or veggies. Roast, grill or cook in a hot cast iron skillet (with butter) to form a delicious exterior spice crust.

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Today I’ve got a new spice blend for you to make at home! Are you excited? I’m excited. Because, as I’ve said before, why buy pre-made spice blends when you can easily make them yourself? Because you most likely have most (if not all) these spices in your kitchen already.

What is Blackened Seasoning?

Blackened Seasoning is a mixture of garlic powder, paprika, smoked paprika, dried thyme, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and cayenne. Think of it as a milder cajun seasoning. And it’s delicious sprinkled on fish, chicken or vegetables! Really anything. You can grill, roast or mix it into dips, however I believe the more traditional method is searing the food in a hot skillet with butter. YUM.

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a recipe using for this homemade blackened seasoning, so stay tuned!

Ingredients for Homemade Blackened Seasoning

To Make Homemade Blackened Seasoning You Will Need:

  • onion powderLends bold oniony flavor.
  • sweet paprika (regular) – Lends color and subtle flavor.
  • smoked paprikaAdds color and subtle smoky flavor.
  • dried thymeLends a sharp and earthy flavor.
  • oreganoLends earthy and slightly bitter flavor.
  • garlic powderAdds flavor that’s sweeter yet milder than fresh garlic.
  • kosher saltEnhances the flavors in the seasoning.
  • black pepperAdds some subtle bite and flavor.
  • cayenne pepperGives this spice blend its heat.
What Are The Best Spices For Making Your Own Seasonings and Spice Blends?

There’s no right or wrong brand. I will first say, buy what you can afford. However, not all spices are created equal as you tend to get what you pay for. Currently I use Morton & Bassett (not sponsored) because I find their spices to be top notch in texture, color and flavor. I love and respect what their company stands for not only with charitable work but also quality control. With that said some other wonderful brands I’ve used over the years are Simple Organic, Frontier Co-op and Penzys.

Measure and added to a container

First, measure and add 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons both sweet (regular) paprika and smoked paprika, 1-1/2 teaspoons both dried thyme and oregano, 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, kosher salt and black pepper, and finally 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper into a clean jar.

whisk to combine

Use a spoon or a small whisk to combine thoroughly.

combined spices

And that’s it! Secure the lid tightly and store in a dry, dark place for up to 6 months or longer.

If you want to see more spice blends that you can make at home, check out my growing list of 20+ DIY seasonings!

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Blackened Seasoning recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Add this Homemade Blackened Seasoning to your cabinet of spice blends! Simply sprinkle over chicken, fish or veggies. Roast, grill or cook in a hot cast iron skillet (with butter) to form a delicious exterior spice crust.
Yields 4½ tablespoons.


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • teaspoons paprika
  • teaspoons smoked paprika
  • teaspoons dried thyme
  • teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  • Measure and combine all spices in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Store in a dry, dark place for up to 6 months or longer.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 2kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 78mg, Potassium: 10mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg