Best Ever Blackened Seasoning Recipe – Our all-time favorite blackening spice blend is made with thyme, oregano, garlic, cayenne, and a surprise ingredient!

blackened seasoning up close on spoon

What’s the Difference Between Blackening Seasoning, Cajun Seasoning, and Creole Spice?

All three spice blends fall under the same category with standard base ingredients, like paprika, pepper, garlic, and onion powder.

However, Cajun Seasoning tends to be the spiciest, while Creole seasoning often has a variety of herbs mixed in.

My rule of thumb: When in doubt, go with Blackened Seasoning, a spice blend that tends to fall directly in the middle.

blackening seasoning on fish

What Is Blackening Seasoning Made Of?

good Blackening Spice Blend offers a bit of heat, herbaceous notes, and a whole lot of zesty flavor and depth.

These tempting undertones come from paprika, garlic, onions, and salt. However, my “secret ingredient” so to speak, is smoked paprika. The smoky essence of smoked paprika takes our Best Ever Blackened Seasoning to the next level.

It makes everything you sprinkle seasoning mix on taste like fireworks in your mouth.

blackening seasoning recipe for fish and chicken

What Can I Season With Homemade Blackened Seasoning?

Use our Best Ever Blackened Seasoning to create a spicy crust on blackened fish, chicken, steaks, and grilled vegetables.

You can also use it to season soups, chilis, dips and spreadsparty mix, rice, and even scrambled eggs and bacon!

I can’t think of a single savory dish that wouldn’t be improved by this dazzling little spice mix concoction. My favorite foods to use this seasoning blend with are shrimp, salmon, potatoes, pork, and hamburger patties.

Blackened Seasoning Recipe Ingredients in jar

How To Make Blackened Seasoning Blend


  • Smoked Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper


  1. Simply dump smoked paprika, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, dried thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper in a small jar or bowl.
  2. Stir to blend.
  3. Store the spice blend in an airtight container (or spice jar) and keep it in a cool dry place. It will last just as long as all your other spices.

Get the Complete (Printable) Homemade Spice Blends – Blackening Seasoning Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Blackening Spice Blend in jar

Personalize Your Blackening Seasoning Recipe

The beauty of making spice blends at home is the element of personalization. If you want a little more heat, add more cayenne pepper.

If you want a little more herby sweetness, add more thyme or a touch of dried basil.

What is Blackening Seasoning?

Make It Today

You can lower the sodium, make large batches, and you will most definitely save money this way.

Most likely, you have all these spices in your pantry right now! Your seafood (and family) will thank you!

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Blackened Seasoning Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Best Ever Blackened Seasoning Recipe – Our all-time favorite blackening spice blend made with thyme, oregano, garlic, cayenne, and a surprise ingredient!
Servings: 8 (about 1/3 cup)



  • Measure and dump all the herbs and spices in a jar and stir to combine.
  • Use immediately, or cover and store in a dark dry place.



Serving: 1.5teaspoons, Calories: 12kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 438mg, Potassium: 69mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 1345IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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