Best Ever Blackened Seasoning

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

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What’s the Difference Between Blackened 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.

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What Is Blackened Seasoning Made Of?

A good Blackening Spice Blend offers a bit of heat, herbaceous notes, and a whole lot of 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 it on taste like fireworks in your mouth.

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What Can I Season With Blackened Seasoning?

Use our Best Ever Blackened Seasoning on chicken, fish, steaks, and grilled vegetables.

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

I can’t think of a single savory dish that wouldn’t be improved by this dazzling little concoction.

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How To Make The Best Ever Blackened Seasoning

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

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Personalize it!

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 of a touch of dried basil.

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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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See the recipe card below to give our Best Ever Blackened Seasoning a try this summer.

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Best Ever Blackened Seasoning (Cajun Spice Blend)
4.67 from 3 votes

Best Ever Blackened Seasoning

Prep Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins
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)
Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Blackened Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (1.5 teaspoons)
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 438mg 18%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 26.9%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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

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9 comments on “Best Ever Blackened Seasoning

  1. Pingback: Best Ever Blackened Seasoning – A Spicy Perspective | Waters Kitchen

  2. Bill Cooper IIIposted February 24, 2019 at 3:51 pm Reply

    The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of smoked paprika but all other ingredients are listed in teaspoons … is that accurate or did you mean 3 teaspoons?

    • Sommer Collierposted March 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm Reply

      Hi Bill

      No, you do need more paprika than the other spices. It’s mild, so it won’t overpower the recipe. :)

  3. Priscilla Rposted February 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Thank you for the recipe! I used it with butter and olive oil pan fried rockfish fillets and finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon. My husband loved it and wanted to know how I made it. Next we’re going to try it on steak! 

    • Priscilla Rposted February 8, 2019 at 7:20 pm Reply

      I also used smoked sea salt instead of regular. 

  4. Patriciaposted December 19, 2018 at 7:07 am Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. Looks great. Gonna try this on my seafood

  5. Brandy Pierceposted September 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm Reply

    I was wondering where the carbohydrates are coming from in this recipe and is the sodium count correct? this seems pretty high to me.

    • Sommer Collierposted September 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm Reply

      Hi Brandy,

      We have an automated nutritional fact calculator for our site, but sometimes it is a little wonky. I calculated these facts in My Fitness Pal and have adjusted the recipe. Thanks for pointing this out!

  6. Mrs. Lura Fellows Buttposted July 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Now, send some blackened recipes, please.