Cajun Spice

There are many Cajun seasoning blends on the market today, all with their own distinct characteristics. A Cajun seasoning blend might include garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, black pepper, dry mustard, paprika, thyme, cumin, and/or celery seed.

 

Cajun Spice Mix

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Uses
Cajun seasoning is used heavily in gumbo, jambalaya, and blackened fish dishes, as well as for spicing up boiled shrimp and crawfish, French fries, and sauces.

Origins
Today’s Cajuns are descendants of French-Canadian settlers who had taken up residence in the Louisiana bayous, bringing their own flavors to the party. Original masters of the one-pot meal, these locals created a cuisine all their own based on native herbs, game, and vegetables. Cajun cooking, a combination of French and Southern cuisines, is a robust, country-style cookery that uses a dark roux and plenty of animal (usually pork) fat.

Color
Brownish Red

Flavor & Aroma
Composed of many different spices, Cajun spice is a complex blend of spicy, earthy, pungent, and grassy flavors.

Sensory Profile
Cajun spice characterizes the bold flavors of Cajun cooking.

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