Blackened Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning
Blackened Seasoning
Blackened Seasoning Blackened Seasoning
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Peppery and sweet, our salt-free Blackened Seasoning embraces classic Cajun flavors in a versatile blend that’s not just for blackening. We combine sweetness and heat from paprika and cayenne with aromatic garlic and onion and the grounded pungency of mustard, black pepper, and cumin. Then we add the herbaceous spark of bitter oregano and grassy thyme, floral bay leaf, and briskly bitter celery seed, creating a roller coaster of a blend that bursts joyfully onto the plate, exciting and unpredictable. We mix this salt-free blend by hand in small batches in our facility, so our Blackened Seasoning is at the height of flavor.

Celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme developed the blackening technique while working in a New Orleans restaurant. He had fiddled with the cooking method—high heat, heavy seasoning, sufficient fat to protect the food from burning—for several years, but the dish didn’t fully come into its own until he opened his own restaurant, K-Paul’s. There, Prudhomme dredged a fairly thin fish filet in drawn butter and a seasoning blend and put it in a sizzling hot cast iron pan, prepped with a large knob of butter. The solids in the butter are what blackens and forms the distinctive crust; the seasonings stay rich and flavorful, bathed in butter. K-Paul’s first put blackened redfish on their menu in March, 1980. Within days, the restaurant was enjoying lines of customers clamoring for this new style of cooking. Within years, blackening had become ubiquitous with the idea of Cajun food, so much so that we forget it’s a modern technique and not a classic one.


Tips From Our Kitchen


To seal in the juices of the meat by forming a spicy crust you need to use lots of heat. Use a cast-iron pan for blackening, since it will stand up best to prolonged, high heat. If cooking space is limited, pre-heat your pan on an outside grill on high heat for 30 minutes, or put in a 450°F oven until your stovetop is ready to use. Then:

Keep your food cool as butter or oil sticks better
Keep your filets about ½" thick
Make enough butter and spice mixture to evenly coat all your filets
Dredge your meat in the butter and spices and place immediately into the prepared skillet
Cook, uncovered, until the underside looks charred, about 2 minutes. Turn the filets over and again pour 1 teaspoon of butter on top; cook until done, about 2 minutes more

For best results use 1-2 tablespoons of Blackened Seasoning per cup of butter.

This technique works for fish, chicken, beef, lamb, and seafood, as well as sturdy vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. You can also use this as a basic Cajun spice blend that works with grilled chicken or shrimp. Add to grilled eggplant or portobello tops for a vegetarian twist on a Cajun cookout. Toss with vinegar-based potato salad, or mix into a cheesy corn bake. Roast onions and tomatoes with Blackened Seasoning for a spicy ragout, or go full-on Southern and mix Blackened Seasoning into the breading for fried green tomatoes.

This seasoning blend contains paprika, garlic, yellow mustard, onion, black pepper, oregano, cumin, cayenne, thyme, bay leaves and celery seed.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.7g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.2g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy

4.6 out of 5
37 total ratings.

Michael W. (Verified buyer) 05/09/2022
A new go to seasoning A new go to seasoning for the grill, air fryer and sous vide . I appreciate the quality and customer service of Spices Inc

Mark S. (Verified buyer) 03/12/2022
Great flavor Love the blackened seasoning with out the salt. We use the seasoning to add to our fish fry breading for our church fish fry’s. The breading mix already has plenty of salt.

Aileen M. (Verified buyer) 02/10/2022
Blackened seasoning Excellent spice for fish & chicken

steven b. (Verified buyer) 07/27/2021
Enhances flavor A good all around blackened seasoning, good for meat, fish and poultry.

Homer R. (Verified buyer) 05/19/2021
Great Great

Maria-Anne D. (Verified buyer) 04/19/2021
Loved this on wild salmon Loved this on wild salmon

Suzanne W. (Verified buyer) 04/09/2021
Wow Awesome!

Stephanie H. (Verified buyer) 12/07/2020
A family favorite and pantry staple! I have been making my own blackening seasoning for years and have spoiled my family with good quality blackened fish and chicken. This seasoning mix has allowed me to retire! So good. Aside from a few ingredients like lavender, is close to homemade version.

Connie P. (Verified buyer) 07/31/2020
I use it in my I use it in my cajun works out great. I cooked jambalaya.

Thomas L. (Verified buyer) 07/05/2020
good stuff good stuff
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