Creole Seasoning is a super useful blend of spices and herbs which is used in creole cuisine across the South of the US and the Caribbeans.
This Creole-style seasoning is a quick fix blend which is put together in less than 3 minutes. You will need common pantry ingredients to follow my creole seasoning recipe.
What is Creole Seasoning?
Creole Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spice commonly used in Creole cookery.
Creole Cuisine belongs to a few places in this world such as the New Orleans in Louisiana, the Caribbeans and South America such as Guyana, French Guyana Brazil.
This colorful cuisine is a mixture of cultures and reflects the history of the people in this regions. Shaped by the French colonial past, slave trade, natives and Indian merchants.
Creole cuisine is always mentioned together with Cajun cuisine, as the ingredients and style overlap in some ways in the south of the US.
In those US states, Cajun seasoning is seen as a country style seasoning, Creole seasoning, on the other hand, stuck with the city of New Orleans.
Creole Seasoning Ingredients 📍
Due to the fact that Creole cuisine is common beyond New Orleans, the Creole seasoning is prepared differently in the various creole cultures.
Besides each home tends to have their way of making and incorporating ingredients into their creole seasoning. This is something that we can see in India with Masalas (spice blends) as each home has their own way of preparing garam masala for example.
Yet, Creole always includes certain base ingredients or ingredients that make up the creole flavor profile. This Creole seasoning is a New Orleans city style blend of spices and herbs.
Creole seasoning includes the following spices and herb:
- Red Chili/Cayenne Chili Pepper
- Paprika – smoked if possible or sweet
- Black Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Celery leaf
How to make Creole Seasoning from scratch?
You can make your creole seasoning easily, in fact, this recipe is a small batch creole blend which you can make while preparing a creole dish such as jambalaya.
Quick small batch creole seasoning:
It’s a 2 minutes job of just blending the dried spices and herbs in powdered form together. This is the quickest and still “freshest” way to prepare the seasoning from scratch.
Big batch creole seasoning:
You could make a bigger batch, however, I usually try to avoid doing that except if I use the spice blend very frequently in my cooking. Seasonings etc tend to get stale and turn bad without you realizing it when they sit around somewhere in the back of your cupboard.
If you still want to create a big batch of creole seasoning, then just multiply the number of ingredients by 5 and store in an airtight jar, in a dry and dark environment.
Best Creole seasoning:
As explained in the cajun seasoning, creole spice and herb seasoning can be made with superior ingredients, techniques and a handful of time.
To achieve the best quality of creole seasoning please follow my procedure and tips which I mentioned over at the homemade cajun seasoning recipe.
Useful tools to make your own homemade cajun seasoning recipe: 🔪
- Mortar and Pestle if you plan on making the DIY seasoning recipe with whole spices
- Glass Spice jar set to store your spices safely. Essential in a humid climate to store properly so that the spice blend doesn’t turn bad.
- If you are like me, a lover of spice and herb blends, then you will need a functional expandable bamboo spice rack.
Use the Creole Seasoning in: 🍴
- Pasta Sauce – Just as in the Cajun Pasta Recipe
Creole Seasoning Recipe [DIY]
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika Powder smoked if possible or sweet
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon dried Thyme
- 1/2 Teaspoon dried crushed Celery leave
- 1 Teaspoon dried Oregano
- 1/2 Teaspoon dried Basil
- Place all your ingredients into a bowl.
- Mix well so that no pieces are left.
- Store the seasoning mixture into an airtight container for future use or use directly in your cooking.
- To make the creole seasoning with whole spices and herbs (not powdered) from scratch follow the instructions in the related homemade cajun seasoning recipe.
- You can double or triple (or multiply by 5!) the recipe to make a bigger quantity of the creole seasoning, however, it's not needed because it's so easily put together. You are better off making the creole seasoning each time again when you are planning to use it the same day in your cooking.
Dear Reader, how are you planning to use the Creole Seasoning?
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section further below!
Do you like homemade seasonings? See some more DIY spice and herb blends to make at home! 🌶