Blackened Seasoning Recipe

Blackened Seasoning Recipe -

Blackened Seasoning is a delicious blend of spices that can be used on poultry, beef and vegetables. This spice blend is full of flavor and made with simple ingredients.

Blackened Seasoning in a jar with a teaspoon

Easy Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe:

We love making homemade seasoning blends. Homemade spice blends allows you to easily change the seasoning to what you prefer. We always have homemade taco seasoning stocked in our pantry. As it taste so much better than the store bought packets.

This spice blend is mixed together with pantry staples. If you are looking to spice up your steaks and chicken, then this bold flavor seasoning blend is my favorite. The combination of the spices takes this seasoning to the next level.

Any time we use this seasoning on our shrimp or salmon. My kids go on and on how delicious the meal is. The next time you need to add in some extra big and bold flavors, sprinkle this on your meats.

Blackened Seasoning in a jar with a teaspoon

What is Blackening?

Blackening is a process of cooking your steak, shrimp or salmon over high heat in a cast iron skillet. The meats have been dipped in butter and seasoned and cooked in a skillet.

The combination of the melted butter, high heat and seasoning creates a delicious dark crust on the meat. This gives it the blackened look.

What is Blackening Seasoning?

Blackening seasoning can easily be made with cupboard staple seasoning. The seasoning that are used are similar to a cajun seasoning or creole seasoning blend. You can add in chili powder, smoked paprika or fresh herbs.

The spices and herbs are combined in a mixing bowl. This creates and delicious blend to put on fish, meat or vegetables.

Ingredients needed - paprika, salt, garlic salt, parsley, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano


  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Garlic Salt
  • Parsley
  • Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dried Oregano

How to Make Homemade Blackening Seasoning:

  • Step 1 – Mix Seasoning – Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and store in an airtight container.
Mixing the seasoning in a bowl
  • Step 2 – Top Seasoning on Meat – Use ½ tablespoon on your favorite type of protein and enjoy.
Blackened Seasoning in a jar with a teaspoon

How to Use Blackening Seasoning:

This seasoning blend can be used on many different things. Here are some of our suggestions to create blackened foods.

  • Meats – Sprinkle pork chops, steak, or pork tenderloin with this seasoning blend. We like to make sure the meat is completely coated.
  • Chicken – Take your chicken recipe to the next level. Add this seasoning blend the next time you make chicken. It takes bland chicken breast to flavorful chicken.
  • Fish – We love to season our salmon, tilapia and shrimp with this blend.

Is Blackening Seasoning the same as Cajun Seasoning?

These two seasoning blends are very similar. They can also be used as a substitute to each other. Depending on how they are made, cajun seasoning tends to be a bit more spicier than blackened seasoning.

Blackened Seasoning in a jar with a teaspoon

Blackened Seasoning Variations:

Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer.

  • Garlic – Instead of garlic salt use garlic powder. A teaspoon garlic powder is all you need to add more garlic flavor.
  • Thyme – We have added dried thyme for added flavor.
  • Dried Herbs – If you like to grow your own herbs, add in dried herbs with this seasoning blend.

How to Blackened Meats and Vegetables:

Once you have prepared your seasoning blend, it will last you for several years. We use it on lots of chicken and fish recipes. We have even used on our roasted fresh vegetables for a delicious bold flavor.

  • Prepare your cast iron skillet by preheating to medium high heat.
  • Dip your chicken or fish in melted butter and then sprinkle your seasoning blend on both sides. You can even use vegetable oil or olive oil on your meats.
  • Once the skillet has heated, place the meat in the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. The time may vary based on the thickness of the meat.
  • This quick and easy seasoning is always a crowd favorite.
Blackened Seasoning in a jar with a teaspoon

Recipe Tips:

  • Cooking with Blackened Seasoning – We recommend cooking with a cast iron skillet or on a Blackstone to make your Blackened meats.
  • Coat Meat – Before adding the seasoning, make sure to coat the meat with a melted butter or oil. This allows for the seasoning to stick to the meat and create a beautiful crust.
  • Cooking Meat – Make sure to only flip the meat once when cooking on the griddle or skillet. This helps to create the best blackened texture.
  • Mixing Seasoning – When combining the seasoning, feel free to adjust the amounts to your preference. Feel free to add in extra teaspoon ground cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

How to Store Seasoning:

This homemade seasoning should last 2-3 years as long. If it’s stored in a cool, dry, dark place like a pantry.  We like to place in a spice jar marked with Blackened Seasoning.

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Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning is a delicious blend of spices that can be used on poultry, beef and vegetables. This spice blend is full of flavor and made with simple ingredients.

  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Total Time 5 minutes
  • Servings 20
  • Cuisine American
  • Course Marinade & Seasonings
  • Calories 4
  • Author Grill on a Dime

This homemade seasoning should last 2-3 years as long as it’s stored in a cool, dark place like a pantry.

Calories 4kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 0.2g, Fat 0.1g, Saturated Fat 0.02g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g, Sodium 1047mg, Potassium 21mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 0.1g, Vitamin A 122IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 9mg, Iron 0.2mg