Best Lola's Creole Seasoning
You will love this easy Creole Seasoning Mix recipe that takes just 5 minutes to whip up and effortlessly adds amazing southern flavor to your favorite dishes. Even better, this seasoning blend is made with a few everyday ingredients you already own and makes a great edible gift.
Suitable for vegan, gluten-free, low carb, Keto, Paleo, Whole30 diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
This particularly homemade seasoning mix effortlessly adds amazing Southern flavor to your favorite dishes. And to use that famous expression, creole spices really do kick things up a notch!
This recipe (and all the tips shared) will help you skip the store-bought spice blends and make your own. It is so simple to make and there are no extra additives or msg in this – and you get to control the salt and spice level. What you see is what you get. However, if store brought seasonings is your jam for easy cooking then keep with them.
WHAT IS CREOLE SEASONING
This is an easy-to-whip-up New Orleans Style homemade blend that uses a combination of commonly used herbs and spices aka ingredients you already own in your spice cupboard
All you need to do is pull out your ingredients, measure out a few tablespoons and mix it all together to end up with a fabulous Homemade Creole Seasoning. And it all takes under 10 minutes with no spice grinder insight. #easypeasy right?
CREOLE VS CAJUN SEASONING
What is the difference between these two? These are actually pretty similar and are used interchangeably. Cajun seasoning is generally more basic, with ground peppers and garlic powder. Louisiana Creole seasoning has many more ingredients including a range of herbs like thyme and oregano
SO WHAT IS IN CREOLE SEASONING?
There are a few everyday ingredients in this DIY spice blend which include:
- dried oregano
- black pepper
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- salt flakes
- dried thyme
- dried basil
- cayenne pepper
However, everyone has their own little variations. Sometimes I love adding smoked paprika or red pepper flakes. Use this as a base recipe, but feel free to adapt to your taste.
HOW TO MAKE CREOLE SEASONING
- Measure out all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- Next, mix with a dry spatula or whisk.
- Then transfer the seasoning into an airtight spice jar or a mason jar (if you make a large quantity).
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of this homemade Creole Seasoning.
- Mix up the salt. You can use pink Himalayan salt (I love this even though not Creole), Kosher salt, or even the regular table variety. BUT you would need to adjust the ratios of the ingredients you use.
- Vary spices. Feel free to add a teaspoon more or less of the ingredients to your taste. Add-ons I have used include smoked paprika and red pepper flakes. Delish!
- Awesome rub. This makes an awesome rub and works great on meats and fish, which you can then cook up in a skillet, Instant Pot, Air Fryer or oven.
- Grind into a powder.If you prefer you can add all the ingredients into a spice grinder and then grind into a powder.
- Make a big batch. Double or triple the recipe depending on how often you use this.
- Make a paste. Sometimes it is easier to mix the seasoning blend with some oil and make a paste before rubbing on meat, veggies, etc.
- Suitable for various diets. This is suitable for vegan, gluten-free, paleo, low carb, Keto, and Whole30 diets.
HOW TO USE THIS SEASONING
I use it to flavor almost anything and everything. Some of the best uses are:
- A rub for meats and fish– this works great as a creole chicken rub as well as a rub for lamb, fish, pork, and steak.
- A marinade– mix with olive oil and vinegar or lemon to use as a marinade.
- For all the veggies– Sprinkle liberally over vegetables for roasting.
- On the grill– season your kebabs and other meats before you grill them.
- Classic Southern dishes– Red Rice and Beans,Creole Sauce etc.
HOW MUCH SEASONING TO USE
Guys, you totally want to go easy on the seasoning, so start with less than you think you need and add more to taste. I recommend you start with 1-2 tablespoons of seasoning for a recipe that serves 4 the first time and then adjust up or down to your taste.
HOMEMADE SEASONING SUBSTITUTE
Don’t have all the seasoning mix ingredients to hand? Worry not, you got this.
First thing is to see if you have some Cajun seasoning and use that. Second, see which ingredients you have and then simply use a mix of these to flavor your food. Alternatively, you can scan through your spice cupboard and see what other spice blends you have that you like.
HOW LONG TO STORE IT?
You can store this for up to 6 months in an airtight spice jar for larger quantities. Just make sure you keep it in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
This homemade spice mix can actually last a long time, but it loses its freshness and vibrant flavor as time goes by. I suggest you only make only enough to last you for up to 6 months at any one time. After that simply make a new batch.
USE FOR EDIBLE GIFTING
This easy Seasoning Mix recipe makes for a super unique DIY gift. Mix up a couple of batches, decant into cute spice jars or mason jars, add a ribbon and a label and hand out to all your foodie friends.
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