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Creole Seasoning

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You can make your own spicy, savory creole seasoning blend at home with only a handful of spices. The bold flavors of this spice mix are top-tier.

I'll show you how to make homemade creole seasoning, how to use it, and how to store it.

Whether you enjoy making your own blends or you just want an authentic creole blend, you'll love this recipe.

Creole seasoning spices in a small bowl.

Lousiana Creole cuisine is a mixture of French, West African, Spanish, and Native American cuisines. It essentially uses French techniques of cooking native foods with the spices and flavors of West African and other cuisines.

Creole cuisine and Cajun cuisine are very similar - colloquially it's considered that creole style cooking is more city-style and cajun is more country-style cooking. But, there is significant overlap in the style and flavors of food.

Creole seasoning is very similar to cajun seasoning in that it packs in a little heat, as well as savory spices and dried herbs. It's a well-rounded blend that tastes great in many types of dishes.

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Here's what you'll need to make a creole spice blend. All of these ingredients should be available in regular grocery stores. As you can see in the photo below, I am a big fan of the specialty spice shop - The Spice House.

Jars of spices for creole seasoning.
  • Paprika (I use sweet paprika or Hungarian paprika, but you can used smoked paprika if you prefer a smoky flavor)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Kosher Salt or Sea Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Thyme
  • Ground Black Pepper or White Pepper

See the recipe card for quantities.


Combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, cayenne, oregano, thyme, and black pepper.

Creole seasoning in a small bowl.

Stir till combined.

Use immediately or store for up to 6 months in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Homemade creole seasoning in a small bowl.

More Great Spice Blends

Try some of our other favorite homemade spice blends and seasonings.

  • Cajun Seasoning Blend - this homemade seasoning blend is very similar to creole seasoning but has slightly different proportions of spices. It's a good substitute for creole seasoning.
  • Chicken Seasoning Blend - a savory blend with dry mustard, herbs, garlic, and onion that's a great dry rub for grilled or baked chicken.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning - a zesty blend with loads of citrus flavor. Fantastic on chicken and seafood.
  • Moroccan Spice Blend (Tagine Spice Mix) - a richly flavorful, savory blend that is wonderful on all kinds of meat, fish, and vegetables.
  • Italian Seasoning - a herby blend that's fantastic on fish, in soup, or on roasted vegetables.

How to Use Creole Seasoning

You can add creole seasoning to lots of different creole dishes and cajun recipes - it adds some heat and a savory, herbaceous flavor.


You can save your creole seasoning blend for up to 6 months when stored in an airtight container or mason jar. Keep it in a cool, dry place.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Preparation Tips - this blend tends to be on the chunkier side, because of the dried herbs. If you'd like it to be smoother, blitz it for one minute in a food processor or spice grinder.

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Yield: about 3 ½ tablespoons

Creole Seasoning

Creole seasoning in a small bowl.

This spicy creole seasoning blend is delicious and incredibly versatile. A fantastic blend to have in your spice cabinet!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, cayenne, oregano, thyme, and black pepper. Stir till combined.
  2. Use immediately or store for up to 6 months in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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