Blackened seasoning is a special blend of chili powders, spices, and herbs. It resembles Cajun and Creole seasonings. It was crafted in the 1980s by Chef Paul Prudhomme from K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans. The most common ingredients include chili pepper, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme, oregano, and salt. It can be used in all types of food such as steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, and vegetable dishes. Not only that this seasoning adds color and vibrancy to your meals, but it also adds delectable heat and smoky notes to your food.
Blackened Seasoning Trivia
- Blackened seasoning was originally exclusive to fish dishes; Redfish was the first food item to be blackened.
- There was a misconception that blackened seasoning is a traditional Cajun recipe.
- Blackened seasoning is also beneficial to everyone’s health; garlic powder is a good source of vitamin B6, onion powder is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, and paprika is a good source of vitamin A, iron, fiber, and magnesium. It also helps in fighting inflammation, constipation, and even reduces the risk of cancer.
- Blackened seasoning is sometimes consumed as it is to help alleviate menstrual cramps.
Blackened Seasoning Buying Guide
While blackened seasoning is super easy to make, some find it difficult to get the proportions right and they choose to use store-bought blackened seasoning mix instead. Hence, here are some things to look out for when you opt to buy the pre-made ones:
- Look for blackened seasoning in the spice aisle or with other Cajun ingredients.
- Double-check to make sure that you are picking blackened or blackening seasoning, as opposed to Creole or Cajun seasoning, which is totally different.
- Check out the ingredients list and pick the ones with lesser preservatives and hard to pronounce chemicals.
Blackened Seasoning Production & Farming in Texas
As we all know, Texas is home to countless numbers of Cajun and Creole specialties. Thus, you can easily find blackened seasoning across the state from large supermarkets such as H-E-B and Natural Grocers to local artisan vendors whom you can usually see at various farmers’ markets. Here, you can purchase the most natural and organic seasoning while helping the community and small business owners.
Pesticides, additives, and chemicals:
Fortunately, the majority of blackened seasoning that we found in stores contain no additives and chemicals. Only a few brands have some but it is minimal. Hence, as we scrutinize each brand, here are the additives and chemicals that we found:
- Ammonium Bisulfite – This chemical is usually associated with the caramel color ingredient. Although the FDA declared that it is safe to consume, it can cause skin rashes and asthma-like allergy.
- Tricalcium Phosphate – This chemical compound is sometimes abbreviated as TCP. It is a calcium salt of phosphoric acid that is used to fortify the food with calcium. Although it is safe and claimed to be promising when it comes to bone and mineral regeneration, this product, when taken in high amounts, can lead to hypercalcemia, kidney stones, and cardiovascular problems.
Blackened seasoning can be packaged in a variety of ways. Commercially prepared ones and local artisan-made seasonings usually come in packets, jars, pouches, pet bottles, and containers. Some have resealable caps for multiple uses and some are meant for single-use, as a way to prevent moisture from penetrating the seasoning, which can lead to coagulation.
Enjoying Blackened Seasoning
Blackened seasoning is the condiment of choice when it comes to bringing the flavors of Cajun favorites. Such dishes only take a maximum of 10 minutes to be on the table. Hence, entrées that are cooked with blackened seasoning are usually served and eaten with side dishes such as salads, rice, pasta, potatoes, or vegetables.
Since blackened seasoning is a dry mixture, it can practically last a year or two in the pantry for as long as it is properly stored. Place the blend in an airtight container or mason jar, and store it in a cool and dry place.
Make your own blackened seasoning:
Making a blackened seasoning at home is relatively easy and most of the ingredients are already in your pantry cabinet. Simply sprinkle a good amount of the seasoning on any meat, let it sit for a few minutes, toss them on a hot cast iron and cook 2 to 3 minutes each side on medium-high fire. You can also add butter in the mixture or in the pan for extra scrumptiousness. Hence, here’s a simple recipe to start:
Yield: 12 servings
- 1 ½ tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp ground dried thyme
- 1 tsp ground dried oregano
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer into an airtight container or ziplock bags until you are ready to use it.
- When using it, just rub a serving into your favorite meat before cooking.