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Cajun Sauce with Butter (For Seafood, Steak and Vegetables)

Cajun Sauce with Butter (For Seafood, Steak and Vegetables)

Whip up a batch of spicy and rich cajun sauce in just 10 minutes! Cajun butter sauce makes the best marinade or dipping sauce, along with garlic butter sauce.

Our favorite way to use this cajun sauce recipe is on Butternut Squash Ravioli, Stuffed Artichokes, seafood recipes, chicken wing recipes, and steak recipes!

Cajun Seasoning

There are two seasoning routes you can take when making cajun sauce: use store bought seasoning or make your own, as detailed in the recipe card. You can actually substitute in creole seasoning, if that’s your jam.

The only spices you need to make your own cajun seasoning is: cayenne pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt.

8 small bowls of spices and butter.

Dipping Sauce Uses


This spicy sauce makes a fantastic marinade. Just use it in the same fashion you would a dry marinade. Make sure to reserve a bit of it to utilize as a dipping sauce.

Seafood Boil Sauce

Find a seafood boil recipe you like, such as this highly rated one, and replace the more complicated sauce with this bad boy. You won’t regret it.

Dipping Sauces For Crab Legs

While this cajun dipping sauce is fantastic on almost all seafood, it’s an excellent dipping sauce for crab legs, like our Baked Crab Legs. Butter is the BEST base for seafood dipping sauce. Horseradish sauce is a close second, but butter gets the gold.

Crab legs on a black cutting board.

Cajun Butter Sauce Variations

  • Bring on the heat! This recipe mirrors the standard creole spices you’ll pick up at the grocery store. For an “extra spicy” mix, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or spike it with some ghost pepper.
  • Tone Down the Heat! For a “mild” version, decrease the amount of cayenne pepper. You’ll get all the flavor without as much heat.
  • Sweet Sauce – Like a bit of sweet and spicy in a cajun sauce? Add in a little maple syrup or honey, to taste.
  • For a thicker sauce, add 1-2 tsp of flour.

Expert Tips

  • Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Our favorite store bought cajun seasoning brands are Slap Ya Mama and Tony Chachere’s.
  • Keep the heat setting to low, so the sauce gets a nice simmer going

Sauce pan with spices inside.

Recipes To Use This Dipping Sauce

Baked Lobster Tail

Steamer Clams

Instant Pot Salmon

Sous Vide Ribeye Steak

Prime Rib (Prime Rib Sauce)

Corn Recipes

Bowl of spicy butter sauce.

Cajun Sauce

This cajun butter sauce is a great base to use in a Turkey Injection Recipe.

white bowl full of cajun sauce with a silver spoon.

Cajun Sauce with Butter (Seafood, Steak and Vegetables)

Whip up a batch of spicy and rich cajun sauce in just 10 minutes! This spicy sauce makes the best marinade or dipping sauce for seafood, steak, vegetables and more.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun Recipes, Dipping Sauce Recipe
Servings: 1 Jar
Calories: 852kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $2.50


  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice


  • tbsp Minced Garlic (*NOTE 1)
  • ¾ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tsp Dried Thyme
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Dried Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Kosher Salt


  • Pre-heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the lemon juice, garlic, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, black pepper and salt, and whisk to combine. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately.


Note 1 - If using a store bought cajun seasoning use 3 tbsp.


Calories: 852kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 93g | Saturated Fat: 58g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 244mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3531IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
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