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Homemade Creole Seasoning Blend

Homemade Creole Seasoning Blend

Homemade Creole Seasoning takes only 5 minutes to mix and adds authentic Louisiana flavor to your Southern recipes or even a homemade cajun sauce!

This creole spice mix recipe makes a great addition to Pastalaya, Blackened Chicken Alfredo, Instant Pot Jambalaya, Jambalaya Soup, Instant Pot Red Beans and Rices and even Southern Black Eyed Peas.

Other Spice Mix recipes to custom blend to your preferred taste: Montreal Steak Seasoning, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Prime Rib Rub, Chicken Taco Seasoning, Bobby Flay’s Steak Rub, Texas Roadhouse Steak Seasoning, and our popular BBQ Rub.

What’s In Creole Seasoning

Creole seasoning ingredients are pretty standard spices you probably already have in your pantry. Authentic spices include: Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, ground thyme, dried basil, black pepper and white pepper.

Individual seasonings on a white plate that makes creole seasoning recipe.

No Salt Creole Seasoning

While most recipes call for salt, including Tony Chachere’s, Emeril’s, and Zatarain’s, this homemade no-salt Creole blend does not. We are acutely aware that salt level preference varies and a large portion of American’s need to reduce their sodium intake, so did no include it in this mix. Instead, you can add salt, to taste as needed.

Cajun vs Creole Seasoning

Is creole seasoning the same as cajun seasoning? Nope. Creole spice mix is a more rounded seasoning mix than cajun seasoning mix. While cajun seasoning highlights ground peppers (think red, black and white) and garlic powder, creole takes it a step further by including dried herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, bay leaf and basil.

Close up of mixed spices in a clear bowl. A teaspoon with the spice is next to it.

What is Creole Seasoning Used For

Creole spice can be utilized in a ton of Southern recipes and non-Southern recipes. Here’s a few of my faves:

Substitution Options

Cajun seasoning can be used as a creole substitute, if that’s what you have on hand. We recommend adding a pinch of other dried herbs to make up for the lack of them in the cajun mix. Think thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil and/or bay leaf. 

Creole Spice Mix 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.
  • Add in a teaspoon on salt, if you’re not one to care about salt intake.


Small clear jar of seasonings on a metal mesh plate. A white bowl of the same seasoning is next to it.

Homemade Creole Seasoning

Homemade Creole Seasoning takes only 5 minutes to make and adds authentic Louisiana flavor to your Southern recipes! Click to see more of your favorite Cajun recipes! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Homemade Spices
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Homemade Spices, Southern Recipes
Servings: 69 teaspoons
Calories: 5kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5


  • 6 Tbsp Paprika
  • 4 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Basil
  • Tbsp Black Pepper
  • Tbsp White Pepper


  • Add all the spices to a small bowl and mix to combine. Store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.


Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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