Anytime I see blackened anything on a menu, I order it. I love the deep flavor it adds to different meats like chicken, burgers, or fish. I have yet to find a “blackened” dish here in Germany. So I decided it was high time for me to come up with a recipe for Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix. I can’t wait to try it on salmon and recreate one of my favorite dishes from Chili’s.
Most of these spices are probably in your spice cupboard already. I had to dig a bit to find my thyme…it’s not a seasoning I use often. But in the research I did, I found that thyme is an important component of a good blackened seasoning mix.
Another important ingredient is paprika. I tried it once with regular paprika, and then a second time I added regular but subbed 1 tsp of the regular for smoked paprika. I liked the slight smokiness it added, but if you don’t like smokiness or you don’t have smoked paprika, don’t worry. It will still be great without it.
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Step-by-step pictures for how to make Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix
Frequently Asked Questions for How to Make Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix
what is the best way to store Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix?
The best way to store Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix is in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
What are the best meats to cook with this?
My personal favorites are chicken, salmon, and hamburgers, but you could really use the mix on anything.
What cooking technique will bring out the flavor best?
The searing effect of frying and grilling really brings out the flavors. If you want to bake it, just put a quick drizzle of olive oil or spray it well with olive oil spray on top before baking, and it will help bring out the flavors.
Can I use white sugar instead of brown sugar?
Yes, subbing white sugar will work just fine.
Can I use a sugar substitute in place of the sugar?
If you have a favorite sugar substitute that you have used in other recipes and are used to, then yes, it should be fine.
How much meat can be prepared with this size batch of seasoning?
Three to five pounds depending on how thick you are coating it and if you are doing one side versus coating the entire piece of meat.
- 3 tbsp paprika (If you want it to be a little smokey, sub 1 tsp with smoked paprika.)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2¼ tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1½ tsp oregano
- 1½ tsp dried thyme
- 1-1½ tsp cayenne pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a small glass bowl. Store it, or use immediately on chicken, salmon, burgers, or anything you choose!
- This recipe is enough for 3-5 lbs of meat depending on how thick you put it on, or if you are only coating one side versus the entire piece of meat.
- Store seasoning in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.