Blackening Seasoning

Blackening Seasoning - Unblended in Bottle

Note: All Communal Fire spice recipes are developed using weights. We do this when we are designing seasoning blends to ensure that our clients and blog readers are able to get as close to a specific recipe as possible. It also allows you to use whatever you have on hand. 5 grams of coriander ground is the same amount of 5 grams of coriander whole.

Blackening seasoning is a versatile spice blend renowned for its bold and robust flavor profile. Typically used in Cajun and Creole cuisine, this seasoning is characterized by a combination of herbs and spices such as paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, and black pepper. The name “blackening” derives from the cooking method where the seasoning is generously applied to food, usually fish or chicken, and then seared at high heat in a cast-iron skillet. This technique creates a dark, flavorful crust on the outside while keeping the interior tender and juicy. Blackening seasoning adds a spicy kick and depth of flavor to dishes, making it a favorite among those who enjoy bold and zesty flavors.

Blackening Seasoning - Unblended in Bottle

Blackening Seasoning

A wonderful spice blend for making blackened style foods including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Spice Blend
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 8 servings
Calories 1 kcal


  • 1 Mason Jar or acceptable alternative for storage
  • 1 Bowl for mixing


  • 14 gram paprika 110 ASTA if available
  • 5 gram ground hot pepper
  • 7.2 gram granulated onion or powder
  • 3 gram granulated garlic or powder (can be left out too)
  • 3 gram ground black pepper butcher grind or course
  • 1 gram kosher or sea salt
  • .6 gram dried basil
  • 1.8 gram dried oregano
  • 2 gram dried thyme
  • 1.2 gram white pepper


  • Put all spices in a bowl and blend well, ensuring that all of the spices are well incorporated.


We use half regular paprika and half smoked paprika. Use high quality paprika, it will make a difference to end product
Use whatever hot pepper you would like. cayenne is the default people use, although I find cayenne hot for no other reason than to be hot. We use Ancho & a touch of either ground chipotle or ground habanero.
We do not add garlic to the recipe. I have a sensitivity to it so it gets left out. I include it here because that is normally included
We use this spice blend at home all of the time, so we usually make this recipe 5x the size you see in this ingredient deck. That’s how much is in the mason Jar in the Picture. 
Keyword beef, chicken, fish, pork, quick, seasoning, spicey, vegetable

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