Many pre packaged spice mixes have very exotic sounding names, but they are just various combinations of herbs and spices that are available for, supermarkets or speciality stores. This is a recipe for a mild Cajun spice mix. It’s easily customisable, so if you like your mixes on the hot side just increase the amount of chili flakes. This mix is really versatile and can be added to just about anything.
3 ½ tsps. paprika
3 tsps. Himalayan pink salt
3 tsps. garlic powder
2 ¼ tsps. coriander seeds
2 ¼ tsps. dried thyme
2 tsp. black pepper ground
2 tsp. white pepper ground
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. chili flakes
1 tsp. fennel seeds
Note – you can adjust the spice quantities to suit your needs.
Place a small frying pan or skillet on a stove top over moderate heat. Add the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds to toast. Stir for 2-3 minutes until the seeds start to release their fragrance. Remove the pan from the heat.
Place the toasted seeds in a spice grinder (or mortar and pestle) until finely ground. Place the mixture into a small bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
Store in an airtight container.
This spice mix can be used as a dry rub, added to marinades, roasted and grilled chicken, roast potatoes, gumbo, jambalaya and seafood – just to name a few!