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Creole Seafood Seasoning

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Editor's Note: Think you need to run to the store to purchase pre-made seafood seasoning? Think again! This recipe for Creole Seafood Seasoning is one that you'll want to keep on hand at all times, especially if you plan to do a lot of cooking. This seasoning mix is easy to make and includes many ingredients that you likely already have on hand. You'll find that you can use this rub in a number of favorite classic dishes, including this one for Seafood Jambalaya. The robust flavor in this seafood seasoning is one that is miles above pre-packaged mixes! When storing this rub, make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight. 

If there is any “magic” to our cooking, it's in seasoning mixes such as this. With this mixture, we try to unmask the depth of flavor in our native seafood, not overpower it. We want every bite to display a full flavor profile, so we liberally sprinkle seasoning on the entire piece of fish. That means both sides. Make a decent-sized batch of this mixture so it will always be handy, then rub it or sprinkle it on the food. Remember, mixtures such as this one cost very little to make yourself but quite a lot if you buy them at retail.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Taste and TextureHot & Spicy, Savory

Type of DishCondiments, Dry Rub

Ingredients

  • ½ cup table salt
  • ¼ cup granulated or powdered garlic
  • ¼ cup freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons granulated or powdered onion

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl, and pour the mixture into a large glass or plastic jar. 

  2. Seal it so that it's airtight. It will keep indefinitely.

Tips for Making Your Own Seafood and Fish Seasoning: Additional Note from the Editor

Make no doubt about it. The beauty of making your own seafood and fish seasoning is that you can adjust the ingredients to get the flavor you'll love. Although it may take some time to prepare, making your own seasoning is generally less expensive and more flavorful than purchasing a seasoning blend that may have been sitting on the grocery store's shelves for months. Just keep these tips in mind when mixing your own seasoning. 

*Use the freshest dried herbs available to you when creating your seafood and fish seasoning. It will do you no good to create a seasoning blend using herbs that are already losing their flavor.  

*Keep the jars away from moisture and light. As attractive as a row of jars of seasoning will look on your kitchen countertop, the moisture could lead to mold while sunlight could break down and lose flavor.

*Prepare only what you realistically expect to use. As noted by The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, seasoning blends can last one to two years if stored properly. If you want to stay organized, then consider labeling your jars with the date that you made the seasoning. 

*Smell and taste a small sample of your seasoning blend to see if it still has full flavor.

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This was Jamie's (my brother's) favorite recipe to make when entertaining at home. He made it frequently when he first created it and we would enjoy sitting outside in our garden on Clara Street (before he moved into his home with wife Jeannette) and drinking an ice cold beer and eating these wonderful shrimp.

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