Creole Seasoning

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Louisiana cooking always starts with a mixture of spices and herbs that almost every cook develops to suit his or her own tastes. The name Creole came from the Spanish word criollo, which was what they called all the residents of New Orleans of European heritage during the 1700s. Over the years it came to be associated with people of cultured backgrounds. Creole cooking combines Spanish, French, and African influences and is the more refined of the two Louisiana cooking styles. This rub works very well with fish, and especially shrimp. Sprinkle it on seafood and allow it to marinate at room temperature for about an hour before cooking.

3 to 3½ tablespoons



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentspice grinder

Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, savory, spiced

Type of Dishdry rub


  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf, stemmed and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Place all the ingredients in a spice mill or coffee grinder and process to a fine powder.

  2. Store the mixture in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place for up to 4 months.


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