The Best Cajun Spice Rub. This versatile spice rub goes from grilled rib eye steaks to fresh seafood, like scallops & shrimp, with delicious, versatile ease. Make it one of your summer grilling secrets.

The Best Cajun Spice Rub

Cajun Spice Rub on prime rib shrimp and scallop surf ‘n turf.

Is there really a best Cajun Spice Rub? If you search the internet, you will probably find thousands of them and celebrity chefs have made small fortunes branding and marketing their own “secret blends”. The truth is that for the most part, many of these are composed of the same basic ingredients in different ratios.

Over the years, I have experimented with adding a little more of this, a little less of that, adding a new ingredient etc., until I came up with one that suited my own taste and that’s exactly what I encourage you to do.

Feel free to reduce the heat or salt content or pump up the smokiness by using all smoked paprika in place of the two mentioned here…adding some ground chipotle powder will also add some smoky heat.

The point is that the best Cajun spice rub is YOUR personal favourite blend, so get out there and start working on your own. Here’s a great place to start. 😉

The Best Cajun Spice Rub

Cajun Spice Rub

In the photos in this recipe post I  have used this great Cajun spice rub in this mouth-watering Surf and Turf. When using it on seafood like these sweet, succulent shrimp and scallops, I generally just toss them in the spice rub and put them directly onto the grill.

The Best Cajun Spice Rub

Cajun Spice Rub

When using it on beef, like this beautiful rib-eye steak, I like to give it as much time as possible. I rub plenty of it all over the surface of the steaks and leave them in the fridge for the day or at at least a few hours if possible. I then add a little more when I take them out of the fridge and let the steaks come up to room temperature before hitting the preheated hot grill.

Grilling any good cut of steak straight out of the fridge is, I think, the most common mistake that folks make when trying to grill the perfect steak. It is ESSENTIAL to take the steaks out of the fridge for at least an hour depending on the thickness of the cut in order to achieve the perfect rare, medium or even well-done steak.

 

 

The Best Cajun Spice Rub

Cajun Spice Rub

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The Best Cajun Spice Rub

The Best Cajun Spice Rub

The Best Cajun Spice Rub. A versatile spice rub with plenty of flavour and adjustable heat to suit your taste. Use it on everything from grilled seafood to steaks and burgers.

Course:

Seasonings

Cuisine:

Cajun, North American

Author: Barry C. Parsons

Ingredients

  • 3
    tbsp
    paprika
  • 3
    tbsp
    smoked paprika
  • 3
    tbsp
    onion powder
  • 2
    tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 1
    tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2
    tbsp
    dried oregano
  • 2
    tbsp
    dried basil

  • tbsp
    ground thyme
  • ½
    tbsp
    crushed chili flakes
  • 1
    tbsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1
    tbsp
    coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1
    tbsp
    white pepper
  • 1
    tbsp
    celery salt
  • 2
    tbsp
    kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Just mix all of the ingredients together until completely blended. I usually blend mine together in a food processor which enures the ingredients are well mixed.

  2. If you want, you can process the mixture for a few minutes to break down the larger pieces of herbs and pepper to make it easily pass through a spice shaker. I find this particularly useful when saving some of the rub as a seasoning for burgers or even hot french fries fresh out of the fryer.

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The Best Cajun Spice Rub

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