The trouble with many commercially available spice blends is that they are often very high in sodium. Many Americans, me included, are on low-sodium diets for health reasons. While there are some low-sodium and salt-free blends available (Paul Prudhomme has a salt-free Magic blend, but I’ve not tried it,) they’re often a bit on the pricey side. Making your own seasoning blend is really an easy and cost-effective alternative.
After much research and effort (I Googled “salt-free Cajon seasoning recipes” and found several) I have developed my own low-sodium Cajun seasoning blend.
Our ingredients are:
2 Tablespoons of Paprika
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning Blend (or 1 Tablespoon each of dried oregano & dried thyme)
1 Tablespoon of Cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon of Black pepper
1 Tablespoon of Onion powder
1 Teaspoon of salt (Omit salt entirely if on a strict “no salt” diet)
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight jar in a cool, dark place. (What? You thought this was hard?) I use a jar that originally contained black pepper. It has a nice shaker top, which works well with the Cajun spices.
The Squirrel’s Low-sodium Cajun Spice Blend is good for “Cajun blackened” recipes and is great on burgers. Go ahead and make up a batch, since we’ll be using it in next week’s culinary adventure!
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