10 Ways to Use Cajun Spice Blend

Cajun Shrimp and Rice_8.tif

Cajun Shrimp and Rice_8.tif

Food Styling: Jamie Kimm Prop Styling: Marina Malchin

So you bought Cajun spice blend to cook up New Orleans-style fare for Mardi Gras...now what? The sassy mix of black pepper, red pepper, garlic, paprika and dried herbs is good for more than just gumbo and jambalaya -- here are 10 ways to add some Cajun to your cooking.

1. If you don’t have some on hand, make your own Cajun Spice Mix.

2. Sprinkle over freshly popped popcorn.

3. Mix with canola oil, brush over salmon, then grill.

4. Mix with ground turkey breast or 90 percent lean ground beef, Dijon mustard, and finely chopped red onion for a jazzed up burger.

5. Give oven fries a kick when they’re hot out of the oven.

6. Whisk with low fat ranch dressing to serve over a grilled chicken salad.

7. Make a one-pot Cajun shrimp dish - ready in less than 10 minutes!

8. Mix with nonfat Greek yogurt as a dip for veggies or baked potato topper.

9. Combine with crabmeat and cream cheese for surprisingly delectable party food.

10.Use on its own or mix with other favorite spices to make a dry rub for chicken, fish, steak, pork, corn on the cob or thick slices of vegetables.

TELL US: How do you use Cajun spice blend?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

You Might Also Like:

Keep Reading

Next Up

10 Ways to Use Dates

Dried dates are portable treats that satisfy any sweet tooth, but who knew the gems were crammed with nutrients?

10 Healthy Ways to Use Watermelon

Get 10 healthy recipes featuring a summer favorite: watermelon.

10 Ways to Use Apple Cider

We just can’t get enough of this seasonal treat. Scoop some apple cider up at the farmers’ market or apple orchard and make these inspired recipes.

10 Ways to Use Ugly Tomatoes

Bashed, bruised or split, these casualties of poor packing or neglect may not be good for a fresh Caprese salad, but they've got a lot of life in them yet. And salsa is just the beginning.

10 Healthy Ways to Use Salsa

Here are 10 healthy and delicious salsas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil

Pick up a bunch (or two!) of this fragrant herb while it’s in season. The toughest part is deciding how you’ll want to use it—there are just so many good ways.

10 Ways to Use Orange Juice (Not Just in the Morning)

In most homes, OJ sees the light of day just once every 24 hours. That's a shame, because 100% orange juice dishes out worthwhile vitamins and minerals.

10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil — Most Popular Pin of the Week

Check out the post '10 Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil', Food Network's Most Popular Pin of the Week.

How to Use Spices

A guide to selecting, storing and using spices

On TV

The Pioneer Woman

9:30am | 8:30c

Cupcake Wars

10am | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11am | 10c

Cake Wars

12pm | 11c

The Pioneer Woman

1:30pm | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30pm | 1:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

3:30pm | 2:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

4:30pm | 3:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

5:30pm | 4:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

6:30pm | 5:30c

Chopped

7pm | 6c

Chopped

8pm | 7c

Chopped

9pm | 8c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Beat Bobby Flay

10pm | 9c

Beat Bobby Flay

10:30pm | 9:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

11:30pm | 10:30c

Chopped

12am | 11c

Beat Bobby Flay

1:30am | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30am | 1:30c

Chopped

3am | 2c

Mystery Diners

4:30am | 3:30c

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.