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.Is there really a best Cajun Spice Rub? If you search the internet, you will probably find thousands of them. 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. I tweaked it 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. 😉
How to use this Cajun Spice RubIn 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. 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. We have more side dish inspiration including everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato and pasta salads. Be sure to check them all out in our collection of 26 Best BBQ Side Dishes too.
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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.
- 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
- 1½ 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
- 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.
- 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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Amount Per Serving Calories 5 Saturated Fat 1g Sodium 283mg Carbohydrates 1g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Protein 1g