Spice Cuisine: Cajun Spices and Seasonings

Cajun cooking comes from the native French-speaking Acadian decendents inhabiting Louisiana and parts of other Southern states. The “holy trinity” of bell peppers, onion and celery form the base of most dishes. Parsley, bay leaves, and scallions are commonly used, as well as garlic and cayenne pepper. Cajun cuisine as a whole has been called “more Mediterranean than North American”.

This cuisine also borrows from African and Native American styles of cookery. Gumbo takes its name from the West African and Caribbean name for okra, which is often a main ingredient of these dishes. File, or powdered sassafrass leaves, was used by the Choctaw Indians before Cajuns began cooking.

Cajun food, despite its reputation, is not necessarily spicy hot. Cajun spice blends are often richly flavored without heat, although some cajun spices will certainly burn you! We carry a standard Cajun Seasoning in both regular, which has a pleasant moderate heat, and Extra Hot for folks who like the burn. For ways to use our cajun spices and blends, check out our Cajun recipes section.

Turkish Bay Leaves, Whole or Powdered


The flavor of these Turkish bay leaves is far milder and more complex than that of domestic bay; it adds a subtly sweet astringency to dishes. Only …

Cajun Seasonings, Regular Spicy, Extra Hot, Or Salt Free


Cajun Seasonings are useful, whether you’re a Cajun cook or not. This is the flavor you get when you taste a blackened dish; just be aware that th…

Cayenne Pepper


Cayenne pepper is our hottest ground red pepper, this cayenne clocks in at 40,000 scoville heat units (HOT!). In early American cooking, cayenne p…

Gumbo Filé Powder, Organic Powdered Sassafras Leaves


Unfortunately, we will not have more filé powder in stock until this year's crop of Sassafras can be harvested around late spring. Gumbo filé po…

Garlic Powders, Granulated, Roasted or Very Fine Powder


These garlic powders, grown in California, are offered in 3 forms: regular granulated, roasted granulated, and very fine powder. Regular granulated …

King Creole Seasoning


Our King Creole Seasoning was around well before any cooking shows on television made Louisiana cooking famous. As long as New Orleans stands as a c…

Parsley Flakes


Parsley flakes make a colorful garnish. The rich forest green color of this herb, along with its sweet flavor, makes it the ideal herb for both flav…



Scallions, from a non-bulb-forming onion, are similar in their delicate, mild flavor to young green onions. Add them to soups, sauces, salads, eggs, …