How we pick our products
Welcome to our big Cajun spice test 2022. Here we present all the Cajun spices we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best Cajun spice for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying Cajun spices.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The best Cajun seasoning: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Cajun seasoning
- 3.1 What are the advantages and disadvantages of Cajun seasoning blends?
- 3.2 What does the term Cajun stand for?
- 3.3 What is included in Cajun spices?
- 3.4 How does Cajun spice affect the body?
- 3.5 Which dishes does Cajun seasoning go with?
- 3.6 How much does Cajun seasoning cost?
- 3.7 Can I make Cajun seasoning myself?
- 4 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Cajun spices
- 5 Interesting facts about the Cajun theme
- Cajun cuisine is a rustic cuisine from the US state of Louisiana.
- There is no such thing as THE Cajun spice. Rather, the mixture depends on the dish you want to cook.
- Cajun seasoning can also be sweet.
The best Cajun seasoning: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Cajun seasoning
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Cajun seasoning blends?
What does the term Cajun stand for?
What is included in Cajun spices?
- Bay leaf
- Filé powder (these are ground leaves of the sassafras tree)
- Paprika powder
- Cayenne pepper
A popular flavouring ingredient is roux, a roux made with lots of oil or lard. Roux is the basis for most Cajun dishes. For sweet dishes, pecans, brown sugar or sugar cane syrup are usually used. As you can see, most of the spices are also common and easily available here in Central Europe. However, some dishes require more specific, exotic spices.
There is not THE particular Cajun spice. The Cajuns always mix these common spices in such a way that they best suit the corresponding dish. That’s why you can find spice blends in different colours from yellow to orange to brown and even black.
How does Cajun spice affect the body?
|Energy (kcal)||189 kcal|
|of which saturated fatty acids||0.8 g|
|of which sugar||4.4 g|
Which dishes does Cajun seasoning go with?
When preparing the dish, be aware that the spices change their character the longer they are cooked. This is especially true for paprika. It may be a good idea to add the spice early and let it develop, but season again at the end.
How much does Cajun seasoning cost?
Can I make Cajun seasoning myself?
When making your own Cajun seasoning mixes, always make sure you use the right amounts and the correct method of preparation so that your dish tastes exactly as it should.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Cajun spices
In the following, we would like to show you which aspects you should consider when buying Cajun seasoning. These will help you to compare and evaluate the products. This will make it easier for you to decide which Cajun seasoning is most suitable for you. In summary, these are the following criteria:
- Contents of the spice mix
- Quality and origin of ingredients
- No additives
- Best before date
We have broken down all the buying criteria again for you so that it is clearer what they mean.
Contents of the spice mix
You should pay close attention to which spices are included in the spice mix, because it should be perfectly matched to the dish you want to cook. Generally, the Cajun spice blends you get in the shops clearly indicate what the spice goes with. Most Cajun spice blends are designed to harmonise perfectly with the ingredients of the dish and reflect the very special taste of Cajuncuisine.
Quality and origin of ingredients
Since spices are foodstuffs, it is also worth paying attention to the quality and origin of the ingredients. Residues of pesticides and other undesirable substances can be found in some spices from conventional cultivation. Spices from organic and ecological cultivation are not only better for our bodies. They often also have a better, stronger taste. And because they are grown in an environmentally friendly way, they are good for your ecological conscience.
As in many other spice blends, Cajun spices often contain other additives such as glutamate. These are used to enhance flavour or for preservation. These substances often have a bad reputation and many people prefer food without chemical additives. Many spice mixtures today contain additives that are suspected of being carcinogenic. Even with Cajun spices, a natural mixture without additives is the safest alternative for your body. Besides, nature is simply the tastiest anyway!
Spices usually keep for quite a long time. However, you should be aware that they change their character over time, especially when mixed with other spices or ingredients. They can become discoloured or the flavours weaker. This is, of course, especially fatal in a cuisine like Cajun, which values spices so much and relies on pungency and intense flavours. With an old Cajun spice blend, you will no longer achieve the same delicious results as with a fresh blend. Therefore, make sure that you use your purchased Cajun spice blend as fresh as possible and use it up quickly. Then your Cajun dishes will taste best!
Interesting facts about the Cajun theme
How do I pronounce the word “Cajun” correctly?
When you enjoy Cajun food, you usually want to talk about it. So that you don’t embarrass yourself: the word “Cajun” is pronounced “Kay-tschen”.
What is Cajun cuisine influenced by?
In Louisiana, relatively many different population groups have always lived together in a small area. However, the Cajuns were almost completely isolated from their environment until the beginning of the 20th century. This was mainly due to the French language. Nevertheless, Cajun cuisine has not remained completely free from outside influences. French cuisine had a very great influence on the dishes of the Cajuns. Their ancestors had brought the recipes with them from France. But other European cuisines also influenced those of the Cajuns. These included Spanish, Italian and also German cuisine. This is because immigrants from these nations settled in Louisiana in the neighbourhood of the Cajuns. Last but not least, African cuisine also plays a role. All these influences combine in Cajun cuisine to create an extraordinary taste experience.
What is behind the “Holy Trinity” of Cajun cuisine?
Peppers, celery and onions are called the “Holy Trinity” of Cajun cuisine because they are found in practically every Cajun dish. They form the basis for most recipes and are therefore an important factor for the special Cajun taste.
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