Mom de Cuisine

Blackening Spice Blend
January 11, 2012, 11:06 am
Filed under: and Sauces

After I made pasta last week, I’ve been thinking about trying to make more of our food completely from scratch.  My husband and I don’t really believe in New Years resolutions.  If we want to change something, we think we just do it. 

So in the spirit of a non-resolution, I’ve resolved to make more things from scratch 🙂

After all, homemade is usually healthier and tastes better.  I think that is true with my blackening spice blend.  I used lemon salt to cut down on the amount of sodium that is typical in store bought spice mixtures and then I could control the amount of each spice so that the blend was to our liking. 

I just went into the pantry and grabbed all the spices I thought ought to be in a blackening blend and started playing with proportions of each until it was just the right amount of salt, flavor and heat. 

Of course, this was just the blend that I thought would suit our tastes best, but feel free to add/subtract/change any of the spices 🙂

Blackening Spice Blend


½ tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon lemon salt*

3 tablespoons black pepper

3 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons cayenne

1 ½ tablespoon thyme

3 tablespoons garlic powder

3 tablespoons onion powder


Blend all of the ingredients and adjust for taste.  Store in an airtight container.

*lemon salt is pretty easy to find here and usually sold by the kilo, but I had never seen it before coming toBahrain.  I’m sure it could be found at a specialty store like whole foods or maybe an ethnic market.