Cajun Rub – Origin, Uses, Tips


Cajun Rub – Origin, Uses, TipsIf you’re looking for a seasoning or spice you can use to make extremely flavorsome dishes, then look no further than Cajun rub. This is basically a seasoning you can make yourself using a variety of different items from your spice racks.

This is of course the seasoning that is used in order to make Cajun style food, which is well known for being delicious and spicy! Cajun seasonings are meanwhile of course often used in Cajun cooking, which is named after the French speaking Acadian people. While the instructions might be in French then, you’re not likely to come across these recipes in your French cookbook! In fact, you can actually find entire Cajun cookbooks specializing in the delicious cuisine!

Cajun meats meanwhile will often involve three different pots, full of different meats, rices, and sausages. There is usually a seafood dish too. If you want to cook

Cajun seasoning makes things taste spicy and aromatic. It is closely associated with creole, though this option is slightly different and will have you reaching for different spices.

It can be called a Cajun seasoning or a Cajun rub, but either way this is effectively the same thing. The ‘rub’ in the name effectively refers to the fact that you’re going to be smearing it onto the food.

About Cajun Cooking

Cajun food comes from the Acadians who were deported by the British in 1755. This deportation was known as “le Grand Derangement” and those people would go on to settle in Southern Louisiana. With an extreme change in climate, most of the dishes that they were used to cooking could no longer be made (they couldn’t source the ingredients). Therefore, they had to look elsewhere – thus a whole cuisine was born!

Cajun cooking methods will typically involve barbequing, boiling seafood (so you may want a seafood boiler and a skillet). You’ll be deep frying in sauce pans, you’ll be using grilling tools

In short, this is a very varied and interesting cuisine, so it will give you options for a long time to come. It’s worth learning the seasoning!

Making Your Cajun Rub

To make your own Cajun rub, here is what you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

You can also optionally add some garlic with a garlic press. Why not grab your apron and cutting board and give it a try?

You can then add this to all kinds of cooking. You might want to rub some on a piece of turkey for instance, or a piece of lamb.

Or how about making some Cajun jambalaya? This is a delicious jambalaya that contains no tomatoes and that is deliciously spicy. Brown some meat in a stock pot and then add the onion, celery, red bell pepper, and Cajun rub. You can cook this in a slow cooker and allow it to simmer. Place the rice inside the pot too for a delicious infused flavour!

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