Traditional Cajun Recipes

With the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival right around the corner, it is helpful to know some traditional Cajun recipes.


This is a staple in Cajun cuisine. It is sort of like a stew that has been thickened with okra. It is traditionally made with poultry and sausage or seafood and served with rice.


This is another dish and many people confuse it with gumbo. The main difference between these two dishes is that only gumbo has okra and it is more of a soup where Jambalaya is more of a dry dish.

Cajun Spice Mix

When thinking about Cajun cuisine, it is helpful to know how to make Cajun mix. This is a unique flavor with a nice kick. The ingredients are:

  • 2 TBSP cayenne pepper
  • 5 TBSP kosher salt
  • 2 TBSP garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP sweet paprika
  • 1 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1 TBSP dried thyme
  • 1 TBSP black pepper
  • 1 TBSP onion powder

You can just mix this into a small container and keep it for up to a month.

Many of these dishes can be found at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, find out more about the festival here.