Talk about an impossible question to answer. If you asked 14 different cooks from Louisiana to define “Louisiana seasoning,” you’d get 14 different (and equally passionate) answers. It’s this diversity in thinking about food that makes Louisiana such a great place to eat and Louisiana seasoning so personal and exciting.
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But there are some baseline ingredients that most people agree on.
Several commercial brands of the seasoning are on the market and available nationwide. Most include paprika, garlic, salt and pepper, and a bit of heat (usually from cayenne or red pepper). From there, things diverge. Some brands include dried herbs such as thyme or oregano, and others include ingredients that are near-impossible to pronounce.
So what do all of these concoctions have in common? Complex flavors that range from savory to spicy to herbal to sweet. Here's how to make our version.