To those who know me, it comes as no surprise that blackened fish or chicken and in general Cajun and Creole cooking are part of the wheelhouse. It also comes as no surprise that when it comes to blackened seasoning, I usually make my own and for what I consider good reason. Most of the store bought Cajun seasoning I’ve tried has way too much salt in it as do most pre-mixed spice blends. I say “most” having tried a wide variety of brands over the years. However, recently someone suggested a product I was aware of but that I had never tried in no small part due to its name: “Slap Ya Mama” brand. The name isn’t derived from an admonishment to beat the woman who gave birth to you, but rather from a ubiquitous (yet distasteful for some) saying in the South: “That food was so good it makes you want to slap ya mama!”
The person who suggested this product to me is from the area (Ville Platte, LA) where Walker & Sons makes the “Slap Ya Mama” seasonings and other food products (including such products as fish fry and Etouffee sauce). They knew about my salt concerns and assured me that the product was not too salty. It was indeed not too salty.
It was also the best pre-made Cajun seasoning mix I’ve ever tried.
I’ve used the standard flavor (yellow container) for blackened fish and chicken, in red beans and rice and as a component of a dry rub and marinades and been happy with the results every time, but they also make a hot variety (red container) and white pepper blend (white container). I think I’m going to test drive the white pepper blend next.
You can get it online at http://www.slapyamama.com/ if it isn’t available locally.