Edible Flowers: Slap Ya Mama Spice Mix

slapYaMama-Originalby GENE HOWINGTON

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.

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7 Responses to Edible Flowers: Slap Ya Mama Spice Mix

  1. pete says:

    should’ve said something about it last week. just in time for mothers day.
    i’ve been using adobo on potatoes and beef. it still has sodium but i use less because it has more flavor.

  2. Anonymouly Yours says:

    Sometimes when we open our eyes the best food is right here. It’s good stuff too.

  3. Blouise says:

    For those of you who can’t find it locally, Amazon has it:
    Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning, THREE 8-Ounce Canisters,Pack of 3 10.99

    Thanks for the heads-up, Gene. We’ll try it next weekend. I also ordered a Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Seafood Boil just for fun to use over the 4th.

  4. Oooo. Let me know how the seafood boil works out, Blouise. I’m a big fan of Zatarain’s in that regard, but I’m willing to be a convert.

  5. swarthmoremom says:

    I am fixin to order me some.

  6. po says:

    Thanks, Gene.
    I also make my own mix, not only because it allows me to control what goes in it (food purity is a big thing for me), but since I grow my own herbs and dry them, it is relatively easy to do. I can also add more ingredients, put sea salt in it instead of the added sodium. I have seen the brand before and was amused by the name. I will get it and try, even if to only end up making my own.

  7. Celtic Lassie and I just got back from a quick run to Walmart. They had the 16 oz. yellow container in the spice department. It does not take a lot of arm twisting to get her to experiment with Cajun or Creole stuff, so she got a can of it to try tomorrow.

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