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Cajun Recipes

From shrimp and catfish to gumbo and jambalaya, you don't have to visit the Big Easy to enjoy the zesty flavors of Cajun cuisine. Browse this collection of Cajun recipes to plan a Mardi Gras party at home.

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Don't forget to have lemons on hand so you and your guests can squeeze some fresh lemon juice over these succulent crab cakes.—Joylyn Trickel, Helendale, California.
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Cajun Spiced Broccoli

Cajun Spiced Broccoli

Cajun Spiced Broccoli

I usually make this minus the Creole seasoning, but a few weeks ago, I decided to try adding a different spice just to see what would happen. I loved it! It's garlicy, spicy and crunchy! —Krista Frank, Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon

Rhubarb Corn Bread Stuffing

Rhubarb Corn Bread Stuffing

Rhubarb Corn Bread Stuffing

This distinctive stuffing is awesome alongside ham, chicken or turkey. I've been a rhubarb fan since I was a girl, so when a friend suggested this recipe, I had to try it. Now when I serve this side dish, my guests are usually curious about my special ingredient...and they love it! -Kathy Petrullo, Long Island City, New York

Crispy Almond Tilapia

Crispy Almond Tilapia

Crispy Almond Tilapia

Since changing to a healthier style of cooking, I’ve come up with new coatings for baked fish. I use almonds, panko bread crumbs and a smidge of hot sauce to add crunchy texture with nice heat. —Amanda Flinner, Beaver, Pennsylvania
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Cajun Boil on the Grill

Cajun Boil on the Grill

Cajun Boil on the Grill

I came up with these everything-in-one seafood packets for a family reunion, since the recipe can be increased to feed a bunch. The foil steams up inside, so open carefully. —Allison Brooks, Fort Collins, Colorado

Spinach Po'boys

Spinach Po'boys

Spinach Po'boys

I came across this recipe when I lived and worked in New Orleans, where po’boys are very popular. This meatless version featuring spinach and cheese can be served as an appetizer or sandwich, or try it as a side dish with a pasta casserole.

Garlic Cheese Grits

Garlic Cheese Grits

Garlic Cheese Grits

My dad prepared this family favorite every Christmas morning. Grits are a true Southern specialty. The garlic and cheese add a tasty touch.

Sour Cream Corn Bread

Sour Cream Corn Bread

Sour Cream Corn Bread

Mother's corn bread is a special treat she made often while I was growing up and still makes today. My grandmother came up with this recipe years ago. True to tradition, I serve it frequently to my own family.

Cajun Beef Tenderloin

Cajun Beef Tenderloin

Cajun Beef Tenderloin

Warm up holiday gatherings with this hot spicy entree from Sue Dannahower in Fort Pierce, Florida. “The dry rub keeps the tenderloin moist and tender,” Sue promises. Because it’s so fuss-free, just pop it in the oven or grill, then sit back and make merry with guests...maybe catch the Super Bowl! TASTY TIP: For a festive change of pace from beef, resolve to try this spicy Cajun rub on pork tenderloin, too!

Spicy Roasted Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers

Spicy Roasted Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers

Spicy Roasted Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers

I love to share my cooking, and this hearty meal-in-one has gotten a tasty reputation around town. People have actually approached me in public to ask for the recipe. —Laurie Sledge, Brandon, Mississippi

Louisiana Barbecue Brisket

Louisiana Barbecue Brisket

Louisiana Barbecue Brisket

Turn to this dish when you need a special entree to feed a crowd. Don't be deterred by the length of this recipe...it has many make-ahead steps. Plus, it grills unattended for hours, so there's no last-minute fuss.—Allan Stackhouse, Jennings, Louisiana

Cajun Stir-Fry

Cajun Stir-Fry

Cajun Stir-Fry

Cubes of chicken and chunks of smoked turkey kielbasa, plus plenty of herbs and veggies, make this a hearty stir-fry. I sometimes top off servings with shredded mozzarella cheese and minced basil and parsley. —Sharon Clemens of Groveland, Illinois

Tomato-Topped Sole

Tomato-Topped Sole

Tomato-Topped Sole

This dish is so simple to prepare, you won't believe it. My family adores it. You can substitute flounder if you wish, but we prefer the delicate taste of sole.

Southern Pecan Catfish

Southern Pecan Catfish

Southern Pecan Catfish

I coat the catfish in pecans, then top it with a thick, rich cream sauce. It looks like you spent all day on it, but it's actually very speedy to prepare. Garnish it with lemon wedges, parsley or more chopped pecans if you desire. —Mary Ann Griffin, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Blackened Pork Caesar Salad

Blackened Pork Caesar Salad

Blackened Pork Caesar Salad

When I cook, the goal is to have enough leftovers for lunch the next day. This Caesar with pork has fantastic flavor even when the meat is chilled. —Penny Hedges, Dewdney, British Columbia

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Crispy Almond Tilapia

Crispy Almond Tilapia

Crispy Almond Tilapia

Since changing to a healthier style of cooking, I’ve come up with new coatings for baked fish. I use almonds, panko bread crumbs and a smidge of hot sauce to add crunchy texture with nice heat. —Amanda Flinner, Beaver, Pennsylvania

Jamaican Chicken with Couscous

Jamaican Chicken with Couscous

Jamaican Chicken with Couscous

“Fantabulous” is a word I reserve for fantastic dishes like this jerk-seasoned chicken. It’s a mouth full of yum. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California

Sausage & Chicken Gumbo

Sausage & Chicken Gumbo

Sausage & Chicken Gumbo

This recipe for the classic Southern comfort food was the first thing I ever cooked for my girlfriend. It was simple to make, but tasted gourmet. Lucky for me, it was love at first bite. — Kael Harvey, Brooklyn, NY
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