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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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This is a great main dish to serve to company. The meat is so moist and bakes to a nice golden brown, while the flavorful stuffing inside adds extra color.—Kim Bunting, Colfax, Louisiana
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Crawfish Corn Bread

Crawfish Corn Bread

Crawfish Corn Bread

Moist and crusty, with tasty flecks of crawfish tail meat and zippy peppers, this is a tempting, distinctive corn bread. I like to serve it warm alongside soups and stews for a memorable lunch or supper. -Eloise Waler, Rayville, Louisiana

Hearty Rice Dressing

Hearty Rice Dressing

Hearty Rice Dressing

At church socials and family reunions, this satisfying dressing has always been well received. It's a favorite with our family, too. I cut back on the recipe to serve a smaller group. —Ruth Hayward, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Skillet-Grilled Catfish

Skillet-Grilled Catfish

Skillet-Grilled Catfish

You can use this recipe with any thick fish fillet, but I suggest catfish or haddock. The Cajun flavor is great! —Traci Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania
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Sausage Chicken Jambalaya

Sausage Chicken Jambalaya

Sausage Chicken Jambalaya

For anyone who enjoys entertaining, this jambalaya is the perfect one-pot meal to feed a crowd. It’s comforting, spicy and easy to make.—Betty Benthin, Grass Valley, California

Fast Jiffy Jambalaya

Fast Jiffy Jambalaya

Fast Jiffy Jambalaya

Smoked sausage gives this Cajun-style supper wonderful flavor. For those who like their foods a little spicier, add some more cayenne pepper.

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

Texas Lemon Shrimp

Texas Lemon Shrimp

Texas Lemon Shrimp

This main dish adds spice to any meal. My family loves this simple yet elegant main dish.—Amy Parsons, League City, Texas

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.

Crisp Cajun Panfish

Crisp Cajun Panfish

Crisp Cajun Panfish

My mother was happiest with a fishing rod in her hands, and her method of frying her catch was always a hit. Whenever someone gives us fresh fish or if I buy some, I use this wonderful recipe. —Gayle Cook, Minot, North Dakota

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.



Red Beans and Sausage

Red Beans and Sausage

Red Beans and Sausage

Turkey sausage, beans and a zesty blend of spices make this a deliciously unique meal.—Cathy Webster, Morris, Illinois

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Since my husband's a Navy meteorologist, we've sampled food all over the world. I adapted this recipe from one I was given while we were stationed on the Aleutian Islands. Fresh meat was difficult to obtain in that part of Alaska, so I learned to make many meals featuring grains and legumes instead! We're looking forward to retiring soon to a small farm in central Maine. All three of our children were 4-H leader for 9 years.

Tomato Pasta Side Dish

Tomato Pasta Side Dish

Tomato Pasta Side Dish

This pleasant pasta dish offers an elegant way to round out almost any meal. And with so few ingredients, it couldn’t get much easier! Mandi Smith - Knoxville, TN

Hot 'n' Spicy Flank Steak

Hot 'n' Spicy Flank Steak

Hot 'n' Spicy Flank Steak

With its flavorful marinade, Julee Wallberg’s flank steak makes a succulent meal. “I received this recipe from a friend, and it’s been a family favorite ever since.”—Julee Wallberg, Salt Lake City, Utah

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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

Andouille Sausage Soup

Andouille Sausage Soup

Andouille Sausage Soup

I make a soup every football Sunday. I came up with this recipe because I wanted to use lots of vegetables and keep it healthy, but wanted it to be interesting and original, too. My wife suggested adding the andouille.—Steven Thurner, Janesville, Wisconsin

Cajun Seafood Marinade

Cajun Seafood Marinade

Cajun Seafood Marinade

Seafood marinade the Cajun way is all about seasoning with garlic, cumin, chilis and pepper. I toss in fresh rosemary and thyme to enhance these tasty shrimp. —Dwayne Veretto, Roswell, New Mexico
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