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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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Dirty Rice from a restaurant or box can have a lot of sodium and fat. Here’s a hearty, healthy way to trim it. Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Southern-Style Egg Rolls

Southern-Style Egg Rolls

Southern-Style Egg Rolls

Sausage, black-eyed peas and turnip greens give these unique egg rolls a decidedly Southern accent. When I bring them to a party, I always come home with an empty plate.—Holly Jones, Kennesaw, Georgia

Cajun Beef & Rice

Cajun Beef & Rice

Cajun Beef & Rice

Dirty Rice from a restaurant or box can have a lot of sodium and fat. Here’s a hearty, healthy way to trim it. Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma

My Best-Ever Jambalaya

My Best-Ever Jambalaya

My Best-Ever Jambalaya

I tried to mimic Jambalaya from my favorite restaurant and it turned out so well my daughter and husband now prefer my recipe and won't order it when we go to the restaurant! —Alexis Van Vulpen, St. Albert, Alberta

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Confetti Salmon Steaks

Confetti Salmon Steaks

Confetti Salmon Steaks

In Decatur, Alabama, Mary Kay Dixson relies on her microwave to cook this tender fish in a jiffy. With its sprinkling of bright peppers, the mildly seasoned dish makes a pretty entree for two.

Crusted Baked Chicken

Crusted Baked Chicken

Crusted Baked Chicken

Coating your chicken with flour before dipping it in buttermilk and rolling it in crumbs, help make it crisp. Moist and tender, this mouth- watering chicken is covered with a seasoned bread-crumb mixture and then baked golden brown.

Oven Jambalya

Oven Jambalya

Oven Jambalya

If you're looking for an easy but delicious version of jambalaya, this is it.—Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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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

Corn Bread Sausage Stuffing

Corn Bread Sausage Stuffing

Corn Bread Sausage Stuffing

I made this recipe over 45 years ago for the first pheasant I ever roasted—it was a special dinner I prepared to thank a wonderful sister and brother-in-law for all of their help when we bought our first home. To this day, it's a favorite with our friends and family when they come to visit.

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Craving seafood? This nourishing stew from Janis Worley of Hudson, Ohio is a delicious way to baet the winter blahs. “I’ve yet to find anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with this dish,” says Janis.

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

Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta

Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta

Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta

A garlic-olive paste is the delicious difference in this hearty make-ahead sandwich. —Jeannie Yee, Fremont, California

Chili 'n' Cheese Grits

Chili 'n' Cheese Grits

Chili 'n' Cheese Grits

Although I live in a big city, I'm really a country cook. Most of our friends laugh about eating grits, but there's never any leftovers from this recipe. —Rosemary West, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mardi Gras Beef

Mardi Gras Beef

Mardi Gras Beef

Mardi Gras Beef, shared by Lucy Meyring of Walden, Colorado, tastes great right from the grill, which also speeds cleanup. The seasoning and vegetables give the beef a wonderful summertime twist.

Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

"Whenever I get asked to potluck parties, this salad usually gets an invitation, too," chuckles Joy Polito Young of New Bern, North Carolina. "Since it takes a little time for the flavors to meld, I sometimes toss it together a day ahead, then add the fresh peppers just before serving."

Lima Bean Okra Soup

Lima Bean Okra  Soup

Lima Bean Okra Soup

This soup's unique flavor comes from the wonderful combination of allspice, okra, tomatoes, corn, pepper and cloves. Every serving is loaded with nutrition and color.—Clara Coulston, Washington Court House, Ohio

Okra Pilaf

Okra Pilaf

Okra Pilaf

This is my very favorite rice recipe. I've served it many times and it's always received rave reviews. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Red Beans and Rice Mix

Red Beans and Rice Mix

Red Beans and Rice Mix

Since there's food galore during the holidays themselves, I like giving this zippy mix as an after-Christmas present instead. I just slip the containers of seasoning, beans and rice into a decorative paper bag. A recipe card completes the package.
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