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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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Secret ingredient alert: A pinch of coffee crystals gives my jambalaya its roasty, toasty flavor. This quick and easy dinner is one of my husband’s top picks. —Betty Henagin, Medford, Oregon
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Southern Chicken Rice Soup

Southern Chicken Rice Soup

Southern Chicken Rice Soup

Meet the Cook: A favorite at soup night at our church, this recipe's one my husband concocted after he retired. (We have four children plus two grandchildren and another on the way.) I frequently find it on the table when I get home from work. -Rosalie Biar, Thorndale, Texas

Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

This is one of my favorite quick-fix suppers. I'm sure a lot of people have never tried fried green tomatoes, but they're yummy.

Southern Vegetable Soup

Southern Vegetable Soup

Southern Vegetable Soup

This chunky, vegetable-filled soup is a surefire way to warm up those cold winter nights. —Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri
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Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

We in Louisiana love seasoned foods. I use this in gravy, over meats and with salads. It makes an excellent gift for teachers. Many have asked for the recipe.

Festive Crab Cakes

Festive Crab Cakes

Festive Crab Cakes

Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York stirs up excitement at parties with these picture-perfect tarts filled with a pleasant combination of cream cheese, crabmeat and cranberry sauce.

Fried Sausage Grits

Fried Sausage Grits

Fried Sausage Grits

My mother used to make a version of this recipe using hominy and salmon. One day I substituted sausage and grits and decided I liked it better than the original.

Catfish Cakes

Catfish Cakes

Catfish Cakes

These cakes are crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside—a real treat! I like to serve them with hush puppies and coleslaw. I developed the recipe to put to good use all the catfish we catch at our lake cabin. —Jan Campbell, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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

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

Southern Shrimp and Grits

Southern Shrimp and Grits

Southern Shrimp and Grits

A southern specialty, sometimes called breakfast shrimp, this dish tastes great for brunch, dinner and when company’s coming. It’s down-home comfort food at its finest.—Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina



Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

As the stew of the South, jambalaya is a definite staple. For ages, home cooks have been making their own tweaks on the traditional recipe. This rendition is my favorite. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup

Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup

Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup

I've made this soup many times for my husband and four sons. Even though they're married and have homes of their own, my sons still like to come to our house to eat. This recipe is always a hit with them.

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

Sausage Corn Bread

Sausage Corn Bread

Sausage Corn Bread

Corn bread is a staple here in the South. I added sausage and cheese to a corn bread recipe and came up with this satisfying dish. It goes especially well with soup.

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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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