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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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“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
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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

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

Cajun Catfish with Fruit Salsa

Cajun Catfish with Fruit Salsa

Cajun Catfish with Fruit Salsa

"I got the idea for this recipe from my brother-in-law, Brett, a fabulous 'experimental' cook," says Katherine Nelson of Palmdale, California. "Even the pickiest of eaters will crave more of this dish, so you might want to double the recipe!"
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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

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

Spicy Filet Mignon

Spicy Filet Mignon

Spicy Filet Mignon

I adapted this recipe from a seasoning I saw for blackened catfish. Because these steaks have a lot of kick, I make a more mellow side dish, like buttered potatoes or grilled fresh vegetables. —Vera Kobiako, Jupiter, Florida

Pork Chops Creole

Pork Chops Creole

Pork Chops Creole

A sure way to perk up pork chops is with this herbed creole sauce. You can adjust the range of seasonings to suit your tastes. The red sauce with a sprinkle of green parsley makes a pretty presentation on the plate.

Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Sandwiches

Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Sandwiches

Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Sandwiches

These seafood sammies are a tasty way to get heated up. Simply adjust the seasoning and hot sauce to put some pop in a yummy pita. I even use more hot sauce for dipping. —Kent Whitaker, Rossville, Georgia

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

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.

Catfish Creole

Catfish Creole

Catfish Creole

A friend gave me this recipe, and it's been a family favorite since the first time I made it.

Grits Casserole

Grits Casserole

Grits Casserole

Grits is a main ingredient for many Southern meals. I've had this recipe for years and never grow tired of it. It's especially good to serve on a lazy weekend, since leftover portions are very tasty served cold.

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 down. —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma

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

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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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