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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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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
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Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Shrimp and grits are a house favorite, if only we could agree on a recipe. I stirred things up with cheddar and Cajun seasoning to find a winner. —Charlotte Price, Raleigh, North Carolina

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

New Orleans-Style Spicy Shrimp

New Orleans-Style Spicy Shrimp

New Orleans-Style Spicy Shrimp

We have family members who attended college in New Orleans. This shrimp captures their favorite flavors from The Big Easy, with the right touch of spices and heat. —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

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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.

Weeknight Catfish Wraps

Weeknight Catfish Wraps

Weeknight Catfish Wraps

In her Boise, Idaho kitchen, Monica Perry tucks catfish "nuggets" and a convenient coleslaw mix into tortillas with tasty results. The fish gets a slight kick from the Creole seasoning.

Mushroom Shrimp Creole

Mushroom Shrimp Creole

Mushroom Shrimp Creole

We especially enjoy this hearty main dish on chilly or stormy days. The tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and shrimp are nicely spiced with seasonings.
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Chunky Chicken Veggie Soup

Chunky Chicken Veggie Soup

Chunky Chicken Veggie Soup

Catering to a Christmas crowd or a huddle of hungry Super Bowl fans? Try this hot savory soup loaded with veggies, chicken and seasonings. Ladle it up with warm bread for a hearty stick-to-your-ribs meal in a bowl. -Sundra Hauck Bogalusa, Louisiana

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

Shrimp Soup with Sherry

Shrimp Soup with Sherry

Shrimp Soup with Sherry

This rich soup makes a great first course when small servings are just right. It's an elegant addition to any holiday menu. —Marilyn Graner, Metairie, Louisiana

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.

Sweet Potato Praline Pie

Sweet Potato Praline Pie

Sweet Potato Praline Pie

"I wanted to create a recipe that was similar to pumpkin pie, but had a new twist. The macadamia nuts are a family favorite and the praline topping is what makes this pie special and enjoyable." –Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

Cajun Catfish

Cajun Catfish

Cajun Catfish

This dish features the green pepper, onion and celery combination common to Cajun dishes, but it’s not too spicy. It’s a colorful and flavorful way to serve our locally raised catfish.

Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

This is my favorite sandwich. The seasoning mixture is enough to give a mild flavor to several chicken breasts...or a spicy taste to just a few. -Amber Peterson of Oakes, North Dakota

Creole Sausage and Vegetables

Creole Sausage and Vegetables

Creole Sausage and Vegetables

If you're a fan of okra, you'll get a kick out of this zippy smoked sausage and vegetable mix from Jill Holland of Florence, Alabama. When served over rice, this dish makes a hearty meal with generous portions.

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

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

Creole-Stuffed Turkey

Creole-Stuffed Turkey

Creole-Stuffed Turkey

Trying out new recipes is such a "passion" of mine that my husband sometimes will ask to have something for dinner that he's actually seen before! My Creole-Stuffed Turkey originated when my sister from Texas and her family—who love Southern cooking—were here one Thanksgiving. Everyone kept coming back for another serving...and we ended up stuffed, too.
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