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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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Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Gumbo goes back to 1700s Louisiana; today's version is just as hearty using andouille sausage. Serve with cornbread or crusty French bread. —Billy Hensley, Mount Carmel, Tennessee
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Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

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

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

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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Cajun Beef Tenderloin

Cajun Beef Tenderloin

Cajun Beef Tenderloin

Warm up holiday gatherings with this hot spicy entree from Sue Dannahower in Fort Pierce, Florida. “The dry rub keeps the tenderloin moist and tender,” Sue promises. Because it’s so fuss-free, just pop it in the oven or grill, then sit back and make merry with guests...maybe catch the Super Bowl! TASTY TIP: For a festive change of pace from beef, resolve to try this spicy Cajun rub on pork tenderloin, too!

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

Shrimp with Creole Sauce

Shrimp with Creole Sauce

Shrimp with Creole Sauce

Dip into this zippy Creole-style sauce and you'll never crave seafood sauce again. Chunky but not too spicy, the tantalizing tomato blend complements cold shrimp or cooked seafood.
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Mini Skillet Corn Bread

Mini Skillet Corn Bread

Mini Skillet Corn Bread

My husband says this recipe is close enough to the corn bread his mother used to make, so I consider it a winner. His criteria were to "put butter on the corn bread without it crumbling to pieces" and "to be able to break it up into a glass of milk without it turning to mush."

Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

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

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

Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup

Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup

Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup

Here’s a simple soup with plenty of taste and just a little heat. Loaded with Sweet potatoes, black beans and sausage, it tastes even better the next day—if you have any left.—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

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

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.

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder

In Gretna, Louisiana, Will Zunino simmers this rich and creamy creation in his slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than four hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night.

Sausage Corn Bread Dressing

Sausage Corn Bread Dressing

Sausage Corn Bread Dressing

The phrases “holiday dinner” and “low-fat” are seldom used together, unless Rebecca Baird’s corn bread stuffing is on the menu. Made with turkey sausage, herbs, fruit and veggies, this recipe lets you enjoy all the trimmings without the guilt, notes the field editor from Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

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

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
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