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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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Festive King's Cake

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Stacey Feather
In New Orleans, after the cake is baked a tiny toy baby is often inserted into it. Whoever gets the piece with the baby is supposed to have a year of good luck. The catch is they must also throw a Mardi Gras party next year. — Stacey West-Feather, Jay, Oklahoma
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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

Grandma's Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

Grandma's Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

Grandma's Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

I’m originally from Louisiana, where my grandma spoke Cajun French as she taught me her spicy chicken spaghetti, lovingly made on an old woodstove. —Brenda Melancon, McComb, Mississippi

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

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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

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

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.
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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.

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

Caribbean Rice 'n' Shrimp

Caribbean Rice 'n' Shrimp

Caribbean Rice 'n' Shrimp

This tasty meal-in-one is flavorful and hearty. The shrimp, asparagus and tomato combine to create a colorful and lightly spicy dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Summertime Main-Dish Salad

Summertime Main-Dish Salad

Summertime Main-Dish Salad

Summertime Main-Dish Salad, from field editor Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana, is cook and satisfying. "This salad has all the spark of Cajun jambalaya," Ruby remarks.

Lime Broiled Catfish

Lime Broiled Catfish

Lime Broiled Catfish

To serve a reduced-calorie dish that is ready in about 15 minutes. I came up with this fast simple recipe. I think the lime juice adds a different fresh flavor to the mild taste of the fish. —Nick Nicholson, Clarksdale, Mississippi

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."

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

This is a perfect way to use up your garden's green beans. The Cajun flavor makes it different from your regular green bean recipe.—Shannon Lewis, Andover, Minnesota



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

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.

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.

Flavorful Crawfish Etouffee

Flavorful Crawfish Etouffee

Flavorful Crawfish Etouffee

This dish is a pleasure to serve because it's attractive as well as tasty.
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