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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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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

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

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

I jazz up turkey Creole style with the trinity of onions, bell peppers and celery—plus a stuffing that gets hotter and hotter the longer it sits. —Eric Olsson, Macomb, MI

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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

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.

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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Meat 'n' Pepper Corn Bread

Meat 'n' Pepper Corn Bread

Meat 'n' Pepper Corn Bread

It suits me to be able to brown and bake this corn bread in the same cast-iron-skillet—such convenience!—Rita Carlson, Idaho Falls, Idaho ;

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

Bananas Foster Sundaes for 2

Bananas Foster Sundaes for 2

Bananas Foster Sundaes for 2

I have wonderful memories of eating Bananas Foster in New Orleans, and as a dietitian, wanted to find a healthier version. I combined the best of two recipes and added my own tweaks to create this Southern treat. And with this version, it's the perfect dessert for two! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina

Cajun Butter

Cajun Butter

Cajun Butter

Melt this zippy butter from our Test Kitchen over grilled corn on the cob and you'll be grinning from ear to ear!

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

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.

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.

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

There’s plenty of sauce with these shrimp—I always have some bread on the side to soak it up. Make it your own by using your favorite amber beer or flavorful broth.—Mark Oppe, North Pole, Alaska

Creole Shrimp & Rice

Creole Shrimp & Rice

Creole Shrimp & Rice

Running late for dinner? Here's a light weekday supper recipe with lots of Creole flavor that couldn't be much quicker or easier to prepare! Elsie Epp - Newton, Kansas

Spinach Po'boys

Spinach Po'boys

Spinach Po'boys

I came across this recipe when I lived and worked in New Orleans, where po’boys are very popular. This meatless version featuring spinach and cheese can be served as an appetizer or sandwich, or try it as a side dish with a pasta casserole.

Cajun Beef Brisket

Cajun Beef Brisket

Cajun Beef Brisket

There's nothing like seeing my husband's eyes light up when he comes through the door and sees I've prepared this meal for him. The recipe is tried and true.
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