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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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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.
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Hearty Muffuletta

Hearty Muffuletta

Hearty Muffuletta

Famous in Louisiana, muffulettas are cold cuts, cheese and olive salad layered into an Italian bread shell. I was happy when a friend and co-worker gave me this recipe so I could make them myself. More than a meal, it’s a dining experience!

Corn Bread Pork Casserole

Corn Bread Pork Casserole

Corn Bread Pork Casserole

Rich, creamy mushroom stuffing inside moist chops makes this dish special enough to serve company. “Although the recipe serves just two, it can easily be doubled or tripled,” notes LaDonna Reed, a field editor from Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Cajun Fettuccine

Cajun Fettuccine

Cajun Fettuccine

It's nice to serve this zesty creamy casserole when you want a change from pasta dishes with a tomato sauce. The Cajun flavor really reflects this region of the country.—Jackie Turnage, New Iberia, Louisiana
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Cajun-Style Catfish

Cajun-Style Catfish

Cajun-Style Catfish

These nicely spiced fillets are sure to win you a boatload of compliments! "I got the original recipe from a chef in the culinary arts department of a college where I used to work," recalls reader Dolores Barnas from Basdell, New York.

Forgotten Jambalaya

Forgotten Jambalaya

Forgotten Jambalaya

During chilly months, I fix this jambalaya at least once a month. It’s so easy…just chop the vegetables, dump everything in the slow cooker and forget it! Even my sons, who are picky about spicy things, like this dish. —Cindi Coss, Coppell, Texas

Cinnamon Biscuit Peach Cobbler

Cinnamon Biscuit Peach Cobbler

Cinnamon Biscuit Peach Cobbler

As a high school English teacher, I don't always have time to make the gourmet meals I would like. This recipe is a quick, simple treat that I made once and now have to bring to every gathering! If short on time, substitute refrigerated biscuits and sprinkle with the walnut and cinnamon mixture. —Fawna Eastman, Lewistown, Montana

Mushroom Crab Melts

Mushroom Crab Melts

Mushroom Crab Melts

I received this recipe from my grandmother. The rich open-faced treats are great with a green salad, but I've also cut them into quarters to serve as hors d'oeuvres. To save time, make the crab-mushroom topping early in the day and store it in the refrigerator.

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder

I simmer my rich and creamy shrimp soup in the slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than 4 hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night. —Will Zunio, Gretna, Louisiana

Shrimp and Scallop Kabobs

Shrimp and Scallop Kabobs

Shrimp and Scallop Kabobs

“These seafood kabobs are a big hit with everyone who loves spicy food. Don’t forget to use the extra seasoned butter as a dipping sauce!” Mitzi Sentiff — Annapolis, Maryland

Hearty Red Beans & Rice

Hearty Red Beans & Rice

Hearty Red Beans & Rice

My husband loves this quick and filling entree. The entire family gobbles this right up! —Sherri Miller, Greencastle, Indiana

Banana Beignet Bites

Banana Beignet Bites

Banana Beignet Bites

When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they're pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia

Big-Batch Baked Beans

Big-Batch Baked Beans

Big-Batch Baked Beans

"All in the family" is how Kathy Herron describes her tasty baked beans. "My mom got the recipe from my aunt, then shared it with me when she saw how much my husband enjoyed the dish. It's great to take to potlucks and picnics," jots Kathy from Jamestown, New York.

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

“I keep on the lookout for recipes that serve two,” explains LaDonna Reed. “We’re also watching our fat grams, so this main course was a great find. Adjust the spice level by decreasing the Cajun seasoning,” she writes from Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Creole Pork Chops

Creole Pork Chops

Creole Pork Chops

I've had this recipe for over twenty years and love it. Since the children are grown, I now cook just half the recipe for my husband and I. And it's so easy! You'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time. —Ann Rogers, Ocala, Florida
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