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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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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.
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Creole Chicken

Creole Chicken

Creole Chicken

Chili powder lends just a hint of heat to this full-flavored and oh-so-easy chicken entree. —Susan Shields, Englewood, Florida

Captain Russell's Jambalaya

Captain Russell's Jambalaya

Captain Russell's Jambalaya

A tour guide in New Orleans gave me this recipe. It’s so easy to prepare, and the deliciously authentic Cajun flavors make it one of my favorite recipes. —Donna Lamano, Olathe, Kansas

Oven-Fried Catfish

Oven-Fried Catfish

Oven-Fried Catfish

This moist baked catfish gets its crisp golden coating from cornflake crumbs. The fillets are nicely seasoned with celery salt, onion powder and paprika. Phyllis Early of Holland, Michigan shared the recipe.
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Mini Muffuletta

Mini Muffuletta

Mini Muffuletta

People love these hearty little sandwich wedges. The recipe is great for a party and can be made the day before.—Gareth Craner, Minden, Nevada

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

“I serve this easy-to-make appetizer for every special occasion and for 'munchie meals' on big-game days,” writes Peggy Allen of Pasadena, California. “My neighbors look for it whenever we get together.”

Ham and Shrimp Jambalaya

Ham and Shrimp Jambalaya

Ham and Shrimp Jambalaya

This delightfully different jambalaya is lighter than many of the traditional sausage varieties. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover ham. I appreciate how easy it is to prepare, and I love the aroma while it's cooking.

Cajun Stir-Fry

Cajun Stir-Fry

Cajun Stir-Fry

Cubes of chicken and chunks of smoked turkey kielbasa, plus plenty of herbs and veggies, make this a hearty stir-fry. I sometimes top off servings with shredded mozzarella cheese and minced basil and parsley. —Sharon Clemens of Groveland, Illinois

Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken

Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken

Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken

My husband and three children love this tender chicken that has a spicy sauce. Peach preserves add just a touch of sweetness, while taco seasoning and salsa give this dish some kick. This entree can be made even zippier yet by adding more taco seasoning and using spicier salsa. —Sheri White, Higley, Arizona

Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken

This spicy standout packs a one-two punch of flavor. The grilled chicken is basted with a peppery white sauce—there's plenty of extra sauce left over for dipping. —Stephanie Kenney, Falkville, Alabama

Red Beans and Sausage

Red Beans and Sausage

Red Beans and Sausage

Turkey sausage makes this traditional dish more health-conscious, while a zesty blend of seasonings adds some spark. —Cathy Webster, Morris, Illinois

New Orleans Gumbo

New Orleans Gumbo

New Orleans Gumbo

I’ve been making this gumbo for at least 30 years. I’m originally from New Orleans, and I think it’s a nice taste of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter). Everyone who tastes this gumbo wants the recipe. It’s an old standby for my family, who requests it frequently. —Dolores M. Bridges, Danville, Kentucky

Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

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

Zesty Sausage & Beans

Zesty Sausage & Beans

Zesty Sausage & Beans

Our taste panel raved about this hearty and delicious dish, proclaiming it “classic man food.” Packed with sausage, beans and bacon, it’s guaranteed to satisfy the heftiest appetites at your table. —Melissa Just, Minneapolis

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

This group-size dish is quick, simple and tasty. People always ask for "just a little more". I guess you could call it one of my Southern favorites.—Kathy Rogers, Natchez, Mississippi
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