Different regions in the South are known for certain flavors and dishes. Heck, each area even has its own barbecue sauce .
Of course, Louisiana is the proud home of the Cajun and Creole recipes Southerners love. Cajun cooking is legendary in the South, and for good reason. Spice up your dinner table with classic Cajun and Creole recipes like gumbo, étouffée, jambalaya, and more. We even have Cajun and Creole recipes straight from culinary legend Leah Chase herself.
Whip up a mini muffulettas for a batch of lunches or warm up on a cold winter night with a serving of shrimp Creole. Even though many old-school Cajun and Creole recipes take hours to simmer and meld together, we've got quick-fix solutions using your cast-iron skillet and store-bought shortcuts. Host a Cajun crawfish boil for the family or kick up your summer cookout with Creole burgers. If you've never attempted one of these zesty Cajun or Creole recipes at home, now is the time. Bring Louisiana to your table with these recipes.
Smashes and flattening the okra, instead of chopping it up and then frying it, makes them easier to fit onto the sandwich.
Since the Instant Pot rose to insane popularity, our Test Kitchen has been hard at work recreating Southern classics that can be made using it.
This classic one-pot dish is loaded with Creole spices and comes together in three easy steps.
Ingredients like Andouille sausage and fresh okra only taste more delicious after a little time on the grill.
The best part about foil packet dinners? No cleanup!
This recipe combines one of our favorite old-school dishes with our favorite new-school kitchen tool.
Two Southern favorites that are often served separately meet in this dish that's incredibly flavorful and hearty enough to be a main dish.
Enriched with crawfish fat, the recipe closely resembles the original 20s dish created by Mrs. Charles Hebert at the eponymous Breaux Bridge Hebert Hotel.
Beau Beaullieu and Andy Soileau's New Iberia Kiwanis Club team has taken first place 11 times at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. This recipe for their mélange gumbo won in 2015, 2017, and 2018, so you know it's incredible.
Rich, tender beans cooked with a smoked ham hock are beautiful with buttery, fluffy rice.
This jambalaya recipe (which is made with smoked turkey, ham, and sausage) comes from Covington, Louisiana, the parish seat of St. Tammany Parish, north of Lake Pontchartrain.
Every Southerner needs a house cocktail , and we suggest this refreshing sipper that's perfect for porch sitting.
We made our version of this New Orleans sandwich on a large loaf that can be cut into mini sandwiches and shared with the whole family.
Test Kitchen Pro Ivy Odom turned this classic sauce into a delicious dip that's ideal for happy hour at the beach.
Loaded with the smoky and spicy flavor of andouille, this one-pan pasta doesn't sacrifice flavor for ease.
We have Houston's migrant populations from Vietnam and Louisiana for incredible culinary creations like this crawfish boil.
Our Test Kitchen developed this jambalaya recipe as a quick dish you can whip up on a busy weeknight.
Our Test Kitchen doesn't claim that this is the best gumbo recipe you'll ever try—they know that's the one you grew up eating. But this one is their absolute favorite, and we know you'd love how easy it is to make.
This dessert from the late New Orleans culinary legend Leah Chase proves you can have Creole flavor even at dessert.
Georgia-born chef and food blogger Jenné Claiborne took inspiration from her mom's love of Cajun seasoning to create this vegetarian sandwich.
This classic dish combines two Louisiana loves—fresh shrimp and spices. We recommend adding a dash of hot sauce for a little extra oomph.
Spice up your usual pasta night with Cajun seasoning. This one-pot pasta comes together with a handful of pantry staples.
Craving comfort food? There's no dish that feels more like a hug than red beans and rice.
The Louisiana sandwich gets the appetizer treatment when turned into an over-the-top deviled egg recipe.
We're always looking for new ways to enjoy classic recipes, and this mac and cheese with andouille sausage and Cajun seasoning is a keeper.
Our Test Kitchen's tip for creating this Creole dish? Have all the ingredients prepped before you start cooking.
There's not much you can do to make a good crab cake better, but this Cajun sauce absolutely does it.
This Louisiana dish with Native American and Creole-French roots is a delicious way to use your trusty skillet and fresh summer corn and okra.
These pretty kabobs are the ideal summer dinner—light, fresh, and made outside on the grill.
We gave gumbo a gameday-worthy spin with this addicting dip recipe.
We lightened up the classic po'boy and opted for grilled shrimp instead of fried, but we kept the Cajun flavor you love.
We took this classic French dish and made it fit for a Louisiana table with Cajun smoked sausage and seasoning and okra.
Make Chicken-Andouille Gumbo the day ahead to save time. Fresh andouille and crusty french bread are essential to this dish.
This simple version of jambalaya comes together with just two steps.
Feel free to use fresh okra when it's in season, but this recipe calls for frozen okra to ensure you can make it during the winter months, too.
Take the New Orleans sandwich to the tailgate or picnic with these mini, portable versions of it.
No one has time for a shrimp boil on any weeknight, but this pasta recipe brings all the flavor in just 35 minutes.
Your cookout deserves an upgrade with Creole seasonings and a tangy burger sauce.
We offer make-ahead and freezing instructions on this luscious Cajun Shrimp Casserole. Serve with spring mix lettuce drizzled with red wine vinaigrette.
Serve flavorful Okra Creole as a side or over rice for an easy entrée. This recipe uses frozen okra as a budget and time saver.
After preparing the roux , most of the time spent making gumbo is basically hands-free. You'll just need to stir the pot occasionally to prevent sticking. This flavorful stew recipe is worth the effort.
Every year on the Thursday before Easter, New Orleans culinary great Leah Chase used to cook up to 100 gallons of her Gumbo Z'Herbes, and the masses would flock to get a serving.
Though Southerners have created countless iterations of this Creole dish, this is our easy go-to that you can make your own with additional ingredients.
For cleanup in a snap, serve Cajun Chicken Pasta right out of the pan. Add salad and dinner rolls to complete your menu.
Deviled eggs are a mainstay on our tables, and a Creole shrimp topping only makes them more delicious.
This seafood-packed version of gumbo comes together in your Dutch oven on the stovetop.
Houston-born writer Dan Q. Dao shared his aunt Van's fried rice recipe with us, and boy, are we lucky to have it. Andouille sausage, crawfish, Cajun seasoning, and plenty of garlic make this more flavorful than any fried rice you've ever had.
Microwavable rice is the secret to this one-pan jambalaya—it absorbs all the drippings from the sausage and vegetables, and cooks perfectly alongside them without going mushy.
A batch of these classic pillowy donuts will instantly transport you to Cafe du Monde .
This recipe comes from, Creole Feast: Fifteen Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets by Nathaniel Burton and Rudy Lombard, a cookbook celebrating legendary Black chefs' contributions to Creole cuisine.