Southern Main Dish Recipes

Cooking signature Southern main dishes will be easy with 280+ recipes for barbecue, catfish, crawfish, jambalaya, pork chops, and fried chicken complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Tanya's Louisiana Southern Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 113
This recipe is from my grandmother and great grandmother's family.
By Allrecipes Member

Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 96
An easy spicy dish. Adjust the spices to your needs - less Creole Seasoning if you like it mild, add chili powder or cayenne pepper for more kick! This is also good with salsa on top. You can substitute 1/2 pound dried black-eyed peas, cooked for the canned black-eyed peas if you wish.

Southern Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.5 stars 143
Buttermilk-marinated catfish fried in a light and crispy cornmeal batter.

Ann's Shrimp Etouffee

Rating: 4.5 stars 245
Delicious shrimp dish with a Cajun flair! I've spent 6 years perfecting this shrimp recipe. I use shrimp harvested from a local shrimp farm. This is also great with firm crab meat or fish!!

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

Rating: 5 stars 303
These ribs will have the smoky flavor without all the grilling time. It takes just 30 minutes on the grill to give the ribs that smoky flavor Southerners expect. You can use this recipe for spare ribs too, just bake for 15 minutes longer.


Rating: 5 stars 1049
A spicy jambalaya recipe with chicken, andouille sausage, rice and Cajun seasonings.
By Allrecipes Member

Crawfish Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
This delicious pie is loaded with crawfish and fresh vegetables. Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy crawfish when you make this pie!

Barlow's Blackened Catfish

Rating: 4.5 stars 509
Cajun catfish served up with just the right touch of spices and flavor. This entree is perfect for a quick, excellent way to taste the unique flavor of catfish mixed with the traditional method of down south cooking, just without all the fat. Serve on top of white rice.

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars 1440
This chicken fried steak recipe is a Southern dish your family will love!

Southern Burgers

Rating: 4 stars 47
This is a quick hamburger recipe that I threw together one night. Pretty good for a guy!
By Wayne

Key West Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 1574
This recipe from the Florida Keys has been given to almost everyone I know. It is the best marinade for chicken, and it only takes 30 minutes from prep till you can grill! It's a great blend of flavors with honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. If you have time, try marinating overnight for the fullest flavor.

Simple Country Ribs

Rating: 4.5 stars 588
Extra tender, extra flavorful ribs, bursting with barbeque flavor.

Inspiration and Ideas

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
Rating: Unrated 1344
Andouille stars in this authentic red beans and rice recipe.
Dave's Low Country Boil
Rating: Unrated 535
A one-pot feast of seafood, sausage, corn, and potatoes. Summery and fun!
Old Charleston-Style Shrimp and Grits
Rating: 5 stars 1134

This shrimp and grits recipe is a traditional low-country favorite!