Cajun and Creole Recipes

You, too, can make incomparable Cajun and Creole dishes at home like gumbo, etouffee, po'boys, jambalaya, and crawfish fettucine. Check out these recipes.

Staff Picks

Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Étouffée

Rating: 5 stars 583
An authentic Louisiana recipe with a rich and spicy fresh tomato based roux with fresh garlic, bell peppers, celery and onions mixed with crawfish and shrimp. A little time consuming but well worth it!! Serve over steamed rice with hushpuppies and/or crackers on the side.

Cajun Spice Mix

Rating: 5 stars 434
This Cajun spice mix can easily be made at home with common spices from your pantry.

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!!

Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Rating: 4.5 stars 778
I have always loved Cajun foods but my wife doesn't like the 'kick.' In response to this, I made my traditional Jambalaya without the heat. Everyone loved this recipe and I hope you will to. Enjoy!
By Allrecipes Member

Creole Coffee

Rating: 4 stars 7
Good and simple. Rich, dark-roast coffee and chicory, molasses, and cream makes for a delicious cup of coffee.

Cajun Corn and Bacon Maque Choux

Rating: 4.5 stars 64
This is a Cajun recipe I've had forever! I first prepared it when I was in my high school class in Metairie, Louisiana. It's awesome!

Gumbo Style Chicken Creole

Rating: 4.5 stars 537
Delicious chicken gumbo consistency with tomato base. Makes plenty to last for several days. Serve over hot cooked rice and sprinkle with filé powder, if desired.

What Is the Holy Trinity of Cajun Cooking?

Credit for the term Holy Trinity goes to celebrity chef and South Louisiana native Paul Prudhomme, who may or may not have come up with it first. 
By Mary Claire Lagroue

Crawfish Fettuccine II

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This recipe is great for 'creamy pasta' lovers. Fettuccine noodles can easily be substituted with angel hair pasta.
By Jessica

Microwave Roux

Rating: 3.5 stars 8
Quick and easy way to make roux. Almost goof proof.

Crawfish Boulettes

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Boulettes is French for 'little balls.' These combine the naturally sweet taste of crawfish tails with the Cajun 'Trinity' of onions, bell peppers, and celery, with an extra kick from the Cajun seasoning. They are deep fried until golden brown and delicious. You will love these!

Creole Shrimp and Pasta Meuniere

Rating: 4.5 stars 40
This recipe is one of my favorites, because the taste of the shrimp doesn't get lost in the sauce. The sauce has just a hint of a kick, and really enhances the shrimp. Just wonderful...enjoy!!
By Betty Pritchard

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Andouille Gumbo
Rating: Unrated 341
"Delicious! My dad's side of the family is all Cajun, so whenever we went to visit them I got to enjoy their gumbo. This turned out just like I remember!" – JessicaD
All About Roux
This thickening agent for soups and sauces dates back more than 300 years.
Slow Cooker Chicken Creole
Rating: 4 stars 362

The stewed tomatoes and jalapeno pepper give this slow cooker recipe its Creole zing, along with seasoning and other veggies. This is an easy and tasty Creole chicken recipe. Just put all ingredients into the slow cooker and let it simmer all day. It's perfect over egg noodles. Add extra water and veggies to the leftovers to make a tasty afternoon soup.