Creole cooking and recipes originated in Louisiana and blend French, Spanish, Caribbean, and other cuisines. A Creole dinner is the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras. Serve a Mardi Gras dinner of Creole cooking with these savory recipes.

Creole Shrimp & Rice

Family Circle

A melting pot of traditions go into Creole dishes French, Spanish, African and Native American originating in the Louisiana Bayou.

Sweet Potato Catfish with Andouille Cream Drizzle

Better Homes and Gardens

Boil and mash the potatoes with the skins still on to add extra color and texture to this Creole side dish.

Total: 1 hr 40 mins

Creole Vegetable Jambalaya

Family Circle

For traditional jambalaya, shrimp and sausage are stirred into the vegetables and rice, not served on the side. Carrots, cauliflower, and squash are a delicious addition to this Cajun recipe.

Cajun Chicken With Dirty Rice


The rice is "dirty" because it's mixed in with the chicken and vegetables instead of being served plain. Try this quick low-fat meal when you crave Cajun food.

Stir-Fried Fish Creole

Better Homes and Gardens

This saucy fish and rice combo was made famous in New Orleans. Halibut and haddock also are excellent choices for this easy recipe.

Cajun Snapper with Red Beans and Rice

Better Homes and Gardens

Red beans and rice along with Creole seasoning bring a Cajun flair to this red snapper main dish recipe.

Creole Carnival Burgers

Midwest Living

The spicy flavor of Cajun seasoning brings out the robust flavor of the beef in these burgers. Serve them at a cookout with a variety of toppers.

Red Bean Vegetable Jambalaya

Family Circle

Bean and vegetables make a sauce to top the couscous in this high fiber dinner recipe.

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

Better Homes and Gardens

Creole Crab Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Ground red pepper gives these appetizer crab cakes a bit of kick.

Shrimp and Sausage Creole

Diabetic Living

Using smoked turkey sausage adds flavor to this Louisiana-style 30-minute dinner while keeping the calories and fat low.

Total: 30 mins

Creole-Style Shrimp and Grits

Diabetic Living

Full-flavored Creole seasoning, fresh asparagus, red sweet pepper, and onion impart flavors of French, Spanish, and African cuisines to this recipe. The shrimp and vegetables offer nutrients to enhance immunity, boost energy, and safeguard against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Total: 35 mins


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Spicy Cajun Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve the seasoned broiled shrimp with the homemade mayonnaise dressing for a quick and easy appetizer.

Total: 30 mins
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