Mardi Gras Recipes

Find Mardi Gras King Cake and recipes for classic Cajun and Creole favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, hurricanes, and more!

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Mardi Gras King Cake

Rating: 4.53 stars
The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside, the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party.
By Jo

Baked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Rating: 4.89 stars
Gumbo doesn't have to be hard! Instead of slowly cooking and stirring a roux for what seems like forever, try this alternative baked method. It's not a shortcut per se, but cooking it in the oven will save you from having to stand over the stove for hours. Serve hot with a spoonful of white rice.

Air Fryer Beignets

Rating: 3.6 stars
These beignets take on a wholesome aspect as they're cooked in an air fryer. You will need a silicone egg-bite mold, available through retailers like Amazon®.

Crab Stuffed Flounder

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is an easy recipe that my children have enjoyed. They're not big fish eaters either!

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Rating: 4.72 stars
These gigantic sandwiches were invented a century ago at Sicilian Deli here in New Orleans. The spicy, tangy olive salad is what really sets this meat and cheese sandwich apart. A genuine muffuletta should be made on oven-fresh Italian bread topped with sesame seeds. Be sure and use the highest-quality ingredients available; it really makes a difference! Since you're going to all the trouble of making the olive salad, consider doubling the recipe so you'll have some extra waiting around for when you get another muffuletta craving -- it keeps for at least a month! Note: Use round bread loaves for real muffuletta.

Andouille, Shrimp, and Chicken Jambalaya

Rating: 4.83 stars
A Cajun jambalaya that suits the whole family!

Easy Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.34 stars
This is an easy and delicious take on a Louisiana classic that you can prepare and cook in 40 minutes! I use turkey kielbasa to cut down on the fat, but not the flavor. Season with hot pepper sauce if you like.

Instant Pot® Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken

Rating: 4.89 stars
This easy jambalaya is made all in one pot--your Instant Pot®! Heat lovers can double the hot pepper sauce to give it an extra kick. Serve over white rice.

Crawfish Fettuccine II

Rating: 4.6 stars
This recipe is great for 'creamy pasta' lovers. Fettuccine noodles can easily be substituted with angel hair pasta.

Bananas Foster II

Rating: 4.8 stars
On Father's Day we all tried this delicious dessert, which everyone loved. Bananas warmed in buttery rum sauce over vanilla ice cream.

Sazerac Cocktail

Rating: 4.75 stars
There's a lot to love about this classic whiskey and bitters beverage. The official drink of New Orleans, the Sazerac is every bit as aromatic and flavorful as most anything else from down on the bayou.

Firecracker Shrimp Roll with Crab Aioli

Rating: 4.89 stars
Inspired by a shrimp po'boy with crab mayo seen on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,' I decided to do an extra spicy version and give it a 4th of July-friendly name. The result is an explosively flavored combination of hot, crunchy shrimp and cold crabby mayo. This was one of the best things I've had in a long time, and that's after eating it barely warm; for best results, though, be sure to enjoy this just as soon as it's safe to eat, in all its crunchy glory.

Inspiration and Ideas

King Cakes Rule Mardi Gras
Check out our gallery of our favorite recipes, from coffee cake-style pastries to sweet bread-like desserts.
7 Instant Pot® Recipes for Mardi Gras
These Fat Tuesday favorites are easy enough for weeknights.

Kickin' Collard Greens

Rating: 4.75 stars

If you like greens you will love this recipe. The bacon and onions give them a wonderful flavor. Add more red pepper for a little more spice.