12 Cajun Recipes for Mardi Gras + 7 Mardi Gras Desserts
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with some of our favorite Cajun recipes and Mardi Gras treats!
- Updated February 16, 2023
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When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of jazz, Cajun food, the French quarter, and of course Mardi Gras. This indulgent holiday, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah before the Lenten fast. We've compiled this collection of 12 Cajun Recipes for Mardi Gras + 7 Mardi Gras Desserts to help you celebrate this joyous occasion with the best food possible. Even if you're unable to visit New Orleans for this unique holiday, these recipes will let you enjoy Creole food in your own home.
Whether you're looking for a traditional recipe for gumbo, shrimp Creole, or King cake, you'll find all that and more below. If you enjoy rich stews, seafood, and sweet treats, then you will love these easy Southern recipes.
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Traditional Cajun Recipes
Since Mardi Gras in America is most associated with New Orleans, it's only fitting to celebrate the holiday with some traditional Cajun food recipes. You'll find a wide variety of Creole favorites below, and you might even want to try them all. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday, so if there was ever a time to indulge, it's now!
If you love fish and seafood, be sure to try Blackened Catfish with Crawfish Etoufee, Cajun Mardi Gras Shrimp, New Orleans Shrimp Creole, or Southern Fried Fish and Grits. For those that would prefer another way to celebrate, you can't go wrong with Best-Ever Southern Gumbo Recipe or Red Beans and Rice with Tasso.
Need more ways to get into the Mardi Gras spirit? Try this scrumptious donut recipe! Mardi Gras Donut Holes Recipe
Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes
Every holiday is better with a sweet treat, right? King cake is a traditional Mardi Gras dessert that is ring-shaped and known for it's festive colors: purple, green, and yellow. Mardi Gras is alternatively known as King's Day, a day celebrating Christ's visit from the the three kings. We've included two traditional King cake recipes, marked by their signature ring shape and rolled texture. However, if you're pressed for time, Easy King Cake Bars are a simpler alternative. Another option for Mardi Gras dessert is Louisiana beignets, a dessert that originated in New Orleans. These delectable, pillow-like treats are similar to homemade doughnuts.
In search of more classic food recipes? Be sure to check out our free, printable eCookbook, "18 Easy Southern Recipes: The Ultimate Guide to Southern Cooking and Southern Comfort Food" Free eCookbook
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