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21+ Easy Cajun Recipes for a Taste of Louisiana


Easy Cajun Recipes for a Taste of Louisiana

Bring the bold and flavorful flavors of Louisiana to your kitchen with these Easy Cajun Recipes, for spice and soul that meet in every dish. These recipes capture the essence of Cajun cuisine, with the taste of the Bayou in each delicious bite.

1. Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya 

Starting strong, we have a great recipe for jambalaya. Nothing says Bayou more than a classic jambalaya recipe!

2. One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta 

Creamy cajun chicken pasta is a rich, bold-flavored recipe. The fragrant spice mix makes this dish a must for spicy food lovers, and the cream cheese balances out the dish beautifully.

3. Jambalaya 

Chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, and Cajun spices make this Creole creation spectacular. Sauteeing the veggies in the drippings from the sausage adds a ton of flavor. This one is a keeper!

4. Seafood Gumbo 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more Cajun recipe than seafood gumbo, and this is a great example of this iconic dish. Shrimp, crab, and andouille sausage make this hearty dish very tasty.

5. Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta 

Very similar to the first creamy Cajun chicken pasta, this one adds broccoli for a bit of color and fiber. As always, Cajun spices make the mild-tasting Alfredo sauce pop with added flavor!

6. Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice 

Red beans and rice are a great choice for an easy middle-of-the-week dinner, and adding hot sauce and andouille sausage turns them into something quite special. They’re light but flavorful, and easy to make in the crock pot.

7. Cajun Shrimp Pasta 

This recipe is rich and savory and a perfect date night dish. What can be better than succulent shrimp bathed in a rich creamy sauce over hot, steamy, freshly cooked pasta?

8. Crawfish Etouffee 

Crawfish étouffée is a dish perfectly designed to highlight the sweetness of the small crustaceans. These rich Cajun flavors complement the mild-tasting crawfish perfectly, the broth is to die for, and spooned over rice, they become a comforting, rich-tasting meal!

9. Cajun Pasta with Sausage and Peppers 

The fresh bell peppers and tomato are crisp and refreshing compared to the cream and richness of the rest of the pasta. Make sure you use real andouille sausage to make it perfect!

10. Shrimp Creole 

Shrimp creole is a sweet, tomatoey stew that elevates the flavor of mild-tasting shrimp. Bell peppers, onions, and celery are the veggies of choice, and you can serve them over cauliflower rice for a low-carb meal.

11. Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo 

Andouille sausage and shrimp are staples in Cajun and Creole recipes, they go well together and elevate each other’s flavors. In this recipe, you need to get the roux as dark as caramel, and you’ve made the perfect New Orleans dish!

12. Cajun Chicken Alfredo 

This recipe leans more into the Italian/Cajun fusion side, with a strong Alfredo sauce and dashes of iconic Cajun spices. Make sure you don’t skimp on the heavy cream – otherwise, the sauce might fall apart!

13. Cajun Mac and Cheese 

Cajun mac and cheese is like if you took regular mac and cheese and added more flavor than you ever thought possible. It’s a perfect comfort food meal.

14. Cajun Chicken, Sausage, and Rice 

With a big enough pot, this recipe can be a one-pot stew and makes for perfect leftovers. To make it even easier, use rotisserie chicken and throw it in at the end of the cooking process to heat it without drying it out.

15. Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo 

Louisiana’s cuisine is multicultural and has French, African, Spanish, Irish, Italian, and even Native American influences. Gumbo is one of those recipes where you can taste a little of everything. Keep this one close, it is outstanding!

Cajun recipes are packed with a ton of flavors and experimenting with the amount you add to the recipes is a must. These recipes show that once you get the basics down, you’ll be cooking like a pro and mastering the art of Cajun cuisine!