Louisiana Recipes

From the small farms of Cajun Country to the elegant Creole restaurants of New Orleans, Louisiana is home to one of the world's most colorful cuisines. Here, our favorite recipes from the state, from gumbo to bananas Foster to the classic Sazerac.

Boudin

Boudin

This is a traditional dish served at many a boucherie (cajun pig party) in southern Louisiana. See the Boudin RecipeChris Granger
Oyster Po'boy

Oyster Po'boy

This New Orleans po'boy is piled high with fried oysters.Chris Granger
Shrimp Uggie

Shrimp Uggie

The spicy sauce in this New Orleans recipe marinates for a full 2-7 days before the shrimp are cooked in it, allowing it to develop a delightful intensity. See the recipe for Shrimp Uggie »Chris Granger
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

A Cajun-inspired dessert comes from the home of Marcia Ball, blues singer and piano player.Laurie Smith
Brennan's Brandy Milk Punch

Brennan's Brandy Milk Punch

Along with the bloody mary, this creamy cocktail is a New Orleans brunch mainstay. It features an aromatic cognac named for the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte that's aged at least five years. See the recipe for Brennan's Brandy Milk Punch »Todd Coleman
Acadian Syrup Cake

Acadian Syrup Cake

Ken Smith, the executive chef at Upperline restaurant and an avid home baker, often serves this spiced, cane syrup-sweetened cake. On special occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas he pairs it with a sauce made from satsumas, a clementine-like citrus fruit that grows in Louisiana and is available in the late fall.Landon Nordeman
Upperline's Oysters St. Claude

Upperline's Oysters St. Claude

Fried oysters are paired with a garlicky sauce in a toothsome appetizer served at Upperline, a restaurant in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood.Todd Coleman
Crawfish Étouffee

Crawfish Étouffee

"I've labored many times through the archaic lingo and typos in The Picayune's Creole Cookbook version of this Cajun classic. But SAVEUR's Crawfish Étouffee is similarly authentic, was written for 21st century kitchens, and has no typos. Also, I love Psilakis' Ladolemono-- a very tart, lightly emulsified sauce from the Greek issue. But I'm partial: I used to suck on lemons as a child." _ --Marne Setton, Assistant Editor_ See the recipe for Crawfish Étouffee » See the recipe for Lemon and Olive Oil Sauce (Ladolemono) »André Baranowski
Creole-Style Fried Fish

Creole-Style Fried Fish

This recipe was given to us by Lonnee Hamilton, who recommends spooning some bacon grease into the frying oil to give the fish a smokier flavor.Todd Coleman
Stormy Morning

Stormy Morning

"We wanted to design a drink around this terrific violet liqueur, but we didn't want it to be too flowery and too soapy tasting, which could have happened if it was on its own. We started adding various things, and fine-tuned it to this particular drink. As you pour the ingredients, the purple of the creme de violette floats around in the glass and settles in the bottom like a dark cloud -- like a stormy morning." See the recipe for the Stormy Morning »Shannon Fristoe
Pigs Ears

Pigs' Ears (Oreilles de Cochon)

These crunchy fritters are typically eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with a cup of cafe au lait.Anna Stockwell
King Cake

King Cake

This traditional cake, made here with a rich brioche dough and stuffed with a decadent cream cheese filling, is drizzled with a buttermilk glaze and sprinkled with crunchy green, gold, and purple sanding sugars.Helen Rosner
Chicken and Andouille Étouffee

Chicken and Andouille Étouffee

Whisking the roux constantly is the key to evenly browning it for this hearty stew served over rice. See the recipe for Chicken and Andouille Étoufee »Anna Stockwell
New Orleans French Bread

New Orleans French Bread

Known for its irresistibly crunchy crust and sparse crumb, French bread is the ideal po'boy canvas, or cut it into quarters and serve with crab maison.Anna Stockwell
Sazerac

Sazerac

This anise-perfumed cocktail is a New Orleans classic.Todd Coleman
Crabby Jack's Oyster Po'boy

Crabby Jack's Oyster Po'boy

Oysters are fried in a spicy cornmeal breading for this classic New Orleans sandwich.Chris Granger
Classic Bananas Foster

Classic Bananas Foster

This boozy, buttery concoction of caramelized bananas flambéed in rum sauce is a dining-out classic invented at legendary New Orleans restaurant, Brennan's.Maxime Iattoni
Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz

Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz

A mix of orange flower water and gin gives this venerable New Orleans cocktail a floral character with hints of juniper, while an egg white and heavy cream give it frothy body. The longer you shake the cocktail, the frothier it gets. See the recipe for Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz »Penny De Los Santos
Brennan's Bananas Foster

Brennan's Bananas Foster

See the RecipeTodd Coleman
Arnaud's Café Brûlot Diabolique

Arnaud's Café Brûlot Diabolique

Our simplified version of the flaming coffee cocktail served at Arnaud's in New Orleans uses strong black coffee spiced with whole cloves and citrus peels. Orange curaçao and brandy give it a sweet, boozy kick.Todd Coleman
Galatoire's Rémoulade Blanc

Galatoire's Rémoulade Blanc

Inspired by a rémoulade served in New Orleans' Galatoire's, this white, mayonnaise-y blend of Creole mustard, horseradish, cayenne, and white pepper is rooted in the classic French recipe.Ingalls Photography
LeRuth's Red Shrimp Rémoulade

LeRuth's Red Shrimp Rémoulade

Spicy paprika and whole-grain mustard sauce coats plump shrimp in this classic New Orleans red rémoulade from the late chef Warren Leruth.Ingalls Photography
Creole Okra Gumbo

Creole Okra Gumbo

Most gumbos begin with a roux—a flavorful thickener made by cooking fat with flour. But there are as many ways to make a gumbo as there are cooks in Louisiana. Many versions of the dish, especially those of Creole origin, are made without a roux, including this recipe from The Times Picayune's Creole Cookbook (Random House, 1989), which uses a combination of tomatoes and okra as a thickener. While adding tomatoes to gumbo is heresy in many Cajun kitchens, Creole cooks are fans of the bright, sweet complexity they add to the dish—and so are we.Ingalls Photography
Fried Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Fried Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

New Orleans chef Donald Link was born and raised in the Cajun town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and this rustic gumbo, which is often served at his St. Charles Avenue restaurant Herbsaint, always reminds him of home. To give the gumbo added flavor, Link makes his roux with the same oil he uses to fry the chicken, which he later shreds and adds to the pot, along with his homemade andouille sausage. The result is a dark, thick, rustic stew with just the right amount of heat.Chris Granger
Oxtail Gumbo

Oxtail Gumbo

One of the best things about gumbo is that it's a truly imaginative dish—one that can be made with whatever happens to be in your kitchen at any given time. This recipe—based on a hand-written version given to us by Barbara Sias, a cook at the Rice Palace restaurant, in Crowley, Louisiana—combines inexpensive cuts of meat, including oxtail, ground sausage, and turkey necks, yielding a rich, hearty gumbo that, despite its humble ingredients, is nothing short of extraordinary.Ingalls Photography
Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

Abbeville, Louisiana native Janice Macomber, who teaches Cajun-style cooking at the New Orleans Food Experience, gave us the recipe for this seafood-laden, subtly spicy gumbo made from the bounty of Louisiana’s waters. Into the pot go blue crabs, shrimp, and delicious chunks of lump crabmeat, resulting in a dish that's reminiscent of the bayous of south Louisiana. No matter where you live, be sure to use the freshest seafood available.Chris Granger
Smoked Goose and Foie Gras Gumbo

Smoked Goose and Foie Gras Gumbo

Opened in 1880, the iconic New Orleans restaurant Commander's Palace is known for its refined versions of classic Creole dishes, such as pecan-crusted Gulf fish served with sweet corn, Gulf crab, and spiced pecans, quail lacquered with chicory-style coffee, and this elegant gumbo from chef Tory McPhail, made with rich, smoky goose meat, foie gras, and a variety of mushrooms.Ingalls Photography
Smoked Turkey and Andouille Gumbo

Smoked Turkey and Andouille Gumbo

Located in a Lafayette, Louisiana farmhouse from the 1830s that has served as both a Confederate Army headquarters and, during the city's 1980s oil boom, a singles bar, Café Vermilionville smokes the turkey for this luxurious gumbo right out back in a makeshift smoker. The resulting dish embodies the rich flavors of dark roux and barbecued meat.Ingalls Photography
Stuffed Quail Gumbo

Stuffed Quail Gumbo

This dish is sort of a gumbo in reverse: quail, roasted to a deep golden brown, is stuffed with dirty rice and smothered in a chocolate-colored purée of roux, andouille, duck, and vegetables. As you slice the quail, the dirty rice falls out, spilling into the bowl and mixing with the sauce.Chris Granger
Smothered Okra

Smothered Okra

Okra is a prized ingredient in Louisiana, particularly for gumbo, where it lends an earthy flavor and serves as a natural thickening agent. Since the fuzzy green pod's growing season is limited to the spring through the fall, resourceful home cooks preserve the vegetable in a variety of ways. Tina Hensgens, who works at the Falcon Rice Mill in Crowley, Louisiana, smothers her freshly picked okra with tomatoes in the summer, and freezes large batches of it so she and her husband can enjoy it year-round. See the recipe for Smothered Okra »Ingalls Photography
Prejean's Potato Salad

Prejean's Potato Salad

If you order one of the spectacular gumbos served at Prejean's restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, the wait staff will likely ask: “Would you like potato salad with that?” The version they serve isn’t simply meant to be a side; here, it is common for diners to stir the salad right into the gumbo. Doing so cools the gumbo down to room temperature and adds a creaminess that's akin to melting ice cream.Chris Granger
Smoked Duck Gumbo

Smoked Duck Gumbo

Prejean's restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, dishes up this rich gumbo chock full of smoked duck and andouille sausage.Chris Granger