Easy Cajun Recipes Anyone Can Make

Don’t let the mind-blowing flavors and spice scare you off we have 16 Cajun recipes that any cook can reproduce
Easy Cajun Recipes Anyone Can Make

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This gumbo recipe from The Grill Room in New Orleans is delicious served over jasmine rice.

Green bell pepper, onion, and celery — the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine is the aromatic base for most traditional Cajun recipes.  You can almost hear Paul Prudhomme’s thick, put-upon, Cajun accent pronouncing some of these iconic dishes, like gumbo, étouffée, and andouille (ahn-dew-wee) sausage.

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Prudhomme made Cajun food famous in the ‘70s through his New Orleans’ restaurants, Commander’s Palace and K-Paul’s, and his television show Always Cooking! , but he didn’t invent the genre. Cajun cuisine came 40 years after the establishment of New Orleans and Creole cooking; eventually, it would be known simply as “Louisiana cooking.”

The spices and flavors of classic Cajun cuisine are exaggerated by the chefs that now represent the genre, like Emeril Lagasse and his predecessor Prudhomme, but the basic principles of what makes Cajun food unique are all there.

The rich, vibrant dishes are flavored by this trinity of ingredients, carefully sautéed to develop a rich base. Cajun cooking is a labor of love, from vigorously stirring roux to form the base and thickening agent for flavorful gumbos, to adjusting and readjusting the seasonings to find that perfect balance of cayenne pepper, scallion, garlic, and creaminess — but cooking a Cajun meal doesn’t have to be exhausting.

We have rounded up our favorite Cajun dishes that balance the heat, pack in that mind-blowing flavor, and are simple enough for any cook to follow.

Andouille-Stuffed Peppers

Andouille-Stuffed Peppers

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These andouille-stuffed peppers have plenty of Cajun spice to them.

Green peppers in Cajun dishes inspired this recipe. For a healthy choice instead of andouille, substitute chicken sausage, cubed chicken or other protein.Taste of Home

For the Andouille-Stuffed Peppers recipe, click here.

Bayou Potato Salad

Bayou Potato Salad

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This Bayou potato salad is a classic Louisiana recipe.

Enjoy this potato salad on its own or stir it into your gumbo for a welcomed creaminess that will cool the heat.

For the Bayou Potato Salad recipe, click here.
 


Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.

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