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 380
Mardi Gras isn't complete without a sweet and colorful king cake, filled with cinnamon, sugar, pecans, and maybe even a plastic baby.
By Jo

Baked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Rating: 4.89 stars 6
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 14
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

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

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Rating: 4.74 stars 212
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 20
A Cajun jambalaya that suits the whole family!

Easy Red Beans and Rice

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 17
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

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 1084
Bananas are cooked in a bubbling pan of dark brown sugar, butter, rum and cinnamon and served over ice cream with walnuts in this elegant, quick dessert.

Sazerac Cocktail

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

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.
Rating: 4.76 stars

Chicken and andouille sausage is simmered with rice and Cajun seasonings in this spicy jambalaya recipe.