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: 4.5 stars 395
Colorful King cake filled with cinnamon, sugar, pecans, and a plastic baby.
By Jo

Baked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Rating: 5 stars 10
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: 3.5 stars 21
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 424
This is an easy recipe that my children have enjoyed. They're not big fish eaters either!
By DThomRN2

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Rating: 5 stars 218
A classic New Orleans sandwich stuffed with olive salad, meat, and cheese.

Easy Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 558
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: 5 stars 18
This tasty chicken and shrimp 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

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This recipe is great for 'creamy pasta' lovers. Fettuccine noodles can easily be substituted with angel hair pasta.
By Jessica

Bananas Foster

Rating: 5 stars 1110
Elegant and quick dessert of sweet bananas cooked in a buttery rum sauce.

Sazerac Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 4
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

Rating: 5 stars 9
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.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Rating: 4.5 stars 2776

Rich and nicely spiced, with chicken breast and veggies in a creamy sauce.