15 Top Mardi Gras Inspired Recipes

Mardi Gras, Regional Food, Trending
on February 2, 2016

Check out this ranking of some of the most shared Mardi Gras recipes from around the web—just in time for a celebration of your own.

New Orleans Style Shrimp and Rice

Zesty and hearty, this quick-cooking dish is a must-have for any proper Mardi Gras celebration.

New Orleans Style Shrimp and Rice| This flavorful and hearty dish is a Mardi Gras classic.

Martha Stewart


Cajun Chicken and Rice

This spicy main packs quite the punch! Requiring only six ingredients, it’s ideal for a last minute soiree.

Cajun Chicken and Rice| Great recipe for Mardi Gras with only six ingredients.

Kevin and Amanda


Muffuletta Sandwich

A French Quarter classic, this monster of a sandwich boasts a divine olive relish, mortadella, hot sopressata and provolone cheese. 


Tasting Table


New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

This Louisiana favorite is best served with a green salad, baguette, and New Orleans-style beer (like Abita).

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice|Classic Cajun stew with lots of spicy flavor!

Amazing Ribs


Shrimp Po Boys with Creamy Cajun Sauce

Buttery shrimp is doused in a creamy Cajun sauce and served in a hoagie, with shredded cabbage or lettuce (for a little extra crunch).

Shrimp Po Boys with Creamy Cajun Sauce

Fav Family Recipes


Baked Honey Cajun Shrimp

Seafood fans will adore this next recipe served any which way—over mashed potatoes, pasta, white rice, or with a hunk of crusty bread.

Baked Honey Cajun Shrimp| An easy and quick dinner featuring shrimp in a sweet and spicy Cajun sauce.

Natashas Kitchen



Although this dish is delicious any time of year, it’s a special favorite during Mardi Gras season. So hearty and full of texture and spice, you’ll polish off bowl after bowl.

Gumbo|A rich and flavorful stew that is perfect any time of year.

Add A Pinch


New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp

New Orleans “barbecue” is actually an irresistible combination of butter and Worcestershire sauce—it’s the best for sautéeing shrimp to utter perfection.

New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp| Butter and Worcestershire sauce make this shrimp better than anything!

Once Upon A Chef


Boudin King Cake

A Mardi Gras staple gets a savory makeover with Cajun sausage, pepper jack cheese, and a pepper jelly relish.

Boudin King Cake| A savory version of the Mardi Gras favorite.

Acadiana Table


Creamy Crawfish Dip

Nothing pairs better with fresh crawfish than a rich cream sauce spiced with Creole seasoning.

Creamy Crawfish Dip| Perfect for Mardi Gras or tailgating!

The Kitchn


Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

This version of the New Orleans favorite features a couple of nontraditional twists—it’s lightener, but still tastes unbelievably decadent.

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster| This lightened up version of the New Orleans favorite can be made right in your slow cooker!

Skinny Ms.


Crawfish Cornbread

These rich and cheesy biscuit is packed with seafood, spice, and everything nice.

Crawfish Cornbread| An irresistible combination of cornbread, cheese, and crawfish.

CS Monitor



These light and airy French doughnuts aren’t complete without a generous dusting of powdered sugar and a cafe au lait.

Beignets| Classic French doughnuts which are perfect for Mardi Gras.

Dessert for Two


New Orleans Praline Brownies

Rich chocolate brownies with a nutty praline topping make for an ideal grab-and-go Mardi Gras dessert.

New Orleans Praline Brownies| Easy and rich Mardi Gras dessert.

Betty Crocker


Pepper Weenies with Smoked Bacon and Vidalia Onion Marmalade

These dressed-up hot dogs owe their flavor to a spicy broth bath and a rich, savory marmalade. They’re a natural pick for an easy party main.

Pepper Weenies with Smoked Bacon and Vidalia Onion Marmalade| Perfect Cajun favorite for Mardi Gras.

The Kitchn