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4 Mouthwatering Cajun Recipes to Spice Up Dinnertime

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David Larsen
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Isn’t it the most heartwarmingly satisfying feeling when the entire family comes together for a delicious dinner? The space slowly fills with sweet aromas, laughter, and conversations around the dinner table. Even the occasional jest, disagreement, or debate enlivens the atmosphere and adds warmth to the gathering.

However, when planning the dinner menu, one might feel stuck between pleasing everyone and bringing in some variety. But if you’re looking for recipes that blend spicy and flavorful, there’s nothing like a classic Cajun dish to complete your dinner table.

Cajun cuisine is the perfect example of soul food bound to make everyone swoon. Its rich and smoky flavors, spiciness, and the “holy trinity” of celery, bell peppers, and onions are the perfect way to add zing to your dinner.

Here are the top four mouthwatering Cajun recipes you should try:

1.    Cajun Dirty Rice 

This one-pot wonder is a perfect blend of flavors and texture for a mouthwatering dinner.

You need:

  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • Ground pork and beef
  • Onion 
  • Bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Long-grain white rice 
  • Salt and cracked black pepper
  • Italian herb blend 
  • Chili powder
  • Chicken or beef base with bone broth 

First, stir the concentrated broth with hot water to make the base. Then, heat the olive oil in the skillet and add the onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes.

Next, add in the ground pork and beef. Sauté until lightly browned, then season with salt, pepper, Italian herb blend, and chili powder. Then, pour in the broth.

Add uncooked rice to the skillet and stir thoroughly. Pour hot water, cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Follow this popular dirty rice recipe for step-by-step instructions, tips, and tricks to get that perfect flavor.

2.    Shrimp Étouffée

If your family is a shrimp lover, they’ll love this classic Cajun dish’s creamy and hearty flavors. What’s best? You can prepare it in less than an hour and enjoy it on any day of the week.

You need:

  • Two pounds of peeled and deveined shrimp 
  • One cup of unsalted butter
  • One cup of all-purpose flour
  • Two onions, chopped
  • One bell pepper, diced
  • Two cloves of garlic, minced
  • Three cups of chicken broth or stock
  • One teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Two teaspoons of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked white rice for serving

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Add the holy trinity to the pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are softened. Pour in the chicken broth or stock and boil it. Add cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.

Next, stir in the shrimp and cook until pink or just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Avoid overcooking the shrimp – it makes the shrimp rubbery and ruins the dish’s flavor. Serve with cooked white rice, garnish with parsley, and enjoy.

3.    Crawfish Boil

A crawfish boil is the perfect way to entertain family and friends in your backyard while enjoying some of the best Cajun flavors. It is deliciously spicy, flavorful, and easy to make. 

You need: 

  • Five pounds of crawfish
  • One pound of small red potatoes quartered
  • Four ears of corn, cut into thirds 
  • Two sliced lemons
  • One onion, chopped 
  • Two tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning
  • Three cloves of garlic, minced
  • Two bay leaves 
  • One teaspoon of cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Melted butter for serving (optional)

Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil. Add potatoes, corn, and lemon slices and simmer for 15 minutes. Once done, add crawfish, onion, garlic, Old Bay seasoning, bay leaves and cayenne pepper. Simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the crawfish are cooked through and bright red. 

Once done, drain the liquid and transfer the crawfish boil to a large bowl. Serve with melted butter if desired, and garnish with parsley. 

4.    Spicy Cajun Chicken

When dinner feels like a chore, this easy spicy Cajun chicken is the perfect meal to whip up. It’s full of flavor and only takes a few ingredients. 

You need:

  • Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil 
  • One tablespoon of Cajun seasoning 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Two cloves of garlic, minced 
  • One teaspoon of smoked paprika 
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano 
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

Mix the garlic, Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on both sides of the chicken breasts and season properly with salt and pepper.

Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is well cooked. Or you can look out for the ideal temperature to achieve the perfect doneness. 

Serve with your favorite accompaniments such as roasted potatoes or vegetables, risotto, polenta, mashed potatoes, rice, or sautéed greens. 


Family dinners are special moments for parents, children, and even grandparents to bond and share the day’s experiences and thoughts while enjoying a good meal. So, prepare the Cajun dirty rice when you’re in the mood for something saucy, flavorful, and comforting. Or make the spicy Cajun chicken when quick dinners are what you need on a busy night. Crawfish boil and shrimp étouffée are also mouthwatering Cajun dishes that make for a perfect meal any day of the week. 

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