Foods of Louisiana and Louisiana Cooking! Delicious!

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Louisiana is known for many things: music, culture, but most importantly, cuisine! The foods of Louisiana are often on the spicier side and known all around the world as “Cajun Cuisine”. The history of recipes and foods of Louisiana is an interesting one. There are influences from France, Spain, Africa, and India. However, there are parts of Louisiana that offer a more soul food-like experience. Where the Southern parts of Louisiana enjoy cajun, seafood dishes, Northern Louisiana prefers smothered meats and greens. Combined, these flavors make for amazing dishes and now, you can cook like a Bourbon Street Chef in your very own kitchen! You can learn what it means to live to eat instead of eating to live. I present to you: Food of Lousiana!

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

I recently had an amazing trip to Southwest Lousiana, where mostly all I did was eat!  Not exactly, but it sure did seem like it, although Mardi Gras was happening at the same time. My hosts couldn’t wait to introduce me to their style of foods. After that, it was a trip to New Orleans that took me over the edge!

Louisiana Cooking

Gumbo |African Bites|a hearty stew thickened with a browned roux, flour, and oil.  Mix in okra, filé,  and ground sassafras leaves

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

Shrimp Etouffee | Simply Recipes| Etoufee is meat with butter sauce and chopped vegetables

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

Fried Crawfish Etouffee Balls | Louisiana Cookin

New Orleans Dirty Rice | Just a Pinch

Jambalaya | Gimme Some Oven| a seasoned rice dish made with meat or seafood

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

Char-grilled Oysters | Desire Oyster Bar | New Orleans

These things were to die for. In fact, I think I went to Desire Oyster Bar three times in one week, just have these juicy fellas – a dozen oysters that have been grilled and soaked in a herb and lemon butter garlic sauce with melted cheese and a side of soft, white bread to soak up this goodness! Perfection!

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana cooking

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya | The Speckled Palate

Chicken and Dirty Rice | The Chunky Chef

Crawfish Etouffée Pistolettes |Pistolettes are fried stuffed bread rolls

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Crawfish Etouffée Pistolettes

Foods of Louisiana

Red Beans and Rice | Kalyn’s Kitchen

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

My first dinner of crayfish in Louisiana was at a place called Seafood Palace in Lake Charles. The place was packed with people for their down-home style of Louisiana cooking or to be more specific for massive amounts of crayfish! Apparently, late February is the perfect time for fresh crayfish. They are also known by many other names: crawdads, Crawdaddy’s, crawfish, ecrevisse, langouste, rock lobsters, sea crawfishes, and spiny lobsters. Boiled crawfish is a “must eat” for seafood lovers in Lousiana!

Crayfish | Seafood Palace – Lake Charles

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are more of a southern Louisana delicacy which is made from young, unripened red tomatoes. They are typically fried and breaded in cornmeal in the South, but Louisana has its own version by adding Shrimp Remoulade! Basically, the tomatoes are smothered in the remoulade sauce (which is mayonnaise and dijon mustard with the spices of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, and cajun-style hot sauce. Then the shrimp are added. This is all poured on top of the green battered tomatoes.Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana cooking

Crawfish Pasta | WWOz

Boudin Balls |Allspice| is a spicy rice and meat sausage.

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Corn Crowder and Bacon Bloody Mary|

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

Bourbon Chicken | Kitchen Trials

Jump Lump Crab Cakes | Mr.B s Bistro

Creole Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon | Food & Wine

Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayo | Favorite

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana

Here are a few I heard about but did not try:

Oven Baked Hot Wings | Deep South Dish

Muffuletta Sandwich | The Spice Kit Recipes

Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta | Damn Delicious

Beer Battered Shrimp Po Boy | White Bits  Kitchen

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Foods of Louisiana: Desserts

King Cake | PointsandTravel

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Beignets | Seed at the Table

There is nothing quite like a beignet – pronounced “ben-yay”, especially at the famous Cafe du Monde. The texture is similar to a modern-day donut, except they are square and puff up when fried. They are best served warm with a cafe au lait.

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Louisiana Crunch Cake | Blog Lovin

Oh, and don’t forget Pralines! Those pecans soaked caramelized sugar treats! Coming from the old world, they were once snacks of Kings in France and were originally thought to be almonds instead of pecans. The original recipes contained brown sugar and nuts, but now recipes include butter, milk, and vanilla flavorings.

Bananas Foster

One of the best New Orleans desserts is bananas foster. For the best one in town, be sure and go to Broussard’s Restaurant during an offering of a Jazz Brunch. This dish puts on quite a show as the waitress prepares it tableside in front of you! Composed of bananas and vanilla ice cream and a to-die-for sauce of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. It will be lit on fire using a cooking technique called a flambe.

Foods of Louisiana: Well, sort of… Cocktail Concoctions

After all that food and desserts, I am sure you will want of these!

Tequila soaked gummy worms from Miss Doris…
Her laughter is contagious and she dishes out gummy worms like no other.
Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!
Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

But What are the Most Popular Foods?

I would say that gumbo, muffuletta, etouffee, po’boy’s, red beans and rice, as well as jambalaya, are the most popular foods in Louisiana. As far as meats go: seafood, crawfish, shrimp, crabs, oysters, and catfish ranked right up near the top.
 Are you hungry yet? I bet you can’t finish reading this article without drooling all over yourself!

Recommended Reading:

King Cakes: Their Origin and Recipes

Chicken on the Run near Lake Charles, Louisiana

New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings, and Funerals

Looking for Diamonds in the French Quarter


Disclosure:  The writer believes in full disclosure and wanted to let you know that this trip to Louisiana was sponsored.  As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, transportation, meals, and other compensation. 

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I love, love, love Louisiana food. From creole to standard southern fare, it’s amazing stuff.

    • Cacinda Maloney March 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      me too! Although there sure is a lot of fried stuff! lol

  2. Vera Sweeney March 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I LOVE almost everything that comes out of Louisiana. From Poor Boys to crawfish boils, everything is amazing.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger March 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    This post is making me hungry. One of my favorite things about our trips to Louisiana are the foods I get to eat.

  4. Bill Sweeney March 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Everyone should have a crawfish boil at least once in their lives. There’s nothing better.

  5. Meagan March 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    There are so many good recipes here. I would have a hard time picking just one.

  6. Monica March 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Wonderful glimpse of so many amazing dishes! Now I’m hungry!

  7. Theresa March 10, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I have been wanting to take a trip to Louisiana just to spend a week sampling their cuisine. Everything here looks divine, especially those Beignets!

    • Cacinda Maloney March 11, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      oh, I can guarantee they are divine!

  8. Annemarie LeBlanc March 11, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Looking at all these pictures of delicious food so early in the morning is torture! LOL. I love Louisiana’s food and would love to visit again sometime. This place is gastronomic heaven!

  9. Mandee Suchland March 11, 2017 at 9:14 am

    My mouth is watering just looking at these photos! I am visiting LA this summer and i cant wait to explore all types of local food!

  10. Jeanine March 11, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This all looks amazing. Never been to Louisiana but have seen food over time and it all looks amazing. I bet food paired with atmosphere is awesome.

  11. Louise Bishop March 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    My husband would love eating all that food. It’s not quite my style of food but he would be in heaven.

    • Cacinda Maloney March 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I find it interesting how different cultures eat different types of food.

    • Cacinda Maloney March 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      So much fun! In fact, the atmosphere is the one fun thing you don’t want to miss… these people here love their food!

  12. Kita Bryant March 11, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Love me some Louisiana food! Always such a rich variety!

  13. Crystal March 12, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    My brother lived in New Orleans for ten years. Unfortunately, I was too young at the time to really dig into all the amazing food offerings. Everything looks and sounds so amazing!

    • Cacinda Maloney March 16, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Oh, that is cool he lived there, now you have to go back and try the food!

  14. Shannon Gurnee March 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve never been to Louisiana before, but these sound like some amazing foods! I love Gumbo and would love trying to make some from scratch!

  15. Amanda Love March 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Those are really awesome. I love these flavors and they’re definitely perfect for dinner!

  16. Leah March 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    This all looks amazing and I’ll be trying some of it on our trip to NOLA next month. I just don’t think I can do the crawfish though… #toomanylegs I’ll stick with the beignets! Thanks for the links to recipes.

    • Cacinda Maloney April 11, 2017 at 7:05 am

      ha ha! I DID try them… tastes like chicken! lol

  17. Jenna March 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Yum! I’ve been wanting to take a road trip to Louisiana–this is definitely making me want to go even more. That gumbo looks amazing and I would love to try a Beignets!

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