Southern Recipes

Fried chicken and slaw. Grits and greens. Pulled pork and BBQ. These top-rated recipes show the best of the South.

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Cajun Crab Cakes (No Breadcrumbs)

Rating: 4.68 stars
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Two of the most crucial ingredients used in New Orleans cooking are Cajun spice and local seafood! Crab has always been my favorite type of shellfish, but I have never really cared much for crab cakes. The overpowering presence of seasoned breadcrumbs used in most recipes interferes with the sweet and delicate flavors of the fresh lump crabmeat. After years of experimenting with many of New Orleans' most famous crab cake recipes, I have created a flavorful, mouth-watering, delicious piece of work! The key is to use a small amount of crumbled crackers instead of breadcrumbs. I hope you enjoy!

Blackened Catfish and Spicy Rice

Rating: 4.58 stars
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Quick and easy blackened catfish recipe. I like to serve this over a Cajun flavored spicy white rice. Although the rice is optional, the slightly spicy Cajun flavor of the rice brings out the taste of the catfish.

Easy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.45 stars
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Simple recipe for fried green tomatoes, perfect for appetizers or a unique fried green tomato B.L.T.!

North Carolina Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.58 stars
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I got this from an North Carolina native and it is the best. It is pretty much foolproof. This is made in the slow cooker.

Carolina Mustard Sauce #1

Rating: 4.7 stars
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Great no-cook sauce for chicken or pork. Make 24 hours before serving for all flavors to develop.

Key West Shrimp Boil with Key Lime Mustard Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Absolutely the last shrimp boil recipe you'll ever need! These can be served immediately or chilled and served cold.

Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos

Rating: 4.83 stars
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A mashup of the BBQ pork nachos that are on so many menus in Memphis and the South-of-the-Border influenced Totchos that have blown up as the must-try bar food in Seattle. Serve with extra barbeque sauce for dipping.

Grilled Peach Bourbon Smash

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Peaches are incredibly delicious, especially caramelized on the grill and muddled with your favorite bourbon, grilled lemon, and mint. Strain over ice, make a toast to good times, and enjoy this totally smashing summer refreshment with a good friend.

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4.7 stars
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I've been experimenting with cobbler for some time and this recipe is the final result. Loved by all. Use fresh Georgia peaches, of course!

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.65 stars
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You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.

Key West Chicken

Rating: 4.32 stars
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This recipe from the Florida Keys has been given to almost everyone I know. It is the best marinade for chicken, and it only takes 30 minutes from prep till you can grill! It's a great blend of flavors with honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. If you have time, try marinating overnight for the fullest flavor.

Southern Pimento Cheese

Rating: 4.77 stars
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This wonderful version of pimento cheese can be used for grilled cheese sandwiches, as a spread for crackers, or served alongside your favorite fried green tomatoes.
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Southern Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.57 stars
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Fried catfish is a Southern tradition, along with buttermilk hush puppies and buttermilk coleslaw. Try these traditional foods together.