Southern Main Dish Recipes

Looking for Southern main dish recipes? Allrecipes has more than 280 recipes for barbecue, catfish, crawfish, pork chops, and fried chicken complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Tanya's Louisiana Southern Fried Chicken

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85
This recipe is from my grandmother and great grandmother's family.

Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

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85
An easy spicy dish. Adjust the spices to your needs - less Creole Seasoning if you like it mild, add chili powder or cayenne pepper for more kick! This is also good with salsa on top. You can substitute 1/2 pound dried black-eyed peas, cooked for the canned black-eyed peas if you wish.

Southern Fried Catfish

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101
Fried catfish is a Southern tradition, along with buttermilk hush puppies and buttermilk coleslaw. Try these traditional foods together.

Ann's Shrimp Etouffee

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191
Delicious shrimp dish with a Cajun flair! I've spent 6 years perfecting this shrimp recipe. I use shrimp harvested from a local shrimp farm. This is also great with firm crab meat or fish!!

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

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222
These ribs will have the smoky flavor without all the grilling time. It takes just 30 minutes on the grill to give the ribs that smoky flavor Southerners expect. You can use this recipe for spare ribs too, just bake for 15 minutes longer.

Jambalaya

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735
Spicy jambalaya with chicken and andouille sausage.

Crawfish Pie

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24
This delicious pie is loaded with crawfish and fresh vegetables. Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy crawfish when you make this pie!

Barlow's Blackened Catfish

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384
Cajun catfish served up with just the right touch of spices and flavor. This entree is perfect for a quick, excellent way to taste the unique flavor of catfish mixed with the traditional method of down south cooking, just without all the fat. Serve on top of white rice.

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

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1060
I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

Southern Burgers

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37
This is a quick hamburger recipe that I threw together one night. Pretty good for a guy!

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

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946
Authentic Cajun flavor! I grew up in Louisiana and love red beans and rice; these are just like I remember. Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick. My family loved to splash a little cider vinegar in each bowl.

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

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840
Great recipe for shrimp and grits.

Inspiration and Ideas

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

"Great recipe. This time I didn't have Andouille sausage, so I used Cajun-style Boudin." – adadslove5

Barlow's Blackened Catfish

"Really excellent—a bit spicy for the wife. I caught some river cats and filleted them, soaked them in buttermilk for 2 hours, then made it as directed." – Northbounder

Bourbon Street New York Strip Steak

Rating: Unrated
63

Delicious sweet grilled steak that will have your friends and family begging for more.