Southern Main Dish Recipes

Cooking signature Southern main dishes will be easy with 280+ recipes for barbecue, catfish, crawfish, jambalaya, pork chops, and fried chicken complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Tanya's Louisiana Southern Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 109
This recipe is from my grandmother and great grandmother's family.
By Allrecipes Member

Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 96
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 127
Buttermilk-marinated catfish fried in a light and crispy cornmeal batter.

Ann's Shrimp Etouffee

Rating: 4.5 stars 244
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

Rating: 5 stars 300
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.


Rating: 5 stars 994
A spicy jambalaya recipe with chicken, andouille sausage, rice and Cajun seasonings.
By Allrecipes Member

Crawfish Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 505
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 1389
This chicken fried steak recipe is a Southern dish your family will love!

Southern Burgers

Rating: 4 stars 47
This is a quick hamburger recipe that I threw together one night. Pretty good for a guy!
By Wayne

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 1302
Andouille stars in this authentic red beans and rice recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas

Dave's Low Country Boil
Rating: Unrated 524
A one-pot feast of seafood, sausage, corn, and potatoes. Summery and fun!
Louisiana Crawfish Boil
Rating: Unrated 27
A feast fit for a crowd, this crawfish boil makes for a memorable meal.
Tennessee Meatloaf
Rating: 4.5 stars 146

My Grandmother 'Nanaw' Rowan made the most delicious meatloaf in the state. When she passed away, she didn't leave me her recipe, but she left me the desire to recreate it. I think this is it, in flavor and texture. Don't let the number of ingredients discourage you. It's part of the magic in creating a masterpiece!