Southern Seafood Main Dishes

Looking for Southern fish and shellfish recipes? Allrecipes has more than 90 recipes for crawfish, shrimp etouffee, and catfish complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Richard and Suzanne's Louisiana Crawfish Pasta

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This is a traditional crawfish dish in New Orleans. This dish can be spicy or mild depending on the amount of red pepper flakes you use, so be careful.

Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffe

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An authentic Louisiana recipe with a rich and spicy fresh tomato based roux with fresh garlic, bell peppers, celery and onions mixed with crawfish and shrimp. A little time consuming but well worth it!! Serve over steamed rice with hushpuppies and/or crackers on the side.

Choctaw Catfish

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I developed this when the catfish was plentiful in the summer!

Charleston Shrimp 'n' Gravy

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Authentic original Charleston favorite shrimp recipe usually served as 'shrimp n grits.' Serve over fresh hot grits, rice, or biscuits.

Oven-Fried Catfish

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This recipe is a great alternative to pan-fried catfish. A combination of cornmeal and a variety of spices gives this recipe a savory kick in less than 30 minutes.

Cajun Crabmeat Au Gratin

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Growing up in Louisiana, we were raised on Seafood. This Authentic Southern Crab dish is a favorite in my family.

Dave's Low Country Boil

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Famous in the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. This boil is done best on an outdoor cooker. It has sausage, shrimp, crab, potatoes and corn for an all-in-one pot all-you-can-eat buffet!


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Try this delicious spin on Jambalaya using pasta instead of rice!

Ann's Shrimp Etouffee

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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!!

Good Ole' Southern Frogmore Stew

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This is comfort food for any true Southerner. Includes shrimp, potatoes, fresh corn and smoked sausage.

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

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Great recipe for shrimp and grits.

Southern Fried Catfish

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

Inspiration and Ideas

Pan Fried Whole Trout

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There couldn't be a better way to prepare freshly caught wild brook trout. Serve with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and steamed Swiss chard.

Cajun Crab Cakes (No Breadcrumbs)

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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!

Spicy Shrimp Creole

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I make many dishes for my friends, but the men demand this one time after time. Easy to make and tasty as can be.