Eight Unforgettable New Orleans Recipes

February 5, 2018 (Last Updated: February 16, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Before we get too far into our Sazerac series, I thought it would be fun to explore some other recipes that embody the New Orleans food and cocktail heritage. With Mardi Gras right around the corner, what better way to celebrate this heritage with food and drink. So, take a peek at some of these New Orleans recipes I found from other blogs on the internet:

King Cake from What A Girl Eats

I don’t think we can approach the topic of Mardi Gras recipes or New Orleans recipes without touching King Cake. This cake marks the day that the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem to deliver their gifts to baby Jesus. It is served from Jan 6 until Fat Tuesday. Also, you are supposed to cook the cake with a little plastic baby inside. The recipe from What A Girl Eats looks traditional and explains some of the heritage about the cake.

Image of New Orleans King Cake on a plate with Mardi Gras Beads

BBQ Shrimp New Orleans Style from That Square Plate

I am including this one, as it has some of the spicy flavors that might be expected from southern coastal cooking or creole, but also because it just looks so darn good. I love saucy shrimp and this looks like a keeper.

BBQ New Orleans Shrimp with lemon

Shrimp or Chicken and Artichoke Soup from The Organic Kitchen

Once again, another awesome looking shrimp recipe. Additionally, this recipe calls for heavy cream and butter, which always makes things better Another thing I love about this recipe is that Linda took a cooking class in the French Quarter of New Orleans and that is where she learned to make this dish. How fun.

three bowls of chicken or artichoke soup with green onions and garlic on the side

Dan’s World Famous Gumbo from Life Currents Blog

Well, it’s world famous, right? Interesting that I have never heard of this Dan guy, but he certainly won another fan over with this gumbo soup. Gumbo is another New Orleans classic that has to be included in any New Orleans recipe discussion. Also, I really appreciate that they talk about vegetarian options. My wife, Ashley, is a vegetarian and while I cook for us both, sometimes it is nice to be able to split the difference in the vegetarian department. So, they make it vegetarian, but provide a way to make it good for carnivores, as well.

Dan's World Famous Gumbo

New Orleans Beignets from What A Girl Eats

Until I actually get to New Orleans to eat these little guys straight from the source, the home version is gonna have to do. These look so good and tasty. And yeah, it might be a simple recipe to make on your own, but to paraphrase Jim Harrison in A Really Big Lunch, food can be as much a place as a taste.

Three Beignets on a plate with powdered sugar on them

Brandy Milk Punch from Tara’s Multicultural Table

This is one I am posting out of fascination! I have never had a milk punch, but I am gonna have to give this one a try. Milk Punch stems from before the first printed cocktail recipe book by Dr. Jerry Thomas in the mid to late 1800s. I am sure it was a part of our ‘old’ cocktail history, of which New Orleans was a very large part of. Along with the distinct food history, one of the first cocktails, The Sazerac, was also invented in this city. The Milk Punch sounds like it should be served at a gala event in the old south.

Three glasses of milk puch with beads in the background and sitting on a cutting board

Shrimp Remoulade from Pinch and Swirl

Remoulade is such a great way to connect New Orleans and its heritage to French cuisine. You see, Remoulade is a French sauce, but New Orleans took it and made its own with the distinctly spicy Cajun flavors. Oh, and this looks really good!

Shrimp Remoulade

Prawn Po Boy from The Cook Report

Finally, the Po Boy. The Louisiana sandwich that often includes seafood or roast beef. A tangy Cajun sauce, some shrimp in the southern style, and maybe even some French bread or a baguette to show the French heritage. Really such a classic and tasty New Orleans sandwich.

Two Prawn Po Boy Sandwiches on a cutting board

I hope you have enjoyed this little soiree into New Orleans recipes. It is always so fun to explore places and cultures with food, don’t you think? Make sure to click on the New Orleans recipes above so you can make these things at home and don’t forget to sign up to get Ramshackle Posts by email!

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    February 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks so much for he Feature!! All of these recipes look AMAZING! I looooove New Orleans food ?

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
    February 5, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Hey Ben! Thanks for including my King Cake and Beignets in the awesome collection of traditional New Orleans delicacies! ( Just a note on the baby in the king cake. He’s put in AFTER the cake is baked, but before it’s glazed and sugared. I wouldn’t want anyone to nuke the poor baby!

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    February 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve been OBSESSED with all things Southern cooking lately. My poor family must be so tired of my current line-up of recipes. Thanks from my family for some new recipe inspiration!

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      February 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Fortunately, southern cooking tends to be VERY tasty.

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    February 7, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I used to live in NOLA and these recipes are bringing back great memories. Love these ideas!

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      February 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Unfortunately, I have never been! I really need to get there.

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    Jeff the Chef
    February 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for all these recipes! I make a milk punch every Christmas. It was introduced to me as Ben Franklin punch. The recipe is similar to the one you’re linking to, but uses lemon juice as well. It’s really delicious – and I say that as someone who doesn’t care much for milk. It also keeps well; you can make it in advance.

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      February 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Ben Franklin punch… super neat. He really brought a lot to American Cuisine!

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    Veena Azmanov
    February 8, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I have never been to New Orleans but I’ve always heard so much about the awesome food from there. This looks like an awesome collection. Saving for later.

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    February 9, 2018 at 6:57 am

    These are perfect recipes to celebrate Mardis Gras!

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    February 9, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Ben I was just in New Orleans recently and ate several of these things…this post made me think about making a couple of them at home ( that soup!) …this is a helpful roundup, everything looks wonderful!

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    Leslie Haasch
    February 10, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Oh man, I love all of these. I think my favorite is the beignets. No wait, the king cake. Wait, no – the po boy! Gah, I love them all!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    February 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Oh man – what an awesome assortment of recipes! I went to NOLA for the first time last year and the food was SO incredible. This makes me miss The Big Easy!

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    Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    February 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    These all look fabulous! I went to NOLA in early January and had my first official po boy. I am already plotting my next trip, and have po boys on my list of recipes to make at home. I’m not even gonna try to make beignets, because I already know they won’t taste as good as Cafe du Monde

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    February 11, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Such a great assortment of food. I’m especially enamored by the king cake. The vibrant, fun colors never cease to capture my attention.

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    Anne Murphy
    February 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    What a great collection! I love all the shrimp… (and so does the family – I need more shrimp recipes!) And I agree about the gumbo – I like recipes that can be made vegetarian or not.

    Thanks for drawing my attention to these.

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    Rezel Kealoha
    February 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Such a great round up of food. Now I have a long long list of things to make. I love all the shrimp recipes with me being mostly pescatarian.

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    February 12, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Can’t get enough N’Awlins food!

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    Britt @ A Lil' Sweet, Spice, & Advice
    February 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Cajun and Creole food are two of my absolute favorite cuisines! I am loving this roundup! You have everything to celebrate Mardi Gras the right way!

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    Cynthia |What A Girl Eats
    February 17, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for including me! Pinned/yummed and tweeted!

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