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If it’s Mardi Gras food you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place! We’re taking a trip through the French Quarter and making delicious Mardi Gras food recipes you’ll love to enjoy at home.

All of you Cajun favorites, from dinners like jambalaya and gumbo to snacks such as hush puppies and more. Of course, we won’t forget the Mardi Gras dessert classic, King Cake!

These southern creole favorites will make celebrating Mardi Gras at home feel like you’re partying in New Orleans!

Mardi Gras food, a collage of New Orleans inspired recipes including beignets, king cake, shrimp and other New Orleans classics

Mardi Gras Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks

Take a trip to New Orleans without leaving your own kitchen. These dinner recipes are Creole favorites and perfect for celebrating Mardi Gras at home.

Make one for lunch and one for dinner – or celebrate all week long!

Head further down the page for delicious Mardi Gras desserts including several different King Cake and Beignet recipes!

Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya


A delicious dinner recipe that is baked right in your oven. With the flavors of your classic jambalaya recipe, shrimp, and sausage, everyone will love this baked jambalaya recipe.

Baked Jambalaya recipe in a bowl with shrimp and sausage

Jambalaya Recipe with Shrimp and Sausage

Cajun Shrimp and Grits


Make this classic dish of Cajun Shrimp and Cheesy Grits for Mardi Gras dinner!

Cajun Shrimp and Cheesy grits recipe in a bowl

This recipe is ready in under 30 minutes and features a side dish of sauteed greens to balance out the meal.

Cajun Shrimp + Grits

Want to go a little lighter? Try this Cajun Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits here.

Chicken Sausage Gumbo


A hearty Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with a cajun essence that you’ll love digging into.

Chicken and sausage gumbo recipe in a bowl ready to eat

This is a bowl of comfort food that’s perfect for winter and cozy gatherings.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Maffaletta Pie


Are you a fan of muffaletta? Then you’ll love this baked muffaletta pie.

New Orleans muffaletta recipe baked to perfection in a skillet, piece of muffaletta on a plate

Layers of ham, salami, mozzarella, provolone, and olive salad are even better when baked into the bread itself!

Baked Muffaletta

Shrimp Po’Boys Sandwich


A NOLA classic that you must have at least once this Mardi Gras season, a shrimp Po’Boy sandwich.

Grilled Garlic Shrimp Po'Boys Sandwiches

Loaded with Cajun flavors and served with a side of pickles and chips – just like you’d get in the French Quarter!

Shrimp Po’Boys

New Orleans Gumbo


This New Orleans Gumbo recipe is made with spicy smoked andouille sausage, crab, shrimp, oysters, okra and vegetables, all served over steamed white rice.

Mardi Gras Food, New Orleans gumbo loaded with your favorite seafood flavors

New Orleans Gumbo

Cajun Salad Recipe


This Cajun Maque Choux salad recipe with crispy bacon and corn is a must-try.

Cajun Maque Choux salad recipe in a bowl

Inspired by the classic Maque Choux, it’s a twist on a classic for your Mardi Gras celebrations!

Cajun Salad

Muffuletta Sandwich – Keto


Nothing says New Orleans more than a muffuletta sandwich.

Keto Mufuletta Sandwich made just like they do in New Orleans

This homemade keto/low carb version is gluten-free plus packed full of meats, cheese, and the traditional olive salad.

Keto Muffuletta Sandwich

Creole Shrimp Deviled Eggs


This Creole deviled eggs recipe with crisp bacon and succulent shrimp is a perfect shrimp snack or appetizer.

Creole shrimp deviled eggs recipe, eggs, cut in half, mixed yolk, topped with shrimp and bacon being held in hand for the photo

Shrimp Creole taken to a whole new level!

Deviled Eggs

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


Spicy, smoky Andouille sausage, tender pieces of juicy chicken thighs, and vegetables all cooked in a thick, roux based broth, this Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is GOOD STUFF.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Classic Hush Puppies


Hush puppies sure are a southern classic, and one of my personal favorites. Most people don’t even know that hush puppies originated right in the heart of Mardi Gras country, New Orleans!

Delicious hush puppies recipe displayed in a bowl with a spicy dip sitting next to it.

Try this recipe for a quick and easy bite while you’re celebrating this February!

Hush Puppies

Vegan Creole Dirty Rice


An Easy Vegan Dirty Rice recipe that won’t have you missing the meat!

Dirty rice made vegan with creole flavors in a cast iron skillet - perfect for Mardi Gras at home!

This meatless, vegetarian version of the traditional Louisiana Cajun/Creole side dish is gluten-free, allergy-free, and still full of flavorful Southern comfort and authentic “dirty” color!

Vegan Dirty Rice

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice


Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice are a smoky, spicy Louisiana staple.

classic Louisiana red beans and rice recipe in a white ramekin

Full of Andouille sausage, ham hock, creole Cajun spices. Fit for Mardi Gras or any day!

Red Beans and Rice

Mardi Gras Dessert


Get inspired and dive into Mardi Gras festivities with these delicious dessert recipes.

They’re easy, colorful, and are the ideal New Orleans style Mardi Gras desserts everyone has come to know and love!

King Cake Bites


A taste of NOLA, these king cake bites will bring Mardi Gras home and have you asking for another bite! Make them easily with just a few ingredients and your party will be a hit!

Mardi Gras King Cake Bites Dessert Recipe

King Cake Bites

Mardi Gras Cake Pops


Celebrate the Carnival season with these easy and beautiful Mardi Gras-inspired cake pops.

These fun cake pops are an unexpected twist on a classic King cake featuring the traditional flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and pecan and topped with festive purple, green, and yellow decorations.

Mardi Gras cake pops, dessert cake pops colored with gold, green, and purple for Mardi Gras colors

Cake pops

Gluten-Free Vegan King Cake


Carnival season in New Orleans means it’s time to bake up a King Cake for Mardi Gras! This Gluten-Free King Cake recipe is vegan, allergy-free, lightened-up, and low in sugar!

Gluten free king cake on a plate with purple spinkles

A rich brioche-style cake ring with a sweet, buttery filling, decorated with icing and bold colored sugar crystals! A classic Fat Tuesday dessert everyone will love!

Vegan Gluten-Free King Cake

Mardi Gras Donuts


These Mardi Gras Donuts are the perfect dessert or breakfast for Fat Tuesday!

Donuts for Mardi Gras decorated with green, gold, and purple icing

These baked donuts start with a boxed cake mix and end with delicious sweet icing.

Donut Recipe

Orange-vanilla Beignets


These instant beignets are bursting with vanilla and blood orange flavors.

Mardi Gras beignets with flavor, orange-vanilla delicious beignets recipe

It’s the ginger compote that makes these just irresistible!

Orange-Vanilla Beignets

Mardi Gras Candy Charcuterie


Not in the mood to cook, try making this beautiful Mardi Gras candy charcuterie board! 

Mardi Gras candy charcuterie board

Loaded with Mardi Gras themed candies, colors, and everyone’s favorite beads, it’s a must-do for this year’s at home celebrations!

Candy Charcuterie Board

King Cake Cheesecake Bars


Inspired by the New Orleans iconic Mardi Gras King Cake, these bars meet all of the flavor requirements and are just as delicious as the classic King Cake, but are much easier to make.

King Cake cheesecake bars decorated with purple, gold, and green for Mardi Gras

With six layers consisting of a buttery shortbread crust topped with a rich, creamy cheesecake, followed by cinnamon spice candied pecans, then another layer of shortbread, coated with a vanilla glaze, and decorated with crunchy, colorful sanding sugar, these bars are perfect for any Mardi Gras celebration.

Cheesecake Bars

Pecan King Cake


Pecan King Cake recipe with cake decorated with a slice cut and on a cake serving knife

King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition that has made it’s way to much of the Upper Gulf Coast. Bake your own to celebrate Mardi Gras!

Pecan King Cake

Sourdough Beignets


Sourdough Beignets piled on a plate with powdered sugar being sprinkled onto them from a sifter

These fun sourdough beignets are the perfect treat for Mardi Gras!

Sourdough Beignets

Mardi Gras Food


So how about all of this Mardi Gras food? These recipes are sure to make your party at home a delight.

Try one, try them all! Let us know how you like them.

We hope you have a happy and safe Mardi Gras!

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