25+ Mardi Gras Recipes

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I’ve put together a collection of 25+ Mardi Gras recipes – some are from my archives that I’ve cooked at home in the past and some are from blogs online. They all look so delicious and are perfect Mardi Gras recipes for parties and dinners, and if truth be told, any time of year!

These recipes are from my blog, as well as from other fab food bloggers. I have made all of the recipe links open in a new window so that you don’t lose your place in the list.25 Mardi Gras Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog

25+ Mardi Gras Recipes

Those that know me well, know that I LOVE American culture – I have done since I was a little girl and have always wanted to live in the USA. Maybe one day my dream will come true, but in the mean time I love to embrace the American holidays. One that is coming up soon is Mardi Gras!

[Now, before everyone shouts at me and tells me that Mardi Gras is also celebrated in other countries around the world, I know that, (of course!) but I’ve put my focus on the celebrations in New Orleans, which is somewhere I hope to be able to visit one day.]

Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. – Wiki

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  1. Muffuletta Sandwich – Serious Eats
  2. Hot Crawfish Dip – Southern Living
  3. Old Charleston Style Shrimp & Grits – All Recipes
  4. Bayou Fried Shrimp – Southern Living
  5. Blackened Catfish – Food Network
  6. Shrimp Creole – Climbing Grier Mountain
  7. Cajun Corn Maque Choux – Southern Living
  8. Cajun Dirty Rice – The Dinner Mom
  9. Cayenne Buttered Corn on the Cob -The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  10. Oyster Po’ Boy – Martha Stewart Living
  11. Cajun Crab & Prawn Beignets -The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  12. Jambalaya -The Purple Pumpkin Blog


  1. Shrimp Etouffee – Spicy Southern Kitchen
  2. Cajun Red Beans and Rice – For The Love Of Food
  3. Smoked Sausage & Chicken Gumbo – Iowa Girl Eats
  4. Shrimp Po’ Boy – Bon Appetit
  5. Mardi Gras King Cake -The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  6. Bourbon Bread Pudding – Brown Eyed Baker
  7. Bananas Foster -The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  8. Beignets – Desserts For Two
  9. Mardi Gras Cupcakes – Eat This Up
  10. Hurricane Cocktail – Liquor.com
  11. Southern Comfort Champagne Cocktail – Epicurious
  12. Sazerac Cocktail – Southern Living
  13. Mardi Gras Rum Punch – The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mardi Gras Recipes

I have updated this post and added some new recipes for you to try, along with some fun crafts & printables too!

  1. Cajun Shrimp Etouffee – Growing Up Gabel
  2. Make Your Own Cajun Spice Mix – Thrifty Jinxy
  3. Red Beans & Rice – Thrifty Jinxy
  4. Dirty Rice with Collards & Leeks (Gluten Free, Vegetarian) – Letty’s Kitchen
  5. Mardi Gras Candy Bark – Drug Store Divas
  6. King Cake with Pecan Praline Cream Cheese Filling – Texanerin
  7. Healtheir Cajun Chicken Pasta (Gluten Free) – Texanerin
  8. Cajun Salmon with Avocado Salsa – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  9. DIY Mardi Gras Masks – Drug Store Divas
  10. Easy Mardi Gras Mask – Organized 31
  11. Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Mardi Gras Olaf Edition – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  12. Mardi Gras Masks – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  13. Free Printable Mardi Gras Banner – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  14. Mardi Gras Cupcake Toppers – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  15. Slow Cooker Louisiana-Style Red Beans & Rice – Kalyn’s Kitchen
  16. Quick & Easy Spicy Broiled Shrimp – Kalyn’s Kitchen

Mardi Gras Recipes

  1. Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial –  Ann’s Entitled Life
  2. New Orleans Shrimp Creole – Ann’s Entitled Life
  3. Mardi Gras King Cake – Palatable Pastime
  4. Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta – Palatable Pastime
  5. Mardi Gras Cupcakes – The Frugal Navy Wife
  6. Easy Mini King Cake Bites – Family Around The Table

Port Orleans
I like knowing the history and origins of food, so I thought I would share some background info (thanks to the fountain of knowledge that is Wiki!) on the different Mardi Gras recipes above…

Muffuletta – The muffuletta is both a type of round Sicilian sesame bread and a popular sandwich originating among Italian immigrants in New Orleans, Louisiana using the same bread.

Crawfish – Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, or mudbugs, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related. Symbol of Louisiana.

Grits – a ground-corn food of Native American origin that is common in the Southern United States.

Blackening – a cooking technique used in the preparation of fish and other foods. Often associated with Cajun cuisine. The food is dipped in melted butter and then dredged in a mixture of herbs and spices, usually some combination of thyme, oregano, chili pepper, peppercorns, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. It is then cooked in a very hot cast-iron skillet.

Po’ Boy – a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. They almost always consists of meat, usually roast beef, or fried seafood.

Po' Boy and Fries

Creole Cuisine – a style of cooking originating in Louisiana, United States which blends French, West African, Amerindian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian influences.

Cajun Cuisine – this style of cooking is named for the French-speaking Acadian people deported by the British from Acadia in Canada to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, USA. It is what could be called a rustic cuisine; locally available ingredients predominate and preparation is simple.

Maque Choux – a traditional dish of southern Louisiana. It is thought to be an amalgam of Acadian French (Cajun) and American Indian cultural influence, and the name is likely to derive from the French interpretation of the Native American name. It contains corn, green bell pepper, onion, and sometimes garlic, celery, Tomato.

Dirty Rice – a traditional Creole dish made from white rice which gets a “dirty” color from being cooked with small pieces of chicken liver or giblets, green bell pepper, celery, onion and spiced with cayenne and black pepper.

Cayenne – a hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes.

Jambalaya – a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence. Traditionally made in three parts, with meat and vegetables, and is completed by adding stock and rice.

Etouffee – a dish found in both Cajun and Creole cuisine typically served with shellfish over rice. The dish employs a technique known as smothering, a popular method of cooking in the Cajun areas of southwest Louisiana.

Red Beans and Rice – an emblematic dish of Louisiana Creole cuisine traditionally made on Mondays with red beans, vegetables, spices and pork bones as left over from Sunday dinner, cooked together slowly in a pot and served over rice.

Gumbo – a dish that originated in southern Louisiana from the Louisiana Creole people during the 18th century. It typically consists primarily of a strongly flavored stock, okra, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoning vegetables, which can include celery, bell peppers and onions.

King Cake

King Cake – a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season; in other places, it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival. What started out as a dry French bread type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside roughly 300 years ago, is now a sweet, sugary and iced Danish type dough that is braided with cinnamon inside and a plastic doll underneath. King Cakes are made of a cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle. They have a glazed topping and are sprinkled with colored sugar. Hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in New Orleans during the Carnival season.

Bread Pudding – a bread-based dessert popular in many countries’ cuisines as well as the Creole people of Louisiana and others in the southern United States.

Bananas Foster – is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. Created in 1951 by Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was named for Richard Foster, a friend of Owen Brennan who was then New Orleans Crime Commission chairman. It is still served at a number of restaurants in New Orleans and elsewhere.


Beignet – synonymous with the English “fritter”, is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry. Beignets are commonly known in New Orleans as a breakfast served with powdered sugar on top.

Hurricane – sweet alcoholic drink made with rum and fruit juice, syrup, or grenadine. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans.

Sazerac – a local New Orleans variation of a Cognac or whiskey cocktail, Some claim it is the oldest known American cocktail, with origins in pre–Civil War New Orleans.

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