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The best recipes for a delicious, shrimp-filled Mardi Gras dinner.

F&W Editors
February 08, 2016

You don’t need to catch beads and slurp down Hurricanes to celebrate Mardi Gras (although that’s certainly an option). All you need are some big, sweet Gulf shrimp and one of these delicious Cajun recipes.

1. Shrimp Étouffée 
There are as many recipes for étouffeé as there are cooks who make it, but this one is so easy that it’s sure to become an instant classic in your house.

2. Shrimp Boil with Spicy Butter Sauce 
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with these peel-and-eat shrimp.

3. Cajun-Spiced Shrimp and Corn Salad 
For this tangy salad, Laurent Tourondel looked to the Gulf Coast, flavoring shrimp with both a Cajun spice blend and Old Bay, a mix of ground peppers, celery salt and other seasonings popular in the South and mid-Atlantic.

Related: Shrimp-and-Crab Gumbo

4. Chile Shrimp and Grits 
How do you make creamy grits even better? Fry them in bacon fat.

5. Shrimp-and-Crab Gumbo 
This gumbo from chef-owner Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans owes its flavor to the roux, a mix of flour and oil that's cooked until it's coffee-colored.

Related: Fast and Healthy Shrimp Recipes

6. Coconut Shrimp Beignets with Pepper Jelly Dipping Sauce 
This bar snack is an ingenious combination of two classic fried foods: crisp coconut shrimp and beignets (fritters).

7. Vermouth-Poached Shrimp with Ginger Remoulade 
Instead of tossing shrimp with a mayonnaise dressing, Jacon McCullar reinvents the classic New Orleans dish with a ginger-spiked dipping sauce.



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