Autumn Eats: Embrace the Season with Shrimp Soup

Autumn is a season of transition, as we bid farewell to the sizzling days of summer and welcome the crisp, cool embrace of fall. It’s a time when nature’s bounty is at its peak, and we can savor the delightful flavors that come with it. One such delicacy that shines in early autumn is the white shrimp. These tasty crustaceans are celebrated for their sweet flavor and tender texture, making them a perfect choice for a heartwarming dish that eases you into the cozier months. Today, we’re bringing you a recipe that’s bound to become a fall favorite – Autumn Shrimp Soup, courtesy of Louisiana Cookin.

Ingredients for Shrimp Soup:

Directions for Shrimp Soup:

  1. Begin by heating 2 tablespoons of butter and fresh lemon juice in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add your peeled and deveined shrimp to the pot and cook them until they turn pink and firm, which should take about 3 minutes. Once they’re cooked to perfection, transfer the shrimp to a warm plate using a slotted spoon.
  2. In the same pot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Throw in your diced celery and carrots, allowing them to cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, add the sweet yellow onions, cooking for an additional 4 minutes until they become soft and translucent. Now, it’s time to introduce the fresh yellow corn and minced garlic. Cook for 1 more minute, giving an occasional stir to blend the flavors.
  3. Sprinkle in the all-purpose flour and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the dry white wine and scrape up all those wonderful browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Gradually add the seafood stock, stirring until everything is beautifully combined. Bring this aromatic mixture to a boil.
  4. Now, it’s time to incorporate the hearty components of this soup. Add the diced russet potatoes, drained diced tomatoes, salt, black pepper, and a touch of crushed red pepper. Let it all simmer until the potatoes reach a delightful tenderness, which should take approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat to medium-low and return the cooked shrimp to the pot, allowing them to simmer until they’re heated through – this will take about 5 minutes. Your Autumn Shrimp Soup is now ready to be enjoyed.

As the autumn season unfolds and the evenings grow cooler, there’s nothing quite like savoring a warm, hearty bowl of Autumn Shrimp Soup. This dish combines the sweet and tender nature of Louisiana shrimp with the rich flavors of fall, creating a comforting and satisfying meal that you’ll want to enjoy over and over again.So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and treat yourself to this delightful fall twist on a classic. With these step-by-step instructions, you’re well on your way to a flavorful autumn experience. Embrace the changing seasons with a bowl of our homemade Autumn Shrimp Soup – it’s a culinary journey you won’t want to miss. Happy cooking!

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Spice Up Your Meal with Cajun Twist on Mac and Cheese

Looking to add a little kick to your mac and cheese? We’ve got just the recipe for you! This recipe for Cajun Macaroni and Cheese from LouisianaCookin takes the classic comfort food to a whole new level with the bold flavors of andouille sausage, Cajun seasoning, and a blend of creamy cheeses. It’s a dish that’s both comforting and exciting, perfect for those times when you want something hearty and satisfying.

Ingredients for Cajun Mac and Cheese: 

Directions for Cajun Mac and Cheese: 

  1. Begin by heating up a large skillet over medium heat. Add your andouille sausage slices and let them sizzle until they’re lightly browned, which should take about 2 minutes. Once they’ve got that irresistible color, toss in your finely chopped red and green bell peppers. Cook this vibrant mix until the peppers turn tender and aromatic, about 6 minutes.
  2. It’s time to introduce some magic to the skillet. Sprinkle in the all-purpose flour and Cajun seasoning. Keep that spoon moving as you stir constantly for the next 2 minutes. This step is key to developing the rich, savory flavors that make Cajun cuisine so special.
  3. Gradually, like a Louisiana bayou filling with flavor, pour in the quart of whole milk. Stir occasionally, and watch as your mixture thickens and becomes beautifully bubbly. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer, and now comes the cheesy crescendo. Add the shredded American cheese and the mild Cheddar cheese. Keep stirring tirelessly until the cheeses melt into velvety perfection, creating a creamy symphony of flavor.
  4. Your pasta has been patiently waiting for its moment in the spotlight. Add the cooked and warm elbow pasta to the cheese sauce, gently stirring everything together. It’s a harmonious marriage of textures and tastes that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Serving Suggestions:

Now that your Cajun Macaroni and Cheese is ready to shine, you might be wondering what to serve alongside this spicy sensation. Here are a few side dishes that will complement this dish beautifully:

  • Crispy Cajun Okra: Sliced okra coated in a Cajun-spiced cornmeal batter, deep-fried until golden and crunchy.
  • Zesty Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw with a tangy vinaigrette to balance the heat of the mac and cheese.
  • Southern Cornbread: A slice of buttery, slightly sweet cornbread is the perfect accompaniment.
  • Creole Salad: A colorful medley of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, drizzled with a zesty Creole dressing.
  • Garlic Butter Green Beans: Sauteed green beans with a garlic butter sauce for a touch of green freshness.

Cajun Macaroni and Cheese is more than just a dish; it’s a culinary journey that marries the comforts of home with the vibrant spirit of Cajun cuisine. With its creamy, cheesy allure and that unmistakable Cajun kick, this recipe has the power to transform your mealtime into an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re serving it as the star of your dinner table or sharing it at your next gathering, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that will have everyone craving for seconds. The flavors of andouille sausage, Cajun seasoning, and the rich, creamy cheese sauce blend together harmoniously, creating a taste sensation that transcends ordinary mac and cheese. So, don’t wait any longer; give this Cajun Macaroni and Cheese recipe a try and embark on a culinary adventure that will satisfy your cravings and leave you with a newfound appreciation for the bold and delicious world of Cajun cooking.

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The Perfect Cheesy Andouille Sausage Dip

If you’re in search of the perfect party appetizer or game day snack, look no further. Today, we’re sharing a mouthwatering recipe for Cheesy Andouille Dip from LouisianaCookin that’s sure to satisfy your cravings and impress your guests. This flavorful dip combines the irresistible crunch of crispy andouille sausage with the creamy goodness of cheese and a hint of spice. It’s so easy to make that it feels like cheating, but the result is a crowd-pleaser that you’ll want to make again and again.



  1. Start by reserving ½ cup of sliced andouille. You’ll need it for later. In an 8-inch cast-iron skillet, cook the remaining andouille pieces over medium heat until they’re browned and crispy, which should take about 10 minutes. If necessary, you can cook them in batches. Once done, use a slotted spoon to remove the andouille and let them drain on paper towels. Afterward, wipe the skillet clean and allow it to cool.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise until you achieve a smooth mixture. Add in ¾ cup of the shredded Cheddar, ¾ cup of the shredded mozzarella,the drained tomatoes with green chiles, sliced green onions, and Creole seasoning. Stir until everything is well combined. Now, fold in the cooked andouille pieces until they’re evenly distributed.
  3. Take an 8-inch cast-iron skillet and spray it with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Transfer the dip mixture into the prepared skillet. To finish it off, top the dip with the remaining ¼ cup of Cheddar, ¼ cup of mozzarella, and the reserved ½ cup of andouille.
  4. Bake the dip in the preheated oven until it turns golden brown and delightfully bubbly, which should take approximately 25 to 30 minutes. After baking, allow it to stand for 10 minutes. If desired, you can blot any excess oil with a paper towel.
  5. To serve, provide corn chips and potato chips alongside the dip. For an extra touch of freshness and presentation, garnish the dip with sliced green onions.

Side Dish Suggestions:

Cheesy Andouille Dip is a crowd-pleaser on its own, but you can elevate your snack spread with some tasty side dishes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Fresh Vegetable Platter: Serve a colorful assortment of fresh veggies like celery sticks, carrot strips, and bell pepper slices for a refreshing contrast to the cheesy dip.
  • Crunchy Pretzel Bites: Pretzel bites make a fantastic dip companion. Their saltiness pairs perfectly with the creamy dip.
  • Sliced Baguette: Toasted baguette slices or breadsticks are great for scooping up the cheesy goodness.
  • Fruit Platter: Balance out the richness of the dip with a fruit platter featuring apple slices, grapes, and pear wedges.
  • Pickles and Olives: Tangy pickles and briny olives can provide a zesty contrast to the dip’s flavors.

Cheesy Andouille Dip is the kind of dish that brings people together. With its rich and savory flavors, it’s perfect for parties, game nights, or simply indulging in a cozy night at home. Whether you’re a cheese lover, a spice enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates good food, this dip won’t disappoint. Whip up a batch of this Cheesy Andouille Dip,and let the compliments roll in at your next gathering. Happy dipping!

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Finger Food with a Kick: Fried Crawfish Étouffée Ball Recipe

If you’re a fan of Cajun flavors and crave a delightful twist on traditional Crawfish Étouffée, you’re in for a treat. LouisianaCookin  presents a delicious recipe for Fried Crawfish Étouffée Balls that combines the rich, savory goodness of Étouffée with the satisfying crunch of fried perfection. These delectable bites are perfect for parties, gatherings, or simply indulging in a unique Louisiana-inspired dish. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process to create these irresistible Crawfish Étouffée balls, along with a zesty chipotle ranch dressing for dipping. Let’s dive into this culinary adventure!

Quick Étouffée Ingredients

  • 1 pound of succulent crawfish tail meat
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup finely chopped celery
  • ¾ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon of Creole seasoning (try Tony Chachere’s for an authentic touch)
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper

Fried Crawfish Étouffée Balls Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Quick Crawfish Étouffée (recipe above)
  • 2 cups of cooked and cooled jasmine rice
  • 2 ¼ cups of plain breadcrumbs (divided)
  • ½ cup of chopped green onion
  • 4 large eggs (divided)
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Peanut oil (for frying)
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Chipotle Ranch Dressing Ingredients


  1. In a generous-sized pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for approximately 10 minutes until the mixture turns a rich peanut butter color.
  2. Add the finely chopped onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Sauté for about 6 minutes until the vegetables become tender. Mix in the crawfish tail meat, salt, black pepper, and Creole seasoning. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. Let the Étouffée cool completely before using it to make the balls. You can refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for up to 6 months.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the Quick Crawfish Étouffée, ¼ cup of breadcrumbs, jasmine rice, chopped green onion, hot sauce, salt, cayenne pepper, and 2 beaten eggs. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 eggs and milk. Place the all-purpose flour in another medium bowl, and the remaining 2 cups of breadcrumbs in a third medium bowl. Shape the Étouffée mixture into golf-ball-sized rounds. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally the bread crumbs. Place them on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, or up to 24 hours (see note below).
  5. In a food processor, combine the ranch dressing, chipotle peppers in adobo, minced garlic, seasoned salt, and ground black pepper. Pulse until the dressing mixture is well combined. Set it aside.
  6. In a large pot or Dutch oven, pour peanut oil to a depth of 4 inches. Heat it over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350º F. Fry the Étouffée balls in batches for approximately 3 minutes or until they turn a golden brown hue. Serve these delightful balls hot with the chipotle ranch dressing mixture for dipping.

Serving Suggestion:

These Fried Crawfish Étouffée Balls are a scrumptious delight on their own, but you can elevate your meal by serving them with classic Creole sides like red beans and rice, collard greens, or cornbread. Don’t forget a refreshing beverage like sweet tea or a crisp lager to balance the heat!

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A Glazed Duck Recipe Fit for Any Cajun

Indulge in the flavors of Cajun cuisine with this delectable recipe for Cane Syrup-Glazed Duck Breast. Bursting with a harmonious blend of sweet and spicy notes, this recipe from Louisiana Cookin is perfect for a refreshing spring dinner. The delicious duck breasts, glazed with rich cane syrup, will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Paired with fragrant long-grain rice, sautéed mustard greens, and a sprinkle of sliced green onion, this recipe is a true culinary delight.



  1. Begin by patting the duck breasts dry using paper towels. With a sharp knife, create a crosshatch pattern on the skin without cutting into the meat. Sprinkle the breasts with kosher salt.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine 1 tablespoon of cane syrup, olive oil, cane vinegar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, lime zest, and ground black pepper. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Place the duck breasts, skin side up, in the marinade dish, ensuring that the skin is not submerged. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld together. If your air fryer manual recommends preheating, preheat the fryer to 300°F. Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  4. Remove the duck breasts from the marinade and gently pat them dry with paper towels. Arrange them skin side down in the prepared basket. Set the fryer temperature to 300°F and cook until the fat starts to render, approximately 10 minutes.
  5. While the duck is cooking, whisk together the lime juice, remaining 2 tablespoons of cane syrup, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning in a small bowl.
  6. Carefully turn the duck pieces and brush them with the cane syrup mixture. Increase the fryer temperature to 400°F and continue cooking until the duck skin becomes crispy and beautifully browned, around 10 minutes. Allow the duck breasts to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve the succulent Cane Syrup-Glazed Duck Breast alongside fluffy long-grain rice, sautéed mustard greens, and a garnish of sliced green onion. Drizzle the remaining cane syrup brushing mixture over the duck for an extra burst of flavor.

Side Dishes:

Fluffy long-grain rice: Prepare a pot of fragrant long-grain rice to accompany the duck. Its neutral flavor complements the rich glaze of the duck breasts perfectly.

Sautéed Mustard Greens: Heat some olive oil in a skillet and add mustard greens. Sauté until wilted and tender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. These greens provide a pleasant bitterness that balances the sweetness of the duck.

Spicy Cornbread: Bake a batch of spicy cornbread to add a touch of Southern comfort to your meal. The crumbly texture and spicy kick will harmonize beautifully with the flavors of the duck.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, toss them with olive oil, salt, and Cajun seasoning, and roast until caramelized. The natural sweetness of the potatoes complements the savory duck and adds a delightful contrast of textures.

With its irresistible blend of sweet and spicy flavors, this Cane Syrup-Glazed Duck Breast recipe is sure to impress your family and friends. The tender meat, crispy skin, and luscious glaze create a symphony of tastes that celebrate the essence of Cajun cuisine. Serve it alongside fluffy long-grain rice, sautéed mustard greens, and a sprinkle of sliced green onion for a complete dining experience. Elevate your cooking skills and treat your loved ones to this Cajun delight. Enjoy the rich flavors and savor every bite!

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Step into Cajun Cuisine with a Delicious Shrimp Boil

If you’re looking to bring a taste of Louisiana to your dining table, this Cajun Shrimp Boil recipe from Louisiana Cookin is just what you need. Bursting with bold flavors and succulent shrimp, this dish is a true Cajun delight. The best part? You can personalize it by adding your favorite ingredients alongside the shrimp, so get ready to embark on a culinary adventure!



  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Trim about half an inch off the top end of each garlic bulb, ensuring the cloves remain intact. Place the garlic bulbs, cut side up, on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle them with olive oil, then tightly wrap the foil around them.
  3. Pop the garlic package into the preheated oven and let it roast until the cloves turn soft and golden, which should take around one hour. The aroma will fill your kitchen, making it hard to resist the anticipation of the flavorful shrimp boil to come.
  4. Time to prepare the stockpot for the boil! Fill a large stockpot with 12 quarts of water. Now, add the concentrated shrimp and crab boil, along with the crawfish, shrimp, and crab boil bag. Squeeze the juice from the halved lemons into the pot, then toss in the lemon halves themselves. Include the bay leaves and black peppercorns as well. Give everything a good stir to distribute the flavors evenly.
  5. Cover the stockpot and crank up the heat until the water reaches a rolling boil. Maintain this vigorous boil for about 30 minutes to allow the spices to infuse the liquid.
  6. Time to add the roasted garlic, celery, and onions to the pot. Once they’re in, let the boil resume its lively bubbling for another 5 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld together and create a savory base.
  7. Carefully introduce the unpeeled fresh shrimp into the pot. Give it a gentle stir to ensure every shrimp is fully immersed in the flavorful broth. Cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let it sit for 10 minutes. This will allow the shrimp to cook gently in the residual heat, ensuring they remain plump and juicy.
  8. Now comes the exciting part—draining the shrimp boil. Remove the lid, carefully pour the contents of the pot into a colander, and bid farewell to the seasoning bag and bay leaves as they make their exit. Your aromatic Cajun shrimp, infused with the essence of garlic and spices, are now ready to be devoured.
  9. To serve your Cajun Shrimp Boil, provide lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, melted butter, rémoulade sauce, Cajun seasoning, and French bread on the side. These accompaniments will complement the flavors and add an extra layer of deliciousness to your meal. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh parsley for a vibrant finishing touch.

Side Dish Suggestions:

  • Corn on the cob: Boil some fresh corn on the cob alongside the shrimp for a classic Southern side dish. Serve it with a slather of butter and a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning.
  • Red potatoes: Boil small red potatoes until tender, then toss them in melted butter and sprinkle with chopped parsley. They make a delightful addition to the shrimp boil.
  • Hush puppies: Whip up a batch of golden, crispy hush puppies to accompany your Cajun feast. These cornmeal-based fritters are perfect for savoring the flavors of the shrimp boil.

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