Louisiana Food and Culinary Traditions

Louisiana Boiled Crawfish Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done Louisiana Boiled Crawfish

Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in Louisiana, whether your tastes tend to seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, crawfish bisque, crawfish pie, fried crawfish, boudin or maybe even fried alligator!

And don't forget Natchitoches meat pies, grilled oysters, red beans and rice, jambalaya, great peach pies from Ruston, fried catfish, great BBQ, soul food, and so much more.

Good food is found everywhere in Louisiana. Ask any visitor—or resident for that matter—what they like the best about this state, and they will say either "the food and the music" or vice versa.

The two most popular types of cuisine in Louisiana are Creole and Cajun, and telling them apart is difficult for locals and tourists alike because you can often find both variations of the same dish.

A common denominator in our cuisine is often Louisiana seafood. The state has 400 miles—actually thousands of miles if you count bays and inlets—of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, making it one of North America’s most productive shrimp, oyster and crab fisheries.

Whether you are dining at Antoine's or Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Middendorfs at Pass Manchac, Prejeans in Lafayette, Hot Tails in New Roads, or one of hundreds of other Louisiana restaurants, a great culinary experience is to be enjoyed!

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done
Louisiana Seafood Gumbo


Louisiana Chefs

The Chefs of Cajun Aces ... Sam and Cody Carroll Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done The Chefs of Cajun Aces ... Cody and Samantha Carroll (courtesy of the Food Network)

Louisiana has so many famous chefs and culinary gurus, it's difficult to make a list! Well known chefs include Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, Paul Prudhomme, John Folse, Susan Spicer and Ryan Andre, and the list goes on and on!

Sam and Cody Carroll of Louisiana premiered their new Food Network show, “Cajun Aces" on December 2, 2017.

Hot Tails in New Roads was the two chefs’ first restaurant, which is located at 1113 Hospital Road. Scenes in the TV series are filmed at the restaurant, and at the family farm in nearby Batchelor. Sac-a-Lait, located in New Orleans’ historic Warehouse District, was opened in 2015.

Read more about Cajun Aces

Gulf to Table New Orleans Style - Video from Louisiana Travel

New Orleans chefs and restauranteurs tell the story of Gulf to table cuisine in the Crescent City.

Watch more videos at the Louisiana Office of Tourism - LouisianaTravel.com

List of Food Festivals in Louisiana in 2018

Food and the culinary arts are being celebrated in festivals and events during 2018 throughout Louisiana, from north to south, east to west.

We celebrate just about every crop harvested and every fish we catch, and eat!

Festival City Date
King Cake Festival
Champion Square
New Orleans, Louisiana January 28, 2018
Amite Oyster Festival
Amite, Louisiana March 16-18, 2018
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center
Chalmette, Louisiana March 22-25, 2018
Scott Boudin Festival
Scott, Louisiana April 6-8, 2018
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Memorial Park
Ponchatoula, Louisiana April 13-15, 2018
Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana April 13-15, 2018
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Winnsboro, Louisiana April 14, 2018
15th Annual Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cookoff
Slidell, Louisiana April 21, 2018
Lecompte Pie Festival
Lecompte, Louisiana April 27-29, 2018
Annual Etouffee Festival
Arnaudville, Louisiana April, 2018
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana May 4-6, 2018
Cochon de Lait Festival
Mansura, Louisiana May 10-13, 2018
Rayne Frog Festival
Rayne, Louisiana May 10-13, 2018
Starks Mayhaw Festival
Starks, Louisiana May 17-19, 2018
Plaquemines Parish Seafood & Heritage Festival
Belle Chase, Louisiana May 18-20, 2018
Jambalaya Festival
Irma Boulevard
Gonzales, Louisiana May 25-27, 2018
Mudbug Madness
Shreveport, Louisiana May, 2018
Louisiana Corn Festival
Bunkie, Louisiana June 7-9, 2018
Louisiana Peach Festival
Ruston, Louisiana June 22-23, 2018
Louisiana Catfish Festival
Des Allemands, Louisiana June 22-24, 2018
Beauregard Watermelon Festival
Deridder, Louisiana June 29-30, 2018
Cajun French Music & Food Festival
Lake Charles, Louisiana July 20-21, 2018
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Delcambre, Louisiana August 15-19, 2018
Gueydan Duck Festival
Gueydan, Louisiana August 23-26, 2018
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Lawrence Park
Morgan City, Louisiana August 30 - September 3, 2018
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
Riverbank Downtown
Natchitoches, Louisiana September 14-15, 2018
Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
New Iberia, Louisiana September 27-30, 2018
Alligator Festival
Westbank Bridge Park
Luling, Louisiana September 27-30, 2018
Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair
Abbeville, Louisiana October 11-14, 2018
Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Zwolle, Louisiana October 12-13, 2018
Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay
Thibodaux, Louisiana October 12-14, 2018
Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Bridge City, Louisiana October 12-14, 2018

World Championship Gumbo Cook-off
Bouligny Plaza

New Iberia, Louisiana October 13-14, 2018
International Rice Festival
Crowley, Louisiana October 18-21, 2018
Andouille Festival
St. John Community Center
Thomas F. Daley Park
LaPlace, Louisiana October 19-21, 2018
French Food Festival
Larose, Louisiana October 26-28, 2018
Louisiana Pecan Festival
Colfax, Louisiana November 2-4, 2018
Louisiana Swine Festival
Basile, Louisiana November 2-4, 2018
Port Barre Cracklin Festival
Port Barre, Louisiana November 8-11, 2018

A Recipe for a Louisiana Favorite: Crawfish Etoufee

  • Louisiana Crawfish Etoufee Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done Louisiana Crawfish Etoufee
    2 lb. crawfish
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 c. onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c. shallots
  • 1/2 c. celery
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. green pepper, diced
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1 small can tomato sauce ( 8 oz.)
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Saute vegetables in butter until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook one minute more; do not burn.
  • Add flour and stir until golden brown.
  • Add tomato sauce.
  • Stir in water and crawfish; simmer 10 minutes or until crawfish are tender.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne. 
  • Cook slowly 10-15 minutes more.
  • Serve over cooked rice.
  • Serves 4-6

Video on How to Make Crawfish Etoufee

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Shrimp boat off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp boat off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)


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