New Orleans Food: 16 Traditional Dishes to Try in NOLA or at Home

New Orleans Food: 16 Traditional Dishes to Try in NOLA or at Home

A trip to New Orleans would not be complete without sampling its classic cuisine. From spicy jambalaya to sweet beignets, there is something to tantalize the taste buds of all types of food lovers. Here is a list of traditional dishes to try while you’re in NOLA or make at home.


  • Oysters Rockefeller – baked oysters with a herb and butter sauce
  • Muffuleta – a round loaf of Italian bread, stuffed with Italian meats, cheese, and roasted vegetables
  • Hoppin’ John – a blend of black-eyed peas, long-grain rice, and vegetables in a flavorful broth

Main Dishes

  • Smothered Crawfish – a thick stew of crawfish, celery, and spices
  • Gumbo – a thick soup made with a variety of ingredients, including chicken and andouille sausage
  • Jambalaya – a spicy Cajun dish made with rice, shrimp, and spicy sausage

Side Dishes

  • Red Beans and Rice – a traditional New Orleans dish made with red beans, sausage, and rice
  • Grits – a southern favorite of ground corn, cooked with butter and milk
  • Corn Maque Cabbage – a creole dish of corn, bell pepper, onion, and celery


  • Bananas Foster – a rich, creamy dessert made of caramelized bananas and caramel sauce
  • King Cake – a sweet cake decorated with icing and flavored with cinnamon
  • Beignets – deep-fried, pillow-shaped pastries, covered with powdered sugar

No matter how you try them, New Orleans’ traditional foods are a treat for the taste buds. Just one bite and you’ll understand why these dishes are world-renowned. Bon appetite!

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