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65 Famous Southern Recipes To Indulge Your Taste Buds In

Southern Recipes
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  • Arden is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, specializing in classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers.
  • Prior to joining Country Thang Daily, Arden wrote for Billboard and People magazine, covering country music legends and emerging artists.
  • Arden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Music Studies.

Southern recipes are undeniably the most comforting home cuisines in the United States. These Southern foods boast big flavors that will really hit all of your taste buds right. 

They really know how to make irresistible good food with a whole lot of soul in it. 

Whether you’ve tried the home-cooked versions straight out of a Southern kitchen or in a restaurant, we’re sure that it really satisfied you. So we’re bringing these recipes straight to you with just a click. Enjoy these 65 famous Southern recipes – from the traditional to the twists and from appetizers to dessert – that will truly indulge your taste buds. 

1. Southern Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese recipes are not created equal, and the Southern version is truly one of a kind. With extra sharp cheddar cheese, you can make a more flavorful grilled cheese sandwich or cracker spreads. Or pair it with another Southern classic: fried green tomatoes. 

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2. Fried Green Tomatoes

Enjoy the perfect crunch of green tomatoes with cornmeal and flour crust which sets this recipe apart from the others. It’s not only a perfect pair for Southern Pimento Cheese but can also elevate your usual BLT or caprese salad.

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3. Deviled Eggs

Stuffed eggs came from Rome, but it was Great Britain who introduced the term ‘devil’ in the 1700s, which means spicy or highly seasoned food. Southerners recreated this in their own style. To add authenticity to the recipe, make sure to use Duke’s, the South’s mayonnaise of choice. 

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4. Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

This Southern twist on the breakfast staple with yogurt and fresh vanilla bean truly takes it to the next level and helps balance the rich flavors leaving you wanting for more. 

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5. Strawberry Chicken Salad with Buttered Pecans

Level up your chicken salad with this recipe. The strawberry adds sweetness, while the buttered pecans definitely throw in some crunch and added flavor. 

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6. Pecan Pie

This sugary goodness will definitely make your teeth hurt, but you can’t help but come back for more. These pecan nuts are harvested down South just in time for Thanksgiving, so you will surely enjoy the celebrations. 

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7. Chocolate Pecan Tart

Try this thinner version of a pecan pie and filled with the sweet goodness of chocolate. The nutty flavor mixed with chocolate will always create an addicting taste.

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8. Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

If you’re not a Southerner, then you might not be familiar with grits. These are made from grinding white corn called hominy and is a staple Southern dish. For this recipe, pair it with shrimp but with less calories and sodium. 

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9. Cheesy Grit Fritters with Hot Pepper Jelly

This is a perfect grits leftover recipe. Filled with mouthwatering cheese inside and complemented with the savory hot pepper jelly, this grit fritters will surely make your day. 

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10. Oyster and Shrimp Po’ Boys

This classic New Orleans’ Oyster and Shrimp Po’ Boys will never let you down. Munch the crunch with deep-fried oysters and shrimp stuffed into chewy French bread with shredded lettuce, tomato, and remoulade. 

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11. Southern Potato Salad

Potato salads have different versions and twists, but the Southern version straight out from every grandma’s recipe book is guaranteed the best taste. No one can ever argue with a grandma recipe. 

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12. Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

This easy homemade recipe has been handed down from many generations and remains to be one of the favorite Southern recipes. It’s easy and you’ll probably find yourself making these as a go-to breakfast or snack. 

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13. Fig Preserves

This jam made from fig is a delicious complement to buttermilk biscuits. It’s also a perfect holiday and housewarming gift which allows people to enjoy figs all year round. 

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14. Fig Galette

Aside from jam, you can use fig for galettes or freeform tarts with a sweeter crust. For this recipe, it’s best to use Brown Turkey or Black Mission figs. 

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15. Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits

If you’re looking for an easy-to-make sweet treat, then this it. With refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, sugar, cinnamon, and your choice of fruit preserve, you can easily replicate this. 

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16. Buttermilk Waffles

Waffles are breakfast staples and what even better way to make it Southern than to make it in buttermilk flavor. 

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17. Sweet Sausage Rolls

Sweet Sausage Rolls Southern Recipe

This addicting finger food you can serve for breakfast or snack is made from refrigerated dough with honey and brown sugar for a touch of sweet flavor that contrasts with the smoky sausage.

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18. Hush Puppies

These cornmeal balls are definitely one of the best finger foods and are paired with spiky ketchup or aioli sauce. It also complements crispy fish and chips as well as the Southern favorite fried chicken.

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19. Cream Cheese Kolaches

These treats are a popular specialty of the central Texas’ Czech Belt’. The cream cheese filling recipe evokes a Danish twist that is easy to make and also easy to finish because it’s so good. 

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20. Bacon Butternut and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Bacon, Butternut and Blue Cheese Flatbread Southern Recipe

This autumn-inspired flatbread recipe is definitely full of flavors in one bite yet not overwhelming to the tongue. Make it with pre-made flatbread or pizza dough, or you can make your own from scratch.

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21. Catfish and Rice Bowl with Soy Vinaigrette

This is a mix-and-match style, but for this Southern recipe version, there are catfish, benne beans, and black-eyed peas, which all have Southern stamps. This is perfect for a full breakfast meal. 

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22. Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken

There’s no more canon Southern recipe than the classic fried chicken dredged in thick flour and cooked to a golden crisp. While this is not your traditional finger-lickin’ good recipe, it’s just as good. 

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23. Mama’s Fried Chicken

Recreate the iconic Southern fried chicken with this recipe. It’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and the secret to this – good, old buttermilk. 

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24. Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

There’s an abundance of chicken recipes in the Southern kitchen, and this is one of the favorites. One bowl of this cozy goodness will make you feel like you’ve been hugged tightly on a sad, rainy day.

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25. Chicken Pot Pie

This Southern staple is still loved by both adults and children and will probably stay as popular as it was before. This recipe is a healthier version so you can indulge yourself with more chicken pot pie.

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26. Country Captain

This flavorful curried chicken dish originated from the coast of Georgia and is best served with steaming hot rice to make your meal extra fulfilling. 

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27. Giblet Gravy

This chicken dish uses other parts of the chicken like the neck and gizzards because Southern kitchens don’t let food go to waste. And it’s definitely good.

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28. Cast Iron Fried Chicken Pizza

Nothing beats the combination of chicken and pizza. And this Southern version uses the cast iron style for fried chicken and eaten with Texas Pete Hot Sauce. 

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29. Chicken Salad Croissant

Swiss cheese and pickle relish make this croissant an absolutely tasty chicken salad. And it’s one of the best spin-offs of the traditional chicken salad which gives it a bright, fresh taste. 

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30. Copycat Chicken Salad

In this recipe, the chicken salad is sandwiched in between two thick, crusty oat breads and relished with sweet pickle for a signature flavor. 

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31. Chicken Fried Steak

This recipe is a Texan classic, which you can serve with the side favorites mashed potatoes, green beans, or even a biscuit. 

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32. Fried Pork Chop

Aside from chicken, one way to a Southerner’s heart is a deliciously flavored fried pork chop. This is served with mashed potatoes on the side or some green peas and roasted potatoes and onions.

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33. Minute Steak with Pepper Gravy

Minute steak is a thinner and tougher cut of beef cooked quickly and results in flavorful meat. Served with pepper gravy, this is considered a cousin of the popular country fried steak. 

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34. Oven-Baked Ribs

Slow cooking with smoke is definitely a Southern food characteristic, especially when it comes to barbecues. But all Southern varieties of barbecue are good, and this oven-baked ribs will surely make your mouth water.

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35. Frito Pie

This Texas recipe is what happens when you combine Tex-Mex taco with a bowl of chili. And it’s so good topped with sour cream and freshly sliced jalapeno peppers. You will definitely find yourself making this pie every time. 

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36. Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos

Another taco recipe from Texas, this is definitely a mouthful of goodness best served with the traditional Mexican salsa. Don’t forget to squeeze some lime to tie up all the flavors together.

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37. Baked Country Ham

Baked Country Ham Southern Recipe

Southerners had long learned to preserve their meat way before refrigeration was widely available. And the country ham, with its salty and delicious flavor, is coated with brown sugar and pecans for a salty and sweet combination you can’t get enough of.

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38. Virginia Willis’ Bourbon Baked Ham

Virginia Willis’ Bourbon Baked Ham Southern Recipe

This meal is a Southern classic for New Year’s Eve. Amp up your baked country ham with some bourbon because if you can’t get drunk, then let the ham. Also, the bourbon enhances the flavor, perfect for a celebration.

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39. Apricot Ham Balls

Apricot Ham Balls Southern Recipe

Enjoy ham in a different style, especially during New Year’s Eve or any celebration at that. This twist on ham surely makes it interesting. 

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40. Brunswick Stew with Shredded Chicken

Both Brunswick County in Virginia and Georgia lay claim to the origin of this sweet, barbecue reminiscent stew. The stew is stuffed with the vegetable favorites and while Virginia uses chicken, Georgia adds beef.

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41. Southern Squash Casserole

Southerners definitely love their vegetables and of course, Southern grandmas are here to jazz it up. Cooked disks of squash perfectly blended with butter, onion, cream, and of course, cheddar cheese topped with Ritz crackers. 

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42. Sweet Potato Pie

Southerners definitely love a good sweet potato pie, and it’s a very common meal that graces every Thanksgiving table. Many love this much more than the usual pumpkin pie.

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43. Grandma Pruit’s Vinegar Pie

As we always say, a Southern grandma recipe cannot be beaten. This recipe has been passed on to generations of Grandma Pruit’s family in Texas and is a historic pie present at any celebration table. 

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44. Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie

Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie Southern Recipe

This is a twist on the classic tomato pie baked with sourcream crust and flavored with lots of cheese and bacon, and layered with colorful tomatoes. 

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45. Okra and Butter Bean Stew

This is one of the best okra and bean stews that you will ever taste, and if you’re an okra hater, this guarantees a change in perspective. This recipe was adapted from the deep south state of Louisiana.

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46. Southern Fried Okra

Fried to a golden brown with a little fresh green, this recipe is so crunchy and addicting. You can serve these with ketchup or ranch. And the secret to its goodness is the Southern favorite – buttermilk. 

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47. Creamy Sweet Corn with Okra

With a bit of cream filled with corn, bacon, and okra, this recipe is a delightful meal for a veggie-loving family. It’s easy and drives a flavor punch that will surely get anyone who hates okra to love it.

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48. Red Beans and Rice

This Cajun staple is Louisiana by nature, but in distinction, this recipe is stamped as New Orleans. This is best served with fluffy, buttery rice and a slice of either sausage, bacon, or fried pork chops.

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49. Blackened Catfish and Spicy Rice

This recipe is a quick fix for your catfish craving and best served with Cajun flavored spicy rice. The spiciness definitely brings out the flavors of the blackened catfish. But go easy with the spices; it can be too hot. 

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50. Seared Salmon with Sugar Snaps and Horseradish Cream

Salmon has a natural affinity for horseradish, so these two really go well together in a meal. Add in the sugar snap peas for a taste of sweetness. All the flavors perfectly blend together for a hearty meal.

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51. Smoked Trout Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

The recipe name is as fancy as its flavor. If you haven’t heard about Green Goddess Dressing, it’s like cucumber ranch, and this creamy flavor helps tone down the aggressive flavor of the fish.

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52. Soft Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

For a rather lighthearted dinner, these soft rolls flavored with buttermilk is one of the best options. They’re warm and of course, absolutely irresistible. 

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53. Banana Cake

This banana cake features (again) the favorite Southern ingredient, which is buttermilk and a bit of lemon juice for some tang. Mixed with the bananas, it creates a moist and rich flavor. 

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54. Banana Pudding

No one can resist this sweet treat, a custard topped with whipped meringue and Nilla wafers and of course, studded with bananas. Best in beating the heat. 

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55. Banana Peanut Butter Cream Pie

This dessert can be a tad challenging to recreate in the kitchen, but it can be done. And if you do, you will be rewarded with a mouthwatering concoction of sweets. Just like banana pudding, this dessert features meringue. 

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56. Peach Cobbler

This is one of the most favorite desserts in the South. For this version, blueberry is added for a healthier sweet treat and topped with crispy, tender biscuits.

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57. Grilled Peaches with Almond Cream

Aside from the favorite Peach cobbler, you can also try caramelizing peaches and grilling them. It’s a perfect pair to the sweet, nutty flavor of the almond. Grilling the peaches also add some bitterness to the sweet 

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58. Salted Peanuts and Coke

The salty and sweet combination of these two packs a punch every single time. Hardly a recipe but a definite must-try.

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59. Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea Southern Recipe

This wine of the South is never absent from any Southern restaurant. It’s addicting and is the perfect beverage to counter the summer heat. 

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60. Mint Julep

A Kentucky favorite, this drink is made with bourbon, fresh mint, and mint sprig, which is a truly refreshing drink. 

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Cookbook Recipe

61. Divinity

Cherry-Almond Divinity Southern Recipe

This white candy which looks like a cloud, is a sugary goodness that melts right into your mouth. It can be tricky to make 

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62. Coca-Cola Cake

This might be a bit new but adding coca-cola for the sweetness and airy texture is something Southerners swear by. Feel the punch of this dessert with marshmallows and icing for gooeyness. 

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63. Hummingbird Cake 

The Hummingbird cake is a three moist layer pineapple and banana cake topped with the Southern favorite cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans. 

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64. Red Velvet Cake

This dessert doesn’t have any Southern roots, but it became so popular that you see them almost everywhere. The Southern version of this dessert usually uses a cream cheese filling to balance the flavors.

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65. Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

These choco-chip cookies are life-changing with its mix of bourbon and salty bacon that creates an unforgettable umami flavor. And it’s definitely one of the best twists on Southern recipes.

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