Seasonings such as Cayenne pepper, Tony Chacheres, Tabasco sauce and Zatarains are prevalent in the cuisine of Louisiana. While the state is predominantly known for both its Cajun cuisine, Creole cuisine, and Native American cuisine.Creole cuisine is influenced by traditional French cooking with Spanish, African, and Indian influences. Cajun cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. Cajun cuisine has a reputation of being incredibly spicy and dependent on frying. People in Southern Louisiana say that others eat to live, while they live to eat. 
Although the food most identified with the state is the Cajun and Creole food of South Louisiana, North Louisiana also has its own unique cuisine. Traditionally, southern style soul food such as smothered pork chops, chicken and dumplings, candied yams, hot water cornbread, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and black-eyed peas are commonly eaten in North Louisiana. Natchitoches is famous for its meat pie. For many years, crawfish were not eaten outside of Cajun country. People north of Alexandria were more likely to eat fried chicken or barbecue. Fish fries featuring catfish took the place of crawfish boils. Today, boiled crawfish is served throughout the state.
Other foods popular in Louisiana include Gumbo, Étouffée, Jambalaya, Muffuletta, Poboy, and Red Beans and Rice. Seafood is especially popular in Louisiana either as an ingredient or as a main dish such as Shrimp, Crawfish, Crabs, Oysters and Catfish. Swamp denizens such as Gator or Alligator, Frog Legs, and Turtle soup is popular around the bayous of south Louisiana.
Famous desserts and snacks include King Cake, beignets, Pralines, Sweet Potato pie and Pecan pie.
Popular Louisiana recipes:Colleens Slow Cooker JambalayaBananas Foster IIAuthentic Louisiana Red Beans and RiceBoudreauxs Zydeco Stomp GumboEasy Cajun JambalayaBourbon ChickenCindys JambalayaCajun Crawfish and Shrimp EtouffeOven Baked JambalayaCajun Chicken and Sausage GumboLouisiana Sweet Potato PancakesLouisiana Shrimp Creole IICabbage JambalayaJambalaya IIAnns Shrimp EtouffeeAuthentic, No Shortcuts, Louisiana Red Beans and RiceChicken Jambalaya IJennys JambalayaCrawfish Fettuccine ILouisiana Crawfish EtouffeeLouisiana Shrimp CasseroleMan Pleasin JambalayaJambalaya With ShrimpCitrus Shortbread CookiesJens JambalayaBest Bourbon ChickenSlow Cooker Blackberry Pork TenderloinChayote Squash Side DishMeatloaf with Sour Cream SauceBroccoli Crawfish Cheese SoupKing Cake in a Bread MachineCreole Red Beans and RiceCajun Corn and Bacon Maque ChouxCrawfish Etouffee IVBourbon Street Rib-Eye SteakCajun Sweet DoughCajun Skillet SurpriseCrawfish LinguineCajun Ponchartrain SauceCrawfish and Corn SoupCrawfish CornbreadShrimp GumboThe Captains Famous JambalayaMuffulettaOysters RockefellerMuffuletta PinwheelsRichard and Suzannes Louisiana Crawfish PastaCrawfish BisqueCajun Crab Cakes (No Breadcrumbs)Hearty Creole Okra and TomatoesPressure Cooker Red Beans and SausageLouisiana Crawfish BisqueFab Summer Blackened Chicken SaladShrimp and Grits Louisiana StyleChef Johns New Orleans-Style Barbequed ShrimpJambalaya ICrawfish Fettuccine IIAudrys Shrimp StewCrawfish EtouffeeButter Biscuit Peach CobblerDoberge CakeCrawfish Potato SoupCreole Macaroni and CheeseRice Cooker Crawfish TailsLouisiana Crawfish BoilRichard and Suzannes Famous Red Beans and SausageChicken Jambalaya IISlow Cooker Red Beans and RiceCrawfish ThermidorLouisiana Shrimp and Eggs GumboCrawfish Stuffed Chicken BreastsFire Roasted Vegetarian GumboHeathers Crawfish EtouffeeOysters Rockefeller from USA WeekendCajun Prime RibShrimp Macque ChouxCategory Five Hot SauceLouisiana Crawfish Ya-Ya PastaCrawfish DressingButtermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese FillingShrimp and Grits With KielbasaNot Ya Mamas Oyster Dressing