Although I'm not Catholic, I do greatly respect and admire their Lent tradition. Abstaining from one or more things that you love for 40 straight days is, in my book, a sober, impressive accomplishment. Growing up in south Louisiana, I watched many of my Catholic friends and family members give up meat during Lent, especially on Fridays. On these occasions, there were always lots of seafood feasts going down on the table. So, I got to joyfully partake in my fair share of them. The following dishes are the best of what I believe my blog has to offer in gluten free Cajun and Creole seafood lent recipes.
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1. South Louisiana Shrimp Creole Seafood Lent Recipes Favorite
Probably the most famous of all the seafood Lent dishes, south Louisiana shrimp Creole really needs no introduction. My version is also grain free, and fits into Paleo and keto diets seamlessly. It serves four people, and doubles or even triples perfectly.
2. Paleo Creole Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower Rice
If super tender boiled green peppers filled with red gravy, seasoned shrimp, browned veggies, and riced cauliflower is your thing, read on...These Paleo Creole stuffed peppers with cauliflower rice are amazing on the lips, yet super light on the tummy. They're perfectly keto, also, so sprinkling cheese on top wouldn't hurt your dietary lifestyle at all. Nope.
3. Low Carb Cajun Shrimp Cucumber Dip Seafood Lent Recipes Star
This low carb Cajun shrimp cucumber dip is super refreshing, y'all! One of the most perfect seafood lent recipes for get-togethers, it's easy to prep the day before and serve perfectly chilled. It also doubles easily and also goes great with gluten free crackers.
4. Louisiana Redfish in Papillote Seafood Lent Recipes Keeper
I honestly developed this Louisiana redfish in papillote in just minutes using what I had on hand in my kitchen. It turned out to be one of my very best throw-togethers and is an ideal seafood lent recipe for impressing company. Since it takes only minutes to prep, it's also a good family dish that wins kids over with its pretty presentation.
5. Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Mirliton
A south Louisiana holiday staple done my way, this gluten free Cajun shrimp stuffed mirliton is one of my very favorites. It'll almost leave you speechless the first time that you try it. Then, you'll probably end up craving it fairly often like we do. It's sophisticated enough for a lent recipe party, yet humble enough to enjoy sitting alone in front of your TV.
6. Grain Free Cajun Fried Shrimp Seafood Lent Recipes Must-Have
Cajun fried shrimp was one of the dishes that I sorely craved when I went gluten free in 2010. So, I made up my own grain-free version that uses cassava flour. It's the closest thing to wheat-laden Cajun fried dishes. It stands up to frying beautifully, and it keeps this recipe authentic but surprisingly light and airy. Oh, and it comes with the perfect homemade Cajun tartar sauce recipe, too.
7. Grain & Gluten Free Cajun Crawfish Etouffee
There's something so incredibly special about Cajun crawfish etouffee. It warms your heart, soul, and tummy simultaneously. It makes everyone at the table eat in long, satisfying silences. And since it just so happens to be crawfish season, it helps you put a stellar gluten free seafood lent recipe on the table easily.
8. Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Artichokes
These gluten free Cajun shrimp stuffed artichokes are one of my best seafood lent recipes for sharing with your loved ones. The super comforting, over-the-top deliciousness boasts tender boiled artichokes, seasoned shrimp, gluten free bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Yes, they do take a bit of time to make. But, they're so yummy and unforgettable that you'll likely want to make them again and again and again.
9. Grain & Gluten Free Cajun Catfish Courtbouillon
One of the south Louisiana culinary crowned jewels, my grain and gluten free Cajun catfish courtbouillon hugs you from the inside out. My Trinity Roux base, seasoned catfish fillets, and a thick, rich out-of-this-world red gravy makes this an unforgettable meal that never fails to impress. Yep.
10. Gluten Free Cajun Crab, Artichoke & Potato Casserole
This gluten free Cajun crab, artichoke and potato casserole is stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness, y'all. The creamy potato base sets the stage, while the fresh crab taste pops through each bite. Garlic, artichokes and the browned Cajun trinity pulls it all together, making this a kid-friendly meal that everyone in the family just can't get enough of til it's all gone.
11. Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp and Corn Dip
Flavor-injected with seasoned shrimp, Rotel tomatoes, and the browned Cajun trinity, this gluten free Cajun shrimp and corn dip is super easy to make. You might want to make a double batch, though, because it goes quickly, too. This is definitely the recipe to share if you're just starting out cooking, because it looks and tastes like you spent all day slaving over it when it's actually ready in just under an hour.
12. Best Ever Grain Free Cajun Fried Seafood Platter
This grain free Cajun fried seafood platter is really, really close to my heart, y'all. A Friday night tradition for my family all throughout my childhood, this platter feeds at least two people. If you can't get the fresh shrimp, oysters, and catfish where you are, just substitute whatever you can get your hands on for this one. Once again, the cassava flour batter stands up to the frying test, and makes the perfect base for a true, authentic south Louisiana fried seafood plate.
13. Grain or Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Stew
Probably my very most favorite dish, my grain or gluten free Cajun shrimp stew gets its authentic flavor base from my Trinity Roux. It's Paleo, keto, and grain free without the rice. But, I usually make it gluten free by enjoying just a dab of rice on top. We ate my Mom's version of this at least twice a month while I was growing up. So, I didn't stop developing this recipe until it lived up to my Mom's dish. This is definitely the dish to make to introduce your family and friends to Cajun food if it's not already in your everyday normal. The rich, flavorful gravy with the pops of seasoned shrimp is simple yet sophisticated, and easy to make but restaurant-worthy impressive.