Southern Recipes

Bring the family together with the perfect menu of classic Southern recipes such as gumbo, fried chicken, mac and cheese, grits, collard greens, cornbread and buttermilk biscuits, BBQ, and catfish. Choose from a selection of pecan pies, cobblers, and cakes to seamlessly bring your Southern meal together.

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15 Fabulous Fried Chicken Recipes

Is there really anything more satisfying to bite into than a piece of fried chicken? Deep fried or oven fried, bone-in or boneless, here we share our favorite recipes for the classic dish.
By Janet Taylor McCracken

Our Best Kentucky Derby-Inspired Recipes to Enjoy on the Day of the Big Race

Celebrate Kentucky's great tradition with classic Southern snacks, delectable Derby pies, and plenty of mint juleps.
By Emily Goldman

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 1738
When musician John Legend visited Martha Stewart, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food. Learn how to make the singer's delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese at home.

Pan-Fried Soft-Shell Crabs

Ask your fishmonger to clean soft-shell crabs for you so you can cook the seasonal delights to crisp perfection. Keep in mind that the crustaceans should be cooked no more than six hours after purchase. 

Cathead Biscuits

The recipe for these extra-large biscuits comes from Virginia Willis, the author of "Secrets of the Southern Table." A phrase her grandfather once used, the name indicates that it's a biscuit as big as a cat's head. Each one is golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside, with a light, airy interior.

Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake

This classic southern cake can be over-the-top sweet. Enter coconut sugar, a sweetener from the sap of the coconut tree's flower buds. While it has no coconut flavor, it does bring a caramelized, almost savory complexity to baked goods. It's perfect in a cake that's plenty sweet (as well as moist), thanks to the fresh banana and pineapple. This recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter).

Key Lime Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 425
This recipe is based on the famous Key lime pie from Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach. If you can't find Key limes, use regular fresh lime juice.

Simple Coleslaw

Layer pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and cucumber, both of which provide crisp, cool counterpoints to the rich meat.

Whiskey Sour

Rating: 3.5 stars 76
This great whiskey sour recipe is courtesy of Martha's TV Kitchen, and makes for the perfect addition to cocktail hour.

Flaky Buttery Biscuits

Rating: 3.5 stars 529
Fresh hot biscuits slathered with butter, topped with a spoonful of jam, and served alongside fluffy scrambled eggs and a salty pork product are the epitome of a cozy breakfast (or dinner).

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 824
These decadent bars are inspired by Hello Dollies, a popular Southern dessert.

Red Rice

This recipe for red rice is featured in chef Emily Meggett's cookbook, Gullah Geechee Home Cooking ($36.80, She says you can swap the sausage for chicken or shrimp, but don't skip the salt pork. "It gives it a whole lot of taste."

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken and Dumplings
Rating: Unrated 765
This comfort-food recipe combines chicken thighs, plump dumplings, and plenty of vegetables for a meal that's warm and filling. Everything is ready in about an hour, so try them for a weekend meal.
Grilled Whole Chicken with Barbecue Sauce
Rating: Unrated 68
For this all-American classic, use a great homemade sauce and slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results.
Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Country Ribs
Rating: 3.5 stars 339

Start these ribs in the morning, and they'll be perfectly tender by dinnertime.