The South's Best Dishes

From shrimp jambalaya and cast iron cornbread to buttermilk fried chicken and fried green tomatoes, these southern classics will satisfy your soul.

  • 01 of 09

    Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken

    Southern Fried Chicken Thighs

    The Spruce

    Traditional southern fried chicken recipes are simply chicken dusted in flour and fried crisp, but this delicious variation uses a buttermilk bath for a tangy twist. This buttermilk fried chicken is great hot, but also makes a wonderful picnic item served cold.

  • 02 of 09

    Fluffy Biscuits

    Buttermilk biscuits
    Leah Maroney

    The secret to these light-as-air biscuits is using yeast and chilling the dough before rolling it out and baking. Because you need to chill the dough, they can be made ahead and then baked just before serving.

  • 03 of 09

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Fried Green Tomatoes
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    These crispy tomatoes are a southern favorite for good reason. They are great served as an appetizer, or a side with grilled ribs or steaks. You will not find unripe green tomatoes at the supermarket, you'll need to go to a farmer's market to find some or grow your own—well worth the effort.

  • 04 of 09

    Chicken Fried Steak With White Gravy

    Chicken Fried Steak
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    Chicken-fried steak is served with peppery white gravy and has a crispier coating than its similar counterpart, country-fried steak. Serve with biscuits.

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  • 05 of 09

    Sweet Potato Steak Fries

    Sweet Potato French Fries
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    So simple and delicious, these sweet potato fries are a great way to enjoy one of nature's most nutritious foods. Since these are done in a hot oven, they don't need lots of oil to "fry." These sweet potato fries are great with burgers, steaks and almost anything else you would serve with regular fries. I like mine spicy, so I put in a good shake of cayenne, but you can easily tailor this recipe to your own level of heat. As with regular French fries, salt is important

  • 06 of 09

    Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya

    Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya
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    Straight from New Orleans' famous French Quarter, this Creole favorite is a descendant of the Spanish paella. Featuring local ingredients, and a healthy dose of French flair, Jambalaya has been a Louisiana favorite for over a century. This simple Jambalaya recipe is easy to make, re-heats beautifully, and is great for entertaining.

  • 07 of 09

    Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

    Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
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    There are about as many versions of a pot of gumbo as there are cooks who make it, and this is merely one take on the legendary dish. But one thing all good gumbos have in common is a roux - a blend of flour and oil cooked until an amber brown color. The unmistakably rich, nutty flavor that it adds to the soup/stew sets it apart from the ordinary.
    Check out the step-by-step instructions and photos for this gumbo recipe.

  • 08 of 09

    Classic Cast-Iron Cornbread

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    This cornbread recipe is more on the moist and tender side than the dry and crumbly texture that many traditional recipes feature. This is a very easy to make cornbread recipe that always gets rave reviews.

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  • 09 of 09

    Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pie

    Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie

    The Spruce

    This pie is traditionally served at the annual Kentucky Derby. It's similar to the Melrose Inn's famous version, which has been served at the race for over 50 years.