Best Southern US Recipes

The southern part of the US is home to a cuisine all of its own. Here, counting calories and grams of fat isn’t a thing. It’s all about the flavor! While the food certainly isn’t anything you would consider “figure friendly”, it is real comfort food. It’s homey, delicious, and seriously tasty. Here are some of the most popular dishes you’ll find in the Southern US, and how to make them at home.


Cornbread is an absolute staple in Southern US cooking. It can be served at any time of day, with any kind of meal. There are all sorts of variations on the bread out there, featuring different mix-ins, and running the gamut from savory to sweet. While it is traditional to cook cornbread in a cast iron skillet, you can cook it in a smaller square pan as well. For a super simple recipe, try this one from Totally The Bomb. If you’re a cheese lover, try adding about a cup of shredded cheese to this recipe. Good stuff indeed.

Biscuits And Sausage Gravy

This is another of those Southern US dishes that can be served at any meal, though it is especially popular at breakfast time. While the recipe typically calls for pork sausage, you can certainly sub in any type of crumbly-style sausage instead. When making this, just make sure you add the flour to your sausage and give it time to really coat the meat, before you add the liquid. If you opt for a spicy sausage, you can also leave out the red pepper flakes in the recipe if you don’t love your food super spicy. Check out Tastes Better From Scratch for the how to on this scrumptious breakfast.

Shrimp And Grits

People in the Southern US love their grits. Grits is a porridge like dish, made from boiled cornmeal. Grits are a very popular breakfast side, often eaten with just a healthy measure of butter and some salt. But come dinner time, shrimp and grits are a fixture in many a Southern Home. The grits get cooked in a little chicken broth and milk, and then some cheese is stirred in. Then, shrimp are cooked with some bacon, garlic, lemon juice, and some Cajun seasoning. This stuff is good, and a bowl of it will disappear fast! Stop by House of Yum if you wanna try making some.

Chicken Fried Steak

The name of this Southern US comfort food can cause a bit of confusion. Is it chicken? Is it steak? It’s actually beef. It’s cubed steak to be precise, pounded out thin and then prepared like crispy fried chicken. This dish is typically served over mashed potatoes, and topped with a white gravy. It’s good, it’s filling, and it’s definitely stick-to-you-ribs style fodder. To give it a try at home, peep this recipe from The Cozy Cook.

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