Cajun cuisine is spicy fare. Many Cajun dishes are high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium or all three, but almost all of them can be made with more healthful ingredients.
- Avoid fried seafood and hush puppies.
- Blackened entrees are usually dipped in butter or oil, covered with spices and pan fried; ask the cook to use only a small amount of oil.
- Ask for all sauces and gravies on the side.
|Fried crawfish or shrimp||Boiled crawfish or shrimp|
|Gumbo, etouffe and sauces made with roux||Creole and jambalaya dishes|
|Fried seafood||Boiled or grilled seafood|
|Fried shrimp or oyster |
|Dirty rice (contains chicken gizzards, livers, butter, etc.)||White rice|
|Red beans and rice with sausage||Red beans and rice without sausage|