This is a list of foods of the Southern United States. The cuisine of the Southern United States is defined as the historical regional culinary form of states in the Southern United States. Southern cuisine has many various dishes and foods.



Skillet cornbread

Desserts and sweets




An apple cobbler






Meats, poultry and seafood

A pan of beef brisket, fresh out of the oven
Jambalaya cooking in a pan

Side dishes and condiments

Sausage gravy served atop biscuits

Soups, stews and boils

  • Brunswick stew - originated in either Virginia or Georgia
  • Burgoo - served at barbecues in western and central Kentucky; similar to Brunswick stew
  • Chicken sauce-picquante - chicken cooked in a tangy stew with tomatoes and spices, often served over rice; a favorite in southern Louisiana
  • Conch chowder - mainly a specialty of Florida
  • Étouffée - a very thick stew made of crawfish or chicken and sausage, okra and roux served over rice
  • Gumbo - made with seafood or meat and okra; a Cajun/Creole delicacy
  • Hoppin' John
  • Low country boil - any of several varieties
    • Frogmore stew - made with sausage, corn, crabs, and shrimp; popular in coastal South Carolina
    • Seafood muddle
  • Peanut soup - one of the oldest dishes consumed in the South; brought by Africans; mainly a dish of Virginia
  • Pilau - any number of dishes which combine rice stewed with meat (chicken, sausage, pork, or wild game) and usually including onions or bell peppers. The most popular is chicken bog. These dishes are popular in South Carolina due to the influence of rice cultivation on the history of South Carolina.
  • Rat stew - consumed in West Virginia[14][15]
  • She-crab soup - mainly served in the area around Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia from Atlantic crabs
  • Tomato soup - stewed tomatoes, okra and corn
  • Turtle soup - mainly a Creole dish in Louisiana
  • Terrapin stew - a historical dish of Atlantic Coast states such as Maryland and Virginia

Vegetables and salads

Collard greens (left), macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, yams and cornbread
  • Mashed potatoes - called "creamed" in some regions
    • Rutmus - potatoes boiled and mashed with turnip bottoms and butter
  • Okra - flour-battered and pan-fried or boiled, stewed, or steamed
  • Onion - sliced Vidalia onion, whole green onion, and onion rings
  • Peas - often cooked with chunks of ham or onions
  • Potato salad - usually made in the South with egg, mayonnaise, prepared mustard and pickle relish
  • Purloo - a traditional low country dish made with ham, bacon, peppers and okra
  • Ramps - wild leeks popular in the mountains


A shrimp po' boy sandwich

See also


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