African American Soul Food Recipes

African American Soul Food RecipesAfrican American Soul Food Recipes

With so many African American soul food recipes to choose from, what's your favorite? There's fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and banana pudding.  Some folks prefer eating chitterlings, with white rice, cornbread and black eyed peas.  

While still other people, like to eat smothered pork chops, cabbage, and lima beans. Oh don't forget pigs feet, pinto beans and rice with corn bread.

Or maybe you like to get out on the grill and barbecue yourself some chicken and ribs to eat with your side dish of baked beans and potato salad? As you can easily see there is enough variety of soul food to go around.

After eating, be sure to finish off your meal with a cold drink or beverage of your choice.  You could wash your meal down with some iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade or orange juice.

Below you will find photos and links to some of our most popular soul food recipes.  Pick and choose your favorites until you have yourself a meal. With recipes in hand, you only need to do a little grocery shopping to get all the ingredients you need to cook a mouthwatering meal just like Grandmama. Enjoy!

African American Soul Food Recipes - Our Favorites

Well after looking at our favorites list above you might be thinking, everything looks and sounds so good so what should I eat? 

If you ask me, I like them all.

I don't have just one African American soul food recipe favorite. I like to say, I enjoy eating and feasting on them all.  You don't have to try them all in one weekend.  We recommend that you pass yourself.  At least give yourself a month or two to work you way through the list of African American soul food recipes you see below.

There are some awesome African American cooks all around the country who love to get in the kitchen and whip up delicious meals.  Are you one of these cooks?  If so, look below for a few African American recipe favorites. 

More Soul Food Recipe Favorites

Drink and Southern Beverage

==> More beverage recipes

Bread, Rolls, and Biscuits

==> More rolls and biscuits

Soups and Chili

==> More savory homemade soups


==> More side dishes


==> More Soul Food Desserts


==> More meats


==> More vegetable recipes


==> More Beans and Legumes

Traditional Soul Food Cooking Methods

There are several traditional techniques that make up soul food cooking methods, including:

  1. Slow-cooking: Many soul food dishes are cooked low and slow to allow the flavors to meld together and create a rich, savory taste.
  2. Frying: Deep-frying is a popular technique for preparing chicken, fish, and other meats in soul food cuisine. The crispy exterior contrasts with the juicy meat inside.
  3. Braising: This involves searing meat on high heat then simmering it in liquid for an extended period of time to produce tender and flavorful results.
  4. Seasoning: Soul food relies heavily on seasoning blends like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, and other spices to add depth of flavor.
  5. Using animal fats: Lard or bacon grease is often used in cooking instead of vegetable oil or butter as it adds richness to the dish.

These techniques have been passed down through generations and continue to be an integral part of soul food cooking today.

Well that should be enough soul food recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen for a little while.  Be sure visit us again because we add new southern cooking recipes all the time.

This soul food recipes page is a celebration of the rich history and culture of African American cuisine. By sharing these favorite recipes, I am preserving important traditions and helping to keep them alive for future generations to enjoy.

Not only is soul food delicious, but it also has a deep connection to the African American experience in the United States. By exploring the unique flavors and techniques that make up this style of cooking, visitors to this page can gain a greater appreciation for the resilience and creativity of enslaved people who created these dishes out of necessity.

This page serves as an important resource for anyone looking to learn more about African American soul food or wanting to try their hand at making some classic dishes themselves. Whether it's fried chicken, collard greens or macaroni and cheese, our recipes offer something for everyone to savor and enjoy.