Best Soul Food Dishes For Home Cooks

We have all your favorite soul food dishes — classic fried chicken, collard greens, cheese grits, and more.

There will be times when you get an insatiable hunger for some fried chicken and collard greens while other time you will be craving something else. When you get that feeling it's time to get in the kitchen and test your cooking skills.

There is no other better way to satisfy your appetite, than by cooking yourself a delicious soul food meal.

But you might be thinking, "I'm really not that good of a cook".

No worries!

If you can't cook, we can tell and show you how. 

Don't have any recipes?

Again no worries, we got your covered with our list of 15 of the best soul food dishes for you to try out in your own kitchen. Just look over the list below and when you see a dish that you like just click on "Get Recipe".

15 Best Soul Food Dishes To Prepare

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Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings
Slow cooked homemade chicken and dumplings is the ultimate
comfort food, always guaranteed to stick to the stomach and fill you up.
The smell and taste of this dish always bring back good memories. 

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Oxtails and Rice

Oxtails and Rice
Oxtails slow cooked until the meat is tender enough to
fall off the bones is so darn delicious. Smother them with
gravy and then serve them over rice for a classic meal.

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Fried Fish and  Cheese Grits
For some folks, fish and grits are the ultimate breakfast foods on
a Sunday morning before heading out the door for a few hours of church. This meal
will get and keep you full so you're not thinking about eating.

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Pigs Feet

Pigs Feet
Classic pigs feet is slow cooked like chitterlings and sometimes
pickled too.  Try boiling pigs feet for some tender and good tasting
pork meat. When it's time to eat have your vinegar and hot sauce nearby.

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Red Beans and Ham Hocks

Red Beans and Ham Hocks
Cooked red beans and ham hocks is a fairly common staple in the
southern household.  You can find a pot of beans and ham hocks slow simmering in
the kitchen. Serve as a standalone dish with cornbread or with other menu items.

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Although controversial, the cleaned and prepared intestines of a hog 
is a southern delicacy, if you can stand the smell. These cuts of pork are
slow-cooked and often eaten with vinegar and hot sauce. The chitlins
are sometimes parboiled, then battered and fried.

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Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed Peas
Cooked separately or with rice as hoppin' john, black eyed peas
is a popular soul food dish. For many black folks this is must eat
dish for New Year's day so that it brings you good luck.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie
The smell of sweet potato pie baking in the oven brings back so
many memories and good feelings. Served warm or cold I'm eating
me a slice either way. Sometimes topped with whipped cream.

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Skillet Cornbread

This short bread is often baked in a cast iron skillet and sometimes
seasoned with bacon fat. This bread is a go to staple that is served with
many soul food like collard greens and beans.

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Neck Bones and Rice

Neck Bones and Rice
Pork neck bones and rice is classic comfort food for us southern
folks. Pour on the thick gravy for a filling meal. Neck bones can be served over rice
or with boiled potatoes.

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Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish
Fresh fish cleaned and deep fried has always been a favorite
of black folks since the early days. Nowadays catfish gets the most press and can
be seen served up next to side dishes like coleslaw and hush puppies.

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Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler
Once cooked in a large cast-iron pot over an open fire. This soul food
dessert favorite to many is now baked in the over until golden brown.
Sometimes topped and served with vanilla ice cram.

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Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
The comfort food macaroni and cheese is a staple of soul food cooking.
Tender noodles with rich and creamy cheese is browned in the oven for some
homemade crispy goodness.

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Collard Greens and Ham Hocks

Collard Greens and Ham Hocks
Most often cooked with ham hocks,  salt pork, or sometimes
with smoked turkey who doesn't love collard greens?  When it's time
to eat just pass the vinegar, hot sauce, and a piece of cornbread.

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Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken
Fry perfect chicken that melts in your mouth. Crunchy
and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
Get your hot sauce ready for some good eating.

Which soul food dishes do you like most and plan to prepare? My personal favorite is chicken and dumplings, followed closely behind by fried fish and cheese grits. Both of these soul food dishes are so delicious and easy to prepare.