Down Home Southern Cooking Recipes

Southern cooking is a beloved cuisine that has been passed down through many generations.

A staple in the American diet, it makes use of local ingredients to create dishes that are flavorful, hearty, and soulful. Popular ingredients used for southern dishes include butter, bacon fat, cornmeal, sausage, ham hock, and various types of peppers.

Classic recipes include fried chicken, collard greens, mac 'n' cheese, and pulled pork barbecue.

Over time each region of the south has developed its own signature dishes that reflect their unique culture and tastes. Whether you're looking for a comforting home-cooked meal or an adventurous new recipe to try out - southern cooking has something for everyone!

If you like home cooking, nothing will taste better than authentic southern cooking. When I sit down at the dinner table to eat southern food, one thing is sure to happen.  I'll leave the table very pleased, full, and content after my meal.

For this simple fact, l love home cooking, especially because I get a chance to cook the food I enjoy eating.

Do you enjoy eating southern foods?

If so here are some of the all time southern recipes.  

Print these recipes out, that way when you have the urge for some good down home cooking you're good to go.


Sweet Tea
Homemade Lemonade


Fried Hush Puppies
Southern Style Corn Bread

Chicken Noodle
Creamy Tomato Soup
Vegetable Soup
Beans, Potatoes and Vegetables

Baked Sweet Potato
Black Eyed Peas
Buttered Mashed potatoes
Candied Yams
Collard Greens
Pinto Beans
Stuffed Bell Pepper
Chicken and Pork

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
Smothered Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken
Honey Baked Ham

Fried Catfish
Salmon Patties
Blackened Red Snapper

Seafood Boil
Grilled Salmon Recipe
Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Homemade Lemon Pie
Red Velvet Cake
Pecan Pie
Peach Cobbler

My advice to you is to develop your dinner menu by selecting several recipes from above. Head to your local grocery store, pick up your ingredients and get into the kitchen and start cooking.

Popular Southern Dishes by Region

  • Gulf Coast: Crawfish boil, gumbo, jambalaya
  • Northern Alabama: White BBQ sauce, chicken and dumplings
  • Western North Carolina: Pulled Pork Barbecue, Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Middle and Lower Tennessee: Country Fried Steak, Nashville Hot Chicken
  • Eastern Kentucky: Burgoo Stew
  • South Georgia/North Florida: Boiled Peanuts and Frogmore Stew
  • Central Texas: Beef Brisket with sides of Beans, Pickles, and Onions