Unique Foods to Try in Mississippi

It doesn’t matter why you’re coming to the Magnolia State – one question on every visitor’s mind is, “What is there to eat?” Mississippi is home to some of the most unique dishes in the country, and you’re sure to find a meal – or several – to write home about. Visit Mississippi is here to serve as your trip planner. Here, we dish out a few suggestions for Mississippi cuisine to try.

Famous Soul Food

Throughout the various Mississippi regions, locals and travelers will find no shortage of comfort food. Inspired by the soul of our people and filled with flavor, these dishes and sides include the following:

  • Fried meat and fish: Beer-battered and breaded to perfection, these delicacies are immensely popular, especially dishes that involve chicken and okra.
  • Collard greens: These leafy, green vegetables are a staple of not only Mississippi cuisine but dishes throughout the South.
  • Cornbread: While there are many variations of cornbread recipes, the Magnolia State boasts unique options made with sweet milk, pure cane sugar, and hints of honey – it’ll melt in your mouth.
  • Wild rice soup: This creamy and satisfying soup features wild rice, an enticing blend of spices, and fresh vegetables such as carrots, onions, and mushrooms.

On the sweeter side of the spectrum, no trip to our state is complete without a taste of Mississippi Mud Pie. Named for how muddy local tributaries can become after a rainstorm, this indulgent dessert is constructed atop a chocolate cookie crumb base. Layers of flourless chocolate cake and pudding are then piled on top of the crust and adorned with chocolate or marshmallow sauce, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or other treats – depending on where you try a slice.

Authentic Southern Barbecue

When you’re looking at a menu of food and drink in Mississippi, someone is likely firing up the grill. Authentic Southern barbecue shines at countless eateries across the state, with items such as:

  • Pulled pork: This is nothing like the traditional pulled pork you cook at home. Here, you’ll find slow-cooked pulled pork that has been enhanced with gravy, butter, peppers, and even ranch dressing. Yum!
  • Ribs: Marinated and seasoned to perfection, local chefs love to smoke ribs over an open flame. The most common ribs dishes use baby back ribs or pork spare ribs.
  • BBQ chicken: Sweet, smoky, and spicy, BBQ chicken in Mississippi is not to be missed. Find it in sliders, sandwiches, or served with sides of mashed potatoes, cornbread, and collard greens.

If you’re not sure where to dig in first, try the impressive barbecue menu at Pig Out Inn Barbecue (Natchez), Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn (Hattiesburg), or Abe’s Barbecue (Clarksdale).

Mouthwatering Mississippi Seafood

With vast beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is one of the best places in the United States to enjoy fresh seafood. The raving reviews customers have given establishments such as Snapper’s Seafood in Biloxi and Bozo’s Seafood Market in Pascagoula attest to this.

Don’t know what to order? Consider these crowd-pleasing favorites:

  • Gulf shrimp and oysters: You can’t miss our Gulf shrimp and oysters sourced from warm, nutrient-rich habitats where they can thrive. Shrimp come in a variety of species, including pink, brown, and white, and the dishes they star in are just as diversified, from boiled to stuffed and fried. Oysters, meanwhile, are some of the biggest you’ll find anywhere, and they taste great with barbecue sauce for a true Southern twist.
  • Blue crab: Known for their sweet-tasting meat, Mississippi blue crabs often are paired with iceberg lettuce and Italian dressing. However, they also can be fried and sautéed, and some of the most indulgent blue crab dishes use savory garlic butter.
  • Po’boy: Though this entrée is thought to have been invented in Louisiana, many Mississippians will disagree. Local po’boy dishes feature homemade bread slices, delicious proteins such as crabmeat and shrimp, and toppings galore – especially cheese!

Find Memorable Bites with Visit Mississippi

From the Mississippi Delta to Gulf Coast, these are just a few of the unique dishes we encourage you to try while in our state. To learn more about one-of-a-kind Mississippi cuisine or to plan your next trip to Mississippi, contact us today.