Mirliton Dressing Recipe

Mirliton dressing is very popular in New Orleans around the holidays. Check out this easy, but delicious recipe from Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant that will have your family asking for more.


What You Need

  • 4 Large mirlitons
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 stick margarine
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sweet basil
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb. white crabmeat, picked for shells
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp. sweet butter

How It’s Done

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large stockpot, boil mirlitons in water until fork tender. Cut them in half, peel, remove the large seed, and coarsely chop the flesh. In a large nonstick pan, saute mirlitons and shrimp in margarine for about 3 minutes. Add dry seasonings and cook for about 3 more minutes; remove from heat. Add crabmeat and 1/2 cup bread crumbs – mix well. Place mirliton dressing a 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle remaining breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on top – dot with butter. Bake for 40-45 minutes. This dressing is delicious as a main course or side dish.

Variation: You can use crawfish tails in place of the shrimp – add them when you add the crabmeat since they are pre-cooked.