25 Soul Food Ideas For Sunday Dinner

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Sunday dinners hold a special place in American culinary tradition, especially when it comes to soul food. These hearty and flavorful meals bring families together, creating a sense of warmth and connection.

In this article, we’ll explore 30 soul food ideas that will not only tantalize your taste buds but also add a touch of tradition to your Sunday dinner spread.

List Of Soul Food Ideas

  1. Fried Chicken
  2. Collard Greens
  3. Macaroni & Cheese
  4. Cornbread
  5. Gumbo
  6. Red Beans and Rice
  7. Fried Catfish
  8. Biscuits and Gravy
  9. Sweet Potato Pie
  10. Shrimp and Grits
  11. Fried Okra
  12. Peach Cobbler
  13. Hoppin’ John
  14. Chicken And Waffles 
  15. Potato Salad
  16. Fried Green Tomatoes
  17. Jambalaya
  18. Black-eyed Peas
  19. Banana Pudding
  20. Barbecue Ribs
  21. Corn Pudding
  22. Smothered Pork Chops
  23. Bread Pudding:
  24. Southern-style Green Beans
  25. Chicken and Dumplings

Briefs On The Soul Food Items

Fried Chicken: The Forever Classic

The list of soul food items would be incomplete without the inclusion of the forever classic- Fried Chicken. The perfectly seasoned  flour or batter and chicken fried to golden perfection through pan-frying, deep frying, pressure frying, or air frying. The coating adds a crispy texture to the body of the chicken while retaining juices on the inside. This dish is a staple on Sunday dinner tables across America.

Collard Greens

A perfectly healthy Sunday soul food recipe to try is Collard Greens. A slow-cooked collard greens perfectly seasoned with smoked ham hocks or turkey add the right amount of  nutrition and flavor on the table for your Sunday feast.

Macaroni and Cheese

The all time comfort food for any American on a Sunday would be Mac & Cheese. Add in the creamy and comforting homemade macaroni and cheese, baked to perfection with a golden crust on top. The perfect holiday food and also an amazing option for a comforting family dinner.


Cornbread is a staple in the Southern United States, with origins in Native American cuisine. The slightly moist and crumbly texture of the cornbread is a perfect addition to any soul food meal. To enhance the flavor, add a touch of honey and taste the burst of flavor.


The rich flavors of a roux base, the sweet and slippery texture of okra, and the root beer essences of sassafras leaves makes Gumbo the perfect soul food item to treat taste buds with rich flavors. The chosen meats add additional flavor, with spicy andouille sausage that is a very  popular and dominating addition. Gumbo is rich, flavorful and a delight to eat, filled with a choice of different meat, seafood, and aromatic spices.

Red Beans and Rice

There is no better nourishing pair other than red beans and rice. This classic combination of red beans and rice, cooked with sausage and spices, is a very simple,satisfying and tummy filling dish. It is one of the easier soul dishes to make which is high in protein and is also tasty.

Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish is the Southern United States bliss when it comes to seafood. For a taste of the South, indulge in crispy fried catfish, seasoned to perfection and served with a side of tangy tartar sauce.

Biscuits and Gravy

Breaking all the traditional dishes, biscuits and gravy is a hearty breakfast and dinner option. The dish is smothered in a rich and savory sausage gravy.

Sweet Potato Pie

The Sunday dinner would be incomplete with the soulful dessert – sweet potato pie. The dish typically has a lighter filling, prickly texture and tastes sweet.

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits is the traditional dish of the coastal Carolinas and Georgia in the United States, which is considered a staple by many for lunch and dinner. It’s a dish that combines fresh shrimp with creamy, cheesy grits.

Fried Okra

Fried okra is a very popular  cuisine of the Southern United States, particularly soul food. It is made by coating sliced okra in seasoned corn starch and then frying it. It is crunchy, tastes amazing and is a perfect addition to your Sunday Menu.

Peach Cobbler

Famously known as “Southern Comfort in a Pan”, peach cobbler is a sweet dish. Savor the sweetness of ripe peaches in a warm and comforting cobbler, topped with a flaky crust.

Hoppin’ John

The dish that is also known to bring “Good Luck” is the Hoppin’ John. It celebrates the flavors of the South. This dish is prepared using black-eyed peas, rice, and smoked ham hocks.

Chicken and Waffles

With chicken and waffles, it’s like you get the best of both worlds. One side you get to enjoy the crispy fried chicken and the fluffy waffles on the other side. You drizzle some maple syrup on top of the stack and dig in.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of the best options for people who want to have something creamy and delicious. The dish has a very creamy dressing and a hint of citrus, is a versatile side dish that compliments any soul food spread.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Another special dish from the South is the fried green tomatoes. Turn unripe green tomatoes into a deliciously crispy treat with this Southern classic.


Jambalaya is a ‘Flavorful One-Pot Wonder’. With jambalaya you can experience the rich flavors of Creole cuisine, filled with a combination of meats, vegetables, and aromatic spices to enhance the taste

Black-eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas have a very mild, earthy flavor and a slightly firm texture. They are most commonly cooked to perfection with bacon or ham. It’s a dish that symbolizes good luck and prosperity.

Banana Pudding

While eating banana pudding, there is just something about the dish that hits all the right spots and gives a very sweet nostalgic feeling.Layered with vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and creamy vanilla pudding, banana pudding is a timeless dessert that never fails to amaze us.

Barbecue Ribs

The best way to describe barbecue ribs is ‘Smoky and Divine’. Relish the taste of slow-cooked barbecue ribs, coated in a smoky and tangy barbecue sauce.

Corn Pudding

Transforming fresh corn into a delicious pudding, sweetened to perfection and baked until golden brown. An easy soul food dish for a perfect Sunday.

Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops is a hearty main course. The flavor is mild compared to that of pork steak cuts which also means less fat and less calories. Pair the pork chops with a rich gravy to create a hearty and satisfying main course for your Sunday dinner.

Bread Pudding

Use the leftover day-old bread to create a warm and comforting bread pudding. Top it up by drizzling honey, sugar and cinnamon syrup or maple syrup. You can also just add vanilla ice cream and enjoy the dessert.

 Southern-style Green Beans

It is one of those dishes that you can never go wrong with. Southern-style green beans is a dish that screams ‘ Simplicity At Its Best’. Mostly cooked with bacon or ham, the dish brings a simple yet flavorful side dish to your Sunday table.

 Chicken Soup and Dumplings

No better way to wrap up your soulful Sunday dinner other than a bowl of chicken soup and dumplings, a dish that completely warms the heart and satisfies the soul.


Sunday dinners are a time-honored tradition that brings families together over a dinner table filled with love and flavor. Embrace the richness of soul food, and let these dishes become a part of your memory and your family’s culinary legacy.

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