Cajun-Style Fried Dirty Rice
with andouille sausage / kidney beans
Our weeknight-friendly twist on Cajun 'Dirty' Rice is made the same way we would make any fried rice. Saute meat and aromatics and then add rice, vegetables, and (in this version) a good dose of Cajun seasoning. The tall sides of a wok promote even cooking, but a skillet works great here as well.
Smarts: Want a little more protein? We love this dish and / or the leftovers with a fried egg on top!
- Onions, medium - 1, chopped
- Celery - 3 stalks, chopped
- Bell peppers, green - 1, chopped
- Sausage, andouille - 12 oz, chopped (sub any type of pre-cooked or smoked sausage)
- Okra, fresh or frozen - 10 oz, chopped (sub chopped green beans)
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, white and green parts separate
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Beans, kidney (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Cajun seasoning - 2 tsp
- Sage, dried (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Tamari - 1 Tbsp
- Cooked rice (leftover from Monday) - 2 cups
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
- Onions / Celery / Bell peppers / Sausage - Prep as directed. Combine onions, celery, and bell peppers. Store sausage separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Okra - If using fresh okra, chop. If using frozen okra, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Green onions / Limes - Prep as directed.
- Beans - Drain and rinse.
- Heat a large skillet or wok with oil over medium heat. Add sausage and saute until sausage is well browned and heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. If sausage released a lot of oil, drain off any excess before continuing.
- Add onions, white parts of green onions, celery, and bell peppers and saute until tender, ~5 minutes more.
- Add okra and beans and saute to heat through, ~3 minutes.
- Stir in Cajun seasoning, sage, and Tamari and cook for 1 minute to coat sausage and vegetables.
- Add rice and cook, tossing everything to combine well, for 2 to 3 minutes more.
- Serve rice with green parts of green onions on top, lime wedges, and hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!
Quick and easy! Like a super fast jambalaya. It made a LOT of food. We easily got six servings instead of four.1 Helpful
Pretty good weeknight meal.0 Helpful
Solid, comfort food0 Helpful
Really good and easy0 Helpful
Ok - too spicy for the kids0 Helpful
We loved this one. I added more seasonings and soy sauce.0 Helpful
This was a lot of stove top time for the summer in FL. It was just okay for us - husband didn't love it.0 Helpful