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Cajun-Style Fried Dirty Rice
with andouille sausage / kidney beans

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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. We last featured this recipe in 2020.
Smarts: Want a little more protein? We love this dish and / or the leftovers with a fried egg on top!

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Ingredients

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4
Cajun-Style Fried Dirty Rice:
  • 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
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Cooked rice (leftover from Monday) - 2 cups
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving

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Prep

  1. 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)

  2. Okra - If using fresh okra, chop. If using frozen okra, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  3. Green onions / Limes - Prep as directed.

  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. 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.

  2. Add onions, white parts of green onions, celery, and bell peppers and saute until tender, ~5 minutes more.

  3. Add okra and beans and saute to heat through, ~3 minutes.

  4. Stir in Cajun seasoning, sage, and soy sauce and cook for 1 minute to coat sausage and vegetables.

  5. Add rice and cook, tossing everything to combine well, for 2 to 3 minutes more.

  6. Top rice with green parts of green onions and serve with lime wedges and hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (13)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (1)

Most Helpful

Loved it. Easy to make on a weeknight and flavorful. Used red bell pepper as had one that needed used. Didn’t remember to order Cajun spice so tossed in a pinch of each of the spices that are in a typical Cajun spice and it worked great. Put in a bit of frozen corn to give it a more colorful pop. Will add more soy sauce next time. Will make it again.

By: Jayna
Posted: Jan 18, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

7 reviews

So easy to make and loved the flavor!

By: Paige
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Spicy! Might add tomatoes next time

By: Trina
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Not the healthiest, but still a great dish.

By: Zharel
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Flavor was good, and loved the combination of ingredients. But we found is very dry. It needed some sort of sauce.

By: Seren
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Loved it. Easy to make on a weeknight and flavorful. Used red bell pepper as had one that needed used. Didn’t remember to order Cajun spice so tossed in a pinch of each of the spices that are in a typical Cajun spice and it worked great. Put in a bit of frozen corn to give it a more colorful pop. Will add more soy sauce next time. Will make it again.

By: Jayna
Posted: Jan 18, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

I didn't have okra, but had frozen peas so used those instead. The andoullie sausage I found was the chicken links which made things easier. Love the lime for extra flavor and I also added a bit more soy sauce. It was spicier than my toddlers prefer, but it was an optional dish next to Mac and cheese so they didn't care. Love all the veggies and the rice vs quinoa.

By: Lenore
Posted: Jan 18, 2022
Diet: Original
3 Helpful