Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 14 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

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

Active: 30 Total: 30

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!

Dependency
Tags
Proteins
Cuisines

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
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

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

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.

Unlock this meal along with hundreds of smart meal plans and never stress about "What's for dinner?" again

Try for free
Learn More

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!

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

Ratings

Original (65)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (12)

Most Helpful

I made this pretty much to stock + a extra spoon full of soy sauce. I thought the original dinner had nice flavors but it was a little dry. For the leftovers I add a dollop of sour cream after reheating and that did the job nicely. The extra creaminess elevated the entire meal. 4 star for the original but 5 for the sour cream mod.

By: Hunter
Posted: Jan 23, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

40 reviews

Came together really easily, a bit overwhelming for me on the spice, so depending on how hot the sausage being used is, I would go with half the Cajun seasonings

By: Rosemary
Posted: Feb 25, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Good flavor and makes a lot.

By: Nancy
Posted: Feb 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Adding an egg on top was the perfect finishing touch!

By: Rachel
Posted: Feb 11, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Kids loved!

By: Ashley
Posted: Feb 08, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was tasty and came together quickly, and reheated well for lunches.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jan 29, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very good. I used Jamaican blackening seasoning and swapped zucchini for okra.

By: joan
Posted: Jan 27, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful