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. 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!
- 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
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 soy sauce 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.
Top rice with green parts of green onions and serve with lime wedges and hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!
Flavor was good, and loved the combination of ingredients. But we found is very dry. It needed some sort of sauce.1 Helpful
Took more time than suggested. Don’t forget to prep rice if you didn’t have leftover. Andouille is pretty spicy for us. Consider using half of a milder one.0 Helpful
Forgot the sausage but it was still tasty! I added coleslaw mix instead of okra or green beans because I bought it for another recipe this week and had extra. I also only did one cup of brown rice and it still made a lot of food.0 Helpful
It was fine, but I'm not planning to eat the leftovers.0 Helpful
My wok was not large enough, so I will use my Dutch oven next time and add chicken stock, so it’s not quite as dry. I used Aidelles Cajun andouille sausage, which made the dish a little spicy but good.0 Helpful
It was ok not great0 Helpful
Loved this with the soyrizo! Spicy and didn’t need the soy sauce to add flavor.0 Helpful