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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 (23)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (4)

Most 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
1 Helpful

14 reviews

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.

By: Jane
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Original
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.

By: Delaney
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

It was fine, but I'm not planning to eat the leftovers.

By: Marissa
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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.

By: Leslie
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

It was ok not great

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved this with the soyrizo! Spicy and didn’t need the soy sauce to add flavor.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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