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Cajun Fried Rice
with poblanos

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

Leftover rice from last night's gumbo provides the perfect base for our Cajun take on fried rice. We have a slightly different take on New Orleans holy trifecta with poblanos instead of traditional bells. Combined with some spiced up ground turkey or beans, you have an easy one-pot dish to end the week with!



Sausage Fried Rice:
  • Ground turkey - 1 lb
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced or crushed
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, white and green parts separated
  • Celery - 3 stalks, diced
  • Poblanos - 2 , diced ((Poblanos are a dark green pepper and are more narrow and long compared to green peppers. Substitute green peppers if you can't find them.))
  • Roma tomatoes - 4, diced
  • Leftover rice - 2 1/2 cups
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
  • Limes - 1/2, juice of
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Ground turkey - Season with cajun seasoning, paprika, and salt.
  2. Garlic / Green onions / Celery / Poblanos / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead).
  3. Rice - Mix leftover rice with first part of cooking oil.


  1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add second part of cooking oil and then garlic. Once you can smell the garlic, add in white parts of green onions, celery, and poblanos with a dash of salt. Saute for 3 minutes.
  2. Mix in ground turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Saute until cooked through and browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add in rice and chopped tomatoes. Toss until everything is warmed through and remove from heat.
  3. Squeeze in lime juice and then season to taste with more salt, pepper, cajun spice, or paprika (and of course a few shakes of hot sauce too if you like). Serve garnished with green parts of green onions.

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This meal has 20 reviews

Pulled this from the archive because it sounded really good. Ended up being kind of bland. The 4-serving recipe also makes a huge amount of food. Easily 5 servings.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Feb 27, 2018
Diet: Original

Very good! A meal you can serve all in one bowl is always the top of my list. This is a great recipe for a quick dinner, or spin off many variations.

By: Cory
Posted: Apr 09, 2015
Diet: Original

This was really great. Nice flavors, but not too spicy, The pablanos were what really made this dish. Very easy as well.

By: Kelsey
Posted: Jan 12, 2015
Diet: Original

Could have used a bit more pop of flavor, but great base recipe.

By: Bailey
Posted: Oct 31, 2014
Diet: Original

I absolutely loved this. The flavors were fantastic and I loved having leftovers. The next day, I added a little shredded cheese and used it as filling for burritos.

By: Aishah
Posted: Sep 05, 2014
Diet: Original

Loved this! Used half the rice and couldn't find pablanos so had to use green peppers. Delicious one pot meal that came together so quickly (I chopped at nap time). Took others suggestions about adding extra Cajun seasoning at the end, was a hit with hungry husband too.

By: Carson
Posted: May 14, 2014
Diet: Original