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



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 (sub jerk seasoning)
  • Sage, dried (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Cooked rice (leftover from Monday) - 2 cups
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving


  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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  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. Serve rice with green parts of green onions on top, lime wedges, and hot sauce. Enjoy!



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