Cajun rice or “dirty rice” is a traditional Cajun rice pilaf and a beloved Louisiana classic. This Cajun Dirty Rice is my spin on traditional Cajun rice and it’s turbo charged with flavor. Serve it as a kicked-up side any day of the week with a generous drizzle of hot sauce on the side.
Traditional Dirty Rice
What Goes Well With Dirty Rice?
I love serving Cajun Dirty Rice with chicken either barbecued or grilled, chicken tenders, or pork tenderloin rubbed with a sweet bourbon seasoning. It’s hearty enough to serve as a main dish if you’re so inclined, and guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of those you’re feeding. See also Creole Andouille Rice Brunch Bake, Teriyaki Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms and Peas, Italian Rice Pilaf, Kielbasa and Shrimp Rice Casserole, One Skillet Beef Meatballs and Rice with Peas.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Cajun Dirty Rice
- 1 lb bulk breakfast sausage [*see cook's note]
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 small green bell pepper diced
- 1 small red bell pepper diced
- 1 medium sweet onion diced
- 1 rib celery diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- salt & black pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups long grain rice [such as Uncle Ben's Converted Rice]
- 5 cups low sodium chicken stock or water
- 2 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning adjust to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley or cilantro
- In a large stove top saucepan, over medium-high heat, sauté the sausage until no pink remains. Drain excess fat reserving 3 Tbsp in the pan.
- Deglaze the pan with Worcestershire sauce scraping any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the diced veggies and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes until the veggies begin to soften and brown.
- Add the rice. Stir the rice and cook for 1-2 minutes until it begins to brown.
- Add the chicken stock, creole seasoning and bay leaves. Lower the temperature and simmer over medium-low heat covered for 25 minutes.
- Cook until the rice is fully tender and the broth has been absorbed.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Keep covered until serving.