Cajun Dirty Rice

Cajun Dirty Rice Recipe

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Marti Baxter


The basis for this recipe was from an old "Justin Wilson" cooking show - I've 'tweaked' it over the years into a recipe that never fails - is good and spicy and easy to make.
The original recipe called for ground beef and ground chicken gizzards. I prefer the 'lighter' meat taste using the sausage provides, and I was able to cut down the amount of 'hot' spices I used. This is my family and friends favorite version.


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6 - 8
30 Min
55 Min


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1 lb
lean, hot/spicy breakfast sausage (tennessee pride or old folks)
1 c
diced onion
1 c
diced celery
1/2 c
diced green pepper, or a combination of red, yellow and green sweet pepper
4 clove
garlic, minced or put thru garlic press
2 Tbsp
butter or margarine
1 can(s)
chicken broth (15 oz)
5 c
cooked rice


bay leaves, dried
1 tsp
cajun or creole seasoning
1 1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
1 1/4 tsp
paprika, sweet mild
1 tsp
ground mustard
1 tsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp
dried oregano leaves
2 tsp
dried parsley

How to Make Cajun Dirty Rice


  • 1Combine the seasonings (except for Bay Leaves) in a small bowl and set aside.
  • 2Crumble and fry the sausage in the bottom of a Dutch oven (preferably non-stick type). When sausage has browned, drain off most of the grease. If you are using a very lean product, you may even need to add a small amount of vegetable oil to help it fry.
  • 3Add chopped vegetables and garlic, simmer over low heat until celery is tender. Stir in the seasoning mix (except for the Bay Leaves). Add the 2 Tbsp. butter for flavor. Add the chicken broth and stir until any mixture sticking to pan bottom comes loose.
  • 4Add the cooked (or leftover) rice and stir thoroughly. Add Bay Leaves, cover pan, and turn heat to very low. Cook 15 minutes, stir once in a while to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Remove Bay Leaves and discard when cooking is complete.
  • 5Serve as a side dish with meat and salad - or just with a salad, or it's great even by itself.

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Course/Dish: Rice Sides

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