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Cajun dirty rice with smoked sausage in a white bowl.
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Cajun Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage

This Cajun dirty rice dish is made with chopped veggies, cajun spices, and smoked sausage and is loaded with flavor! Serve this rice with chicken, fish, or shrimp to create the ultimate Cajun meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Ashley Boyd



  • Cook the rice in 2 cups of chicken stock until tender according to package instructions. Fluff the rice with a fork and set aside.
  • In a medium heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter with the olive oil. Add the smoked sausage to the skillet and cook until the sausage is browned, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook until the veggies begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about another minute.
  • Season the sausage and vegetables with garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Add a little bit of chicken stock to the skillet to deglaze the pan, scraping up any brown bits with the wooden spoon. Add the cooked rice to the skillet and stir to combine the rice with the veggies and sausage. Continue to cook while stirring for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add a little more chicken stock if needed so that the rice isn't dry.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the rice to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!


  • You can also use chicken broth or vegetable broth.
  • You may use pork, chicken, turkey, or plant-based smoked sausage.
  • Leftover dirty rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.8g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 4.5g | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg