Loaded with smoked beef sausage and full of flavors, sausage dirty rice is one recipe that deserves your attention, and your taste buds will thank you for it.
This dish can be served as a side or main dish, and can be made all year long.
In fact, adding some cornbread and collard greens to the mix (on the side, of course) wouldn’t be a bad idea, and it is all you need to whip up a quick meal.
Now, we are following the suit because we are sharing details about this sausage dirty rice recipe!
What Is Sausage Dirty Rice?
This is a traditional dish from Louisiana Creole, and is made with long grain uncooked rice. The name comes from its color, which it achieves from the carious spices that it is cooked in.
Our recipe for dirty rice is cooked with smoked beef sausages, green bell peppers, onion, and celery.
It’s spiced with creole seasoning, herbs, and cayenne pepper. In addition, it’s garnished with chopped green onions as well as fresh parsley.
If you are roaming around in South America, you will find other variations being referred to as chicken and rice or Cajun rice, and believe us; you don’t want to miss out on savoring its delicious flavor.
Of course it should not come as a surprised that Haitian food also has a variation of this dish. I It is usually made with ground beef called diri ak vyann moulen.
Let’s start with the flavors and meaty undertones that will tantalize your mouth.
Sausage dirty rice can also be made from the leftovers, and will be ready within minutes. Also, the addition of smoked beef sausage will add a brown and crispy texture to the dish as well as added flavors.
When it comes down to dirty rice dish, every health-conscious person looks away, but it does not have to be the case.
This is because this dish is made with the right ingredients, it will only have 7g of saturated fats and the addition of beef sausage adds to the protein content.
However, the calorie count jumps above 100, but that doesn’t take away from the delicious flavor (all the exercise will be worth it).
For quick reference, listed below are the ingredient’s you’ll need to make this rice. The full recipe with the exact instructions are included in the recipe card below.
Rice – For this recipe we used Jasmine Rice.
12 oz Beef Smoked Sausage – We used the Hillshire Farm all beef smoked sausage.
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 minced garlic cloves
1 small onion
1 bell pepper
2 chopped celery stalks
4 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
2 bay leaves
2 chopped green onions
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 thyme sprigs
2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
½ teaspoon kosher salt
In a medium size pot, heat your oil. Add your sausage and cook it thouroughly. Add the onions and garlic as well as the cajun seasoning.
Combine all the ingredients then add the bell pepper, celery, and green onions. Continue to combine.
Add the rice and combine all the ingredients together. Make sure to stir in the rice so every grain can be infuse with the seasoning. Add in the bay leaves and cayenne pepper.
Lastly add in the water and stir all ingredients. Cover and let it cook on medium-low for 20 minutes.
Uncover and stir the rice well and cover again for another 5 minutes. Romove from heat, fluff the rice and make sure it is all cooked through and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
What does dirty rice taste like?
Dirty Rice is a dish that’s typically spicy. So the cayenne pepper added to this recipe can be modified to adhere to your taste.
Dirty rice is a well spiced rice dish that’s prepared with creole or Cajun seasoning, fresh herbs, and with the addition of cayenne pepper for some extra heat, if desired.
It is called “dirty” because of the brown to light brown color it gets from its seasonings and as well as the cooked meat (beef or chicken).
What’s the difference between jambalaya and dirty rice?
Jambalaya is often prepared with sausage, chicken, and or seafood, while dirty rice is prepared with bell peppers, celery, and onion. It can include meat from chicken to ground beef or sausages as we have seen in our recipe.
Dirty rice can easily be vegan by omitting the meat from the recipe. Simply follow the remaining steps while excluding the sausage to make it vegan
How To Store?
Once your dish has cooked and you have fully enjoyed it, store any leftover of the sausage dirty rice in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.
You can also freeze dirty rice for up to three months in a freezer-friendly container.
Honestly, this sausage dirty rice doesn’t need a side to accentuate its flavor because it’s incredibly delicious and filling on its own.
Still, if you want to lay out the full table, you can opt for corn on the cob and coleslaw. Also, the rice tastes amazing with blackened salmon and Cajun shrimp. Not to forget, pour yourself a glass of wine!
More Southern Dishes To Enjoy
If you enjoyed this southern rice dish, try one of these southern dishes next.
More Rice Dishes To Enjoy
After trying this sausage dirty rice recipe, we recommend trying one of these rice dishes next.
Caribbean Chicken and Rice Recipe
Instant Pot Haitian Rice And Beans
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Smoked Sausage Dirty Rice
- Medium Pot Or Dutch Oven
- 2 Cups Rice
- 2 ½ Cups Water
- 12 oz Beef Smoked Sausage
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 1 small onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 2 chopped celery stalks
- 4 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 chopped green onions
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- In a medium size pot, heat your oil. Add your sausage and cook it thouroughly. Add the onions and garlic as well as the cajun seasoning. Combine all the ingredients than add the bell pepper, celery, and green onions. Continue to combine.Add the rice and combine all the ingredients together. Make sure to stir in the rice so every grain can be infuse with the seasoning. Add in the bay leaves and cayenne pepper.
- Lastly add in the water and stir all ingredients. Cover and let it cook on medium-low for 20 minutes. Uncover and stir the rice well and cover again for another 5 minutes. Romove from heat, fluff the rice and make sure it is all cooked through and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
I made this dish using Lap Cheong, which is a Chinese sausage, as well as some pepperoni. I love spicy food so I wasn’t shy with seasoning. The addition of Sazon was appreciated as well. i made half the recipe since I’ll be eating this all by myself, but I don’t think I’ll be tired of it anytime soon. Delicious. I paired it with a bit of garlic naan. Bliss in a dish!
Thank you very much, Marjorie. Glad you liked it.
This was fantastic! Great flavor..and nice easy weeknight dinner too. Both loved it!
I couldn’t find beef smoked sausage so I used pork and of course it was delish! Super easy, too!!!! Everyone loved it!
Thank you, Casey.
Love all the flavor in this dirty rice. It looks and sounds fantastic!
Thank you, Andrea!
The whole family loved this so much! Definitely making it again.
This was so easy to make and the sausage was such a great addition. I loved this as a side dish and will be making this again soon!