Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls for #SundaySupper

Whether it’s Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday…or a run of the mill weeknight, this easy Cajun dirty rice recipe is sure to start a party. It’s a hearty side or a one-dish meal.

Easy Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls

Here’s how the conversation went as I was working on this recipe:

Me: Girls, I’m making Cajun Dirty Rice for Fat Tuesday.

Girls: What’s Fat Tuesday?

Me: It’s a celebration on the day before Lent starts where everyone eats lots of tasty things like Kings Cake, beignets and other sweets.

Girls: We should have LOTS of cake!!! And so…we will be having a few goodies along with this Louisiana specialty. Luckily, the Sunday Supper group is sharing an array of delicious recipes today to round out our Mardi Gras celebration!

Easy Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls

Cajun Dirty Rice Made Easy

Classic Cajun dirty rice includes such things as chicken livers and ground pork. The Dinner-Mom version uses fully cooked sausage that has been chopped in a food processor. It makes this dish sooo easy. I’m partial to chicken sausage. Of course, andouille sausage would be perfect.

While the rice is cooking, saute the vegetables, stir in the sausage and season everything with Cajun spices. Add the cooked rice to the pan, sprinkle with green onions and, to quote my favorite Louisiana chef, BAM! You’re done!

Add some red beans if you like. And, by the way…it tastes even better the second day. So, make lots. 🙂

Easy Cajun Dirty Rice

Easy Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls
Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls for #SundaySupper
Whether it's Mardi Gras or a run of the mill weeknight, this easy Cajun dirty rice recipe is sure to start a party. It's a hearty side or a one-dish meal.
Servings: 6 side servings or 4 main dishes
  • 1 cup of long grain rice such as jasmine or basmati
  • 1 1/2 cups broth low sodium chicken or vegetable
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter margarine or substitute
  • 1 onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red pepper diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice mix or try this homemade spice blend
  • 9 ounces cooked sausage such as chicken sausage or andouille sausage
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bunch green onion sliced
  1. Cook rice according to instructions using broth instead of water. Rice should be light and fluffy and all the broth should be absorbed when finished.
  2. Finely cut and mash sausage until it is a crumbly consistency. Chop in a food processor if desired. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pan.
  4. Add onion, celery, pepper and garlic to pan and saute until soft, about 5 minutes
  5. Add sausage to pan and mix to combine.
  6. When rice is finished cooking add it to the pan with the sausage and vegetables and mix to combine.
  7. Stir in Cajun spice and fresh thyme.
  8. Top with green onions.
Recipe Notes
Add a can of red beans for a protein boost and to make this a hearty main meal.

Be sure to check out the other Mardi Gras inspired recipes by the Sunday Supper contributors! A big thank you to Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this fun event.

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Easy Cajun Dirty Rice Bowl Recipe





  1. LOL my girls would have said the same thing… they have such a sweet tooth! 🙂
    I love your recipe for Dirty Rice bowls!

  2. My family would vote for all desserts on Fat Tuesday, too!!! But your dirty rice bowls look like a delicious way to start the meal…and still have room for dessert!

  3. I love experimenting with homemade rice pilaf’s! I’m adding this one to my list, this could easily be dinner in one dish!

  4. Mmmm, I love dirty rice!

  5. We love Rice Bowls and this one looks soooo good!!

  6. Yum, yum, yum, man does that look good!! For some reason my cereal just isn’t cutting it right now!!

  7. What a great dinner for any night!

  8. Yum! This would be a great weeknight meal. Satisfying and a little spicy, just the way I like it!

  9. What a perfect dish! I love how healthy it is and ohhhh, I would so put this on a taco and eat it!!

  10. I love dirty rice but I have a confession to make. Me the queen of never cooking something from a box has never made dirty rice from scratch, I use to always buy that box mix. Admittedly it has been at least 8 years since I had it, I think I need to introduce my family to it.

  11. I loooove dirty rice! I would pile a big ol’ bowl high and settle in – looks amazing Marjory.

  12. I’ve had a few different versions of dirty rice before, it’s always delicious!

    Hope your girls enjoy…and you indulge in lots of cake and goodies too!

  13. sounds delicious. looks like something I need to try! 🙂

  14. I love the “we should have lots of cake!” sounds like my house! Enjoy your goodies!

  15. I love dirty rice but never knew how to make it. Can’t wait to give this delicious looking dish a try!!

  16. Love dirty rice. I’ve never made it homemade from scratch before though.

  17. What a beautiful bowl of deliciousness, Marjory! I love that you used chopped sausage because it has so much flavor.

    In Louisiana, the grocery stores make this easy for you because you can actually buy a packet in the meat section called rice dressing mix and all you have to do is cook it and add your rice and spices.

    • Thanks Stacy! It’s always so interesting to learn what grocery stores in other areas stock. A rice dressing mix certainly would make things easy!

  18. Mmmmm! I love a rice bowl…and these sound perfect for dinner OR lunch. Or a snack…lol…

  19. Cajun Dirty Rice is one of my favorite side dishes. I love this recipe!!!

  20. Too fun! I served dirty rice a few months ago and small one said that she couldn’t eat it because it was dirty.

    Gorgeous recipe!

  21. I love dishes that improve on the 2nd day — yea for this one!

  22. Oh I love, love, love dirty rice! Seriously one of my favorite Cajun dishes.

  23. I never knew what “dirty rice” was until now! It’s pretty much like Cajun version of fried rice!! LOVE it!

  24. This sounds so easy! We love dirty rice!

  25. This dish does look really tasty and perfect for Fat Tuesday! I think I may have all the ingredients on hand to give it a try soon…

  26. This looks so delicious and flavourful! I’ve pinned so that I can make this asap.

  27. I’m up for this kind of rice dish anytime!

  28. Okay seriously, forget the bowl, I need a trough to eat enough of this to make me happy. This looks absolutely delicious. Love, love, love.

  29. I forgot how good dirty rice was!

  30. Oh I just love dirty rice. I haven’t made it in years! Thanks so much for the reminder of this great dish. Pinning!!

  31. Using sausage instead of chicken livers is brilliant! I think it why my husband has never cared for dirty rice. I’ll have to make this recipe for him and see if it will change his view on it.

  32. Yummmmmm…….. This looks delish. I have to say that I would lean toward cake, too. 😉

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