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Dirty Rice {From a New Orleans Local}

A classic Cajun Dirty Rice recipe from a New Orleans Local. This authentic dirty rice dressing is a real Louisiana staple served as a main dish or side dish appetizer in New Orleans. A seasoned Cajun rice recipe made with traditional ingredients that features a trinity of vegetables, herbs and spices, rice, and andouille sausage.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, cajun, Southern
Keyword cajun rice, dirty rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 434kcal


  • 1 lb andouille sausage, finely diced see notes for alternatives
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • ½ tbsp Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt more to taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce or ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • cups water
  • 2 cups white rice rinsed well
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced


  • Melt 1 tbsp butter in stockpot. Saute onions, green pepper, celery, and garlic until translucent in color and fragrant; about 7 minutes.
  • Finely dice andouille sausage. Saute in stock pot over medium-high heat until deeply golden brown in color.
  • Stir in sauteed vegetables, bay leaves, Tony Chachere's seasoning, pepper, salt, pepper sauce, paprika, and dried parsley flakes. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Turn heat to high and bring stock and water to boil.
  • Rinse rice well under cold water until water runs clear to remove extra starches.
  • Stir in rice. Cover with lid. Reduce heat to a slow simmer.
  • Cook for 25-35 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. TIP: If rice is not done but liquid is gone, add ¼ cup of water at a time and continue to cook covered until done.
  • Serve with diced green onions and hot sauce.


ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE: Andouille sausage is seasoned and heavily smoked sausage. It is often called Cajun sausage. A good substitute for Andouille sausage is Kielbasa sausage. I do not recommend breakfast sausage for jambalaya.
HOW TO RINSE RICE: Pour rice into a fine mesh strainer or kitchen tea towel. Rinse under cold water until rice runs clear.
PEPPER SAUCE: Pepper sauce can be found near hot sauce. Pepper sauce is hot peppers in vinegar. It is not the same as hot sauce. Use red pepper flakes in place of pepper sauce if needed.
OTHER CLASSIC MEATS: Chicken livers, ground beef, ground pork, chicken.


Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg