Italian Sausage Dirty Rice

Italian Sausage Dirty Rice Recipe by Momma Cuisine

Dirty Rice is a southern dish, most particularly popular and coming from Cajun and Creole country. My version of dirty rice uses Italian sausage, out of it's casing, instead of chopped liver and ground pork. Other southern style rice dishes include Jambalaya and Red Beans & Rice, which have similar cooking methods to Dirty Rice. This is an Italian sausage recipe that I love!

"Dirty" in the rice, like many of you may have already assumed comes from it's deep earthy color, that the rice gets from sauteing chopped liver and ground pork. Certainly, the traditional ingredients make for the best Dirty Rice recipe, but for those who may be scared of chopped liver, this version of Italian Sausage Dirty Rice may be perfect for you.

Rice recipes are usually affordable, with the exception of Paella that uses the expensive ingredient, Saffron. On it's own, rice can lack in flavor, fun or pizzaz, but when mixed with other ingredients, it can become the stand out on your dinner table! For fried rice, try using an air fryer. The best air fryers are perfect to make your fried rice dish healthier. 

This recipe is better with day old white rice. If you don’t have day old rice, make sure to cool your rice on a cookie sheet, uncovered so that it won’t be starchy.       

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  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion – diced
  • 1/2 medium Green Bell Pepper – diced
  • 1 rib Celery – diced
  • 2 cloves of Fresh Garlic – minced
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of Seasoned Salt
  • 1 lb of Mild or Hot Italian Sausage – out of the casing
  • 2.5 cups of cooked Long Grain Rice
  • 2 tablespoons of Chicken Stock or Water

Heat a large non-stick saute pan to medium heat with olive oil.

Brown the sausage, breaking the pieces apart with your wooden spoon. After browning, set the sausage aside.

In the same pan, saute the onions, garlic, green bell peppers and celery until tender. Add the seasoned salt and Cajun Spice mix and saute for about 2 minutes.

Add the cooked white rice and toss together. Pour in the water and scrape the bottom of the pan of the brown bits.

Toss together until the rice is hot and serve.

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Ginger Mahler
Jun 22, 2017 at 11:50:47
Dirty rice with sausage
Dec 16, 2017 at 20:27:59
This was very good! We did find it too salty for our taste but I think decreasing the season salt next time will do the trick.
Feb 21, 2018 at 00:03:13
Adding the seasoning salt made it to salty. And I used all unsalted ingredients even the Cajun seasoning was salt free..
Connor Fugere
Mar 20, 2018 at 00:39:16
Why are there only woman on this website?
Connor Fugere
Mar 20, 2018 at 04:11:11
oh and I would double the broth ad peeper and a quarter cube butter for more flavor it adds an amazing taste to an already good recipe. PS,( the celery is not necessary) if you want more spice you might add some more Cajun seasoning but you need to be careful.
Feb 8, 2019 at 01:06:24
This recipe was delicious! A friend gave me leftover hit Italian sausage links (about a pound) and we were looking for something to make with them. We found this and it was perfect. We always have day old rice around here and many vegetables. It was easy and absolutely delicious! Our of course was likely spicier than most of you are making since we did use the hot sausage, but to us, we all liked it so much that we now have another recipe on our list of regulars. So. Good.