Cajun Red Beans and Rice One-Skillet Dinner

Cajun Red Beans and Rice is a one-skillet dinner full of robust flavor that your entire family will fall in love with. Inspired by flavors of the classic Louisiana dish, this recipes makes the dish even easier by cooking everything in one skillet.

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Cajun Red Beans and Rice is a one-skillet dinner full of robust flavor that your entire family will fall in love with. Inspired by flavors of the classic Louisiana dish, this recipes makes the dish even easier by cooking everything in one skillet.

After trying multiple versions of this recipe, I can definitively say that the key to creating the best dish is all in the seasoning. Fresh spices have the most flavor and that’s exactly what we’re hoping to accomplish with this meal. Add in that everything is cooked in one skillet and you have an amazing meal that will satisfy everyone.

The most popular question I’ve been asked about this recipe is “How much Cajun seasoning should you use?”. For me, this is a personal preference. I like food with a little more heat than my husband and kids do, so for us, I use a little less. They appreciate not having their tongues burned off. However, if I’m making this for someone else and they love spicy foods, then I may add a little extra. That’s the wonderful thing about recipes. You can adjust them to fit your personal taste.

Cajun Red Beans and Rice is a one-skillet dinner full of robust flavor that your entire family will fall in love with. Inspired by flavors of the classic Louisiana dish, this recipes makes the dish even easier by cooking everything in one skillet.

Ingredients to Make Cajun Red Beans and Rice:

  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Ground white pepper
  • Fine sea salt
  • Cajun Andouille sausage links
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White onion
  • Celery
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Basmati rice
  • Chicken broth
  • Red kidney beans
  • Fresh parsley

How to Make Cajun Red Beans and Rice:

Prepare the Cajun seasoning by combining all ingredients together in a bowl. Stir to combine and transfer to an airtight container. Set aside.

Add Andouille sausage to a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned on each side, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer browned sausage to a plate and set aside.

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and increase to medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and red pepper. Sprinkle with one tablespoon Cajun seasoning and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables soften and develop some color, approximately 5-6 minutes.

Add remaining olive oil and the rice to the skillet. Toast the rice for 1-2 minutes, while stirring continually. Add the chicken broth and deglaze the skillet by lightly scraping the bottom with a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits.

Bring the liquid to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid and add the browned Andouille sausage, kidney beans, and additional Cajun seasoning, if desired. Stir to combine and cover for 5-10 minutes.

Remove the lid and add the fresh parsley. Fluff the rice with a fork while stirring the parsley into the mixture. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Yield: 6 Servings

Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

Cajun Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt

Skillet Ingredients:

  • 3 - 3 oz. Cajun Andouille sausage links, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 cup basmati rice*
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

    Prepare the Cajun seasoning by combining all ingredients together in a bowl. Stir to combine and transfer to an airtight container. Set aside.

    Add Andouille sausage to a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned on each side, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer browned sausage to a plate and set aside.

    Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and increase to medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and red pepper. Sprinkle with one tablespoon Cajun seasoning and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables soften and develop some color, approximately 5-6 minutes.

    Add remaining olive oil and the rice to the skillet. Toast the rice for 1-2 minutes, while stirring continually. Add the chicken broth and deglaze the skillet by lightly scraping the bottom with a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits.

    Bring the liquid to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid and add the browned Andouille sausage, kidney beans, and additional Cajun seasoning, if desired. Stir to combine and cover for 5-10 minutes.

    Remove the lid and add the fresh parsley. Fluff the rice with a fork while stirring the parsley into the mixture. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

*Recipe developed and tested with basmati rice. Cook time will vary if using different types of rice. Check package instructions and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 2804mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 11gSugar: 10gProtein: 20g

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