Golden Cauliflower Dal w/ Red Lentils, Coconut and Spinach

Golden Cauliflower Dal with Spinach, Red Lentils and Coconut, a gently spiced Indian stew that is warming and comforting.  Ring out the old, ring in the new,  Ring, happy bells, across the snow:  The year is going, let him go;  Ring out the false, rin…

Cauliflower Dal with Coconut and Spinach made with split red lentils and fragrant Indian spices. A healthy comforting, plant-based dinner recipe. Vegan-adaptable. #dal #cauliflower #dalrecipe #lentils

Golden Cauliflower Dal with Spinach, Red Lentils and Coconut, a gently spiced Indian stew that is warming and comforting.  Ring out the old, ring in the new,  Ring, happy bells, across the snow:  The year is going, let him go;  Ring out the false, ring in the true. ~ Tennyson A whole head of cauliflower...

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Moroccan Chicken Lentil Soup with Saffron and Preserved Lemon

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Moroccan Chicken Lentil Soup withPreserved lemon, spinach and Saffron Broth

      A richly spiced Moroccan-inspired soup, full of flavor, nutrients and soul-warming color.  Saffron, dried apricots and preserved lemon give this Chicken Lentil Soup depth.  It is easy to throw together, making it perfect for any day of the week! It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes...

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Lemony Broccoli Chicken Orzo Bake

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This healthy, easy, Broccoli Chicken Orzo Bake is made in one pot or skillet and baked! It’s comforting, loaded with broccoli and super simple to make! #broccolichicken #casserole #orzobake #orzochicken

This Lemony Broccoli Chicken Orzo Pasta Bake is simple and easy to make and full of delicious flavor! Cooked and baked in one pot or skillet, it’s comforting,  healthy, and ready in just 45 minutes! A simple tasty weeknight dinner recipe.  There is a beautiful harmony of flavors in this skillet meal created from just...

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Instant Pot Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

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Get warm and cozy with this Instant Pot Beef Stew with Root Veggies- a hearty, comforting one-pot meal made in the pressure cooker, that is keto friendly, easy to make and full of depth and flavor. #beefstew #instantpotbeefstew #instantpot #bestbeefstew

Get warm and cozy with this Instant Pot Beef Stew with Root Veggies- a hearty, comforting one-pot meal that is keto-friendly, easy to make, and full of depth and flavor.  I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go. – Jeffrey McDaniel Incredibly tender and savory  Instant...

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Instant Pot Pinto Bean Stew

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Instant Pot Pinto Bean Stew using dry beans with corn, yams, and poblanos. A vegan-adaptable soup that only takes 15 minutes of hands-on time. #instantpotrecipe, #vegansoup #veganstew #pintobeanstew

A simple delicious recipe for  Instant Pot Pinto Bean Stew made with dry pinto beans, yams, corn, and poblanos. A hearty, flavorful and vegan-adaptable weeknight dinner (requires 8-hour soaking time)! Wholesome, hearty and flavorful this Instant Pot Pinto Bean Stew is quick to throw to together and perfect for fall and winter weeknight dinners.  Put...

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Instant Pot Butternut Risotto with Leeks

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Cozy up with a comforting bowl of Butternut Risotto with Leeks and Spinach made with very little fuss, in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free. #butternut #butternutrisotto #instantpot #vegan

A quick and easy weeknight recipe for Butternut Risotto with Leeks and Spinach made with very little fuss, in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free.  This Instant Pot Butternut Risotto is perfect for cozy fall nights when time is limited. It requires only 15 minutes of hands-on time before letting the Instant Pot...

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Coconut Corn Chowder with Leeks

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Cozy up with a bowl of this Coconut Corn Chowder with Leeks- a simple, comforting meal that can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegan and Gluten-free! #cornchowder #vegancornchowder #vegansoup

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Curried Zucchini Soup

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Curried Zucchini Soup with ginger and mint. A fast and easy vegan-adaptable soup that is healthy and flavorful. #zucchini #curriedzucchinisoup

Curried Zucchini soup made with fresh ginger, jalapeño and mint.  Quick, easy and deeply satisfying, this vegan-adaptable soup can be served hot or chilled.   Velvety zucchini soup gets a lovely hit from the synergy of ginger, jalapeno and mint, delighting your palate with a touch of tangy heat and a smooth creamy texture.   Even...

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Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

Hello, new favorite! I think of this Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet kind of like “jambalaya light”. It has similar flavors and ingredients as jambalaya, but it’s a slightly scaled back, simplified version, perfect for quick weeknight dinner. And the best part? The leftovers are SO GOOD. So feel free to add this tasty skillet […]

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Hello, new favorite! I think of this Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet kind of like “jambalaya light”. It has similar flavors and ingredients as jambalaya, but it’s a slightly scaled back, simplified version, perfect for quick weeknight dinner. And the best part? The leftovers are SO GOOD. So feel free to add this tasty skillet to your meal prep rotation!

Cajun Sausage and Rice in the skillet with a wooden spoon and lid half on

What Kind of Sausage Do I Use?

To make this skillet meal taste the best, try to find Andouille sausage, which is a smoked pork sausage commonly used in Louisiana cooking. If you can’t find any in your area (I’m not sure how readily available this is outside the southern U.S.), you can use any smoked sausage in its place. If you want to go so far as to special order some to get the full experience, check out the selection from Cajungrocer.com

Is Cajun Sausage and Rice Spicy?

It can be, depending on the ingredients you use. I used a “medium” heat Andouille sausage, which had a good amount of spicy heat, as well as a little cayenne pepper in my Cajun seasoning blend. If you want to make this dish mild, make sure to get a non-spicy smoked sausage, and you can skip the cayenne pepper in the spices listed in the recipe. 

Can I Use Store Bought Cajun Seasoning?

The recipe below includes a half batch of my homemade Cajun seasoning, minus the salt because the other ingredients in the skillet contained enough salt that I didn’t need to add more. The total amount of spices used is about 1 tablespoon. If you’d like to use a store bought Cajun seasoning blend, first check to see how much salt it contains. Many store bought Cajun seasoning blends contain a lot of salt and are used more like a seasoning salt, or table seasoning, and probably will not work well for this recipe. If the blend you have is mostly just herbs and spices, I would use about 1 Tbsp for this recipe.

Can I Use Brown Rice?

Brown rice requires more liquid and a much longer cook time than white rice, so you will need to take these into account if you attempt to substitute brown rice for the white rice in this recipe. While I haven’t tested a brown rice version, I would probably add at least another cup of chicken broth and increase the simmer time to closer to 40 minutes.

Side view of a skillet full of Cajun Sausage and Rice

 
Side view of a skillet full of Cajun Sausage and Rice

Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

This easy Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet is the perfect easy and filling weeknight dinner, packed with plenty of smoky-spicy flavor!
Total Cost $7.21 recipe / $1.80 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 1.5 cups each
Calories 547.75kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. Andouille sausage* $3.99
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1 bell pepper $0.89
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.01
  • 1 15oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes $1.00
  • 1 cup long grain white rice $0.62
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth $0.20
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.20

Instructions

  • Slice the sausage into ¼-½ inch thick slices. Add the sausage and cooking oil to a deep skillet or Dutch oven and sauté over medium heat until the sausage is well browned. Don't worry if the sausage begins to brown on the bottom of the skillet. That's extra flavor that will cook into the rice later.
  • While the sausage is cooking, dice the bell pepper. Once the sausage is browned, add the bell pepper to the skillet and continue to sauté for about one more minute.
  • Add the spices (smoked paprika, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, and black pepper) to the skillet with the sausage and bell pepper and continue to sauté for one minute more to toast the spices.
  • Add the fire roasted diced tomatoes (with juices), rice, and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and allow the broth to come to a full boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let the skillet simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the skillet from the heat and let it rest, with the lid on, for an additional 5 minutes.
  • After the skillet has rested, remove the lid, and fold the sausage and rice to redistribute the rice and sausage throughout. Top with sliced green onions and serve!

Notes

*If you can not find Andouille in your area, use any smoked pork sausage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 547.75kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.8g | Protein: 22.23g | Fat: 28.8g | Sodium: 1328.93mg | Fiber: 4.15g

Overhead view of a bowl full of Cajun Sausage and Rice with a black fork in the side

How to Make Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet – Step by Step Photos

Andouille sausage package

This is the Andouille sausage that I used. Andouille may not be readily available in all areas, so if you can’t find any, just try to get a smoked pork sausage of some sort instead. You really want that smoky flavor!

Sautéed Andouille in the skillet

Slice the Andouille into medallions and add to a skillet with a tablespoon of cooking oil. Sauté over medium heat until the sausage is well browned. Don’t worry if the bottom of the skillet turns brown. That’s just extra flavor that will soak into the rice later!

Bell pepper and spices added to the skillet

While the sausage is browning, dice one bell pepper. Add it to the skillet and continue to sauté for about a minute. Then add the Cajun seasoning: 1 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp dried oregano, ½ tsp dried thyme, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper, and ⅛ tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Continue to sauté the spices for another minute.

Tomatoes, rice, and broth added to the skillet

Next, add one 15oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes (with juices), 1 cup long grain white rice, and 1.5 cups chicken broth to the skillet. Stir to combine and dissolve those browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.

Skillet ready to simmer

Once everything is combined, place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and allow the broth to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let the skillet simmer for 20 minutes. (Pictured: before simmering)

Simmered sausage and rice skillet

After simmering for 20 minutes, remove it from the heat and let it rest for an additional five minutes (with the lid on). After resting, it will look like the photo above.

Stirred Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

Fold everything together to redistribute the sausage, rice, and bell peppers. OMG it looks so good at this point I just want to dive in!

Finished Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet with green onions

Top the skillet with sliced green onions and serve! It’s rich, spicy, smoky, and all around DELICIOUS.

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Simple Tomato Soup

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Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable! #tomatosoup

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