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Cajun Red Beans and RIce - skillet meal
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Cajun Red Beans and Rice Skillet

This Cajun Red Beans and Rice Skillet is an easy one pan meal is inspired by the flavors of the classic Louisiana dish. It uses a homemade Cajun seasoning that is delicious in many other recipes, too.
Keyword: Cajun seasoning, Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet, Canjun Red Beans and Rice, one pan meal, red beans, rice, sausage, skillet meal


  • 3 3 ounce each Cajun Andouille sausage links, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning, divided
  • 1 cup basmati rice (see notes)
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock, or water
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  • If you're making the homemade Cajun seasoning, mix the ingredients for that and place in an airtight container. Set aside for now.
  • 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 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. Saute 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.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, 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, or until everything is heated through and the rice is tender. Garnish with parsley, if desired and serve with cornbread.


Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • Can substitute kielbasa or smoked sausage for the Andouille.
  • Use less or more Cajun seasoning to suit your tastes.
  • Shortcut tip - most grocery stores have already chopped onion/celery/green bell pepper in the produce aisle.
  • If using rice other than basmati, check the rice package for cooking times.