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Red Rice and Hot Sausage
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Red Rice and Hot Sausage Recipe

Red rice and smoked sausage is a staple dish in the southern United States. The base of the recipe is normally white rice. It is commonly made with pre-cooked rice, to which aromatic vegetables, seasonings, smoked sausage, and tomatoes are added and all are cooked together.

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sausage
Servings: 4
Calories: 525kcal


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 lbs smoked hot sausage*, sliced into 2” lengths

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 large green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, diced

  • 3 celery stalks, diced

  • One 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce

  • 4 cups water or no-salt chicken broth

  • 3 teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups of converted rice


  • In a large, heavy pot with a lid or a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium/high heat. 

  • Add the sausage and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes.

  • Add the onions, green pepper, and celery to the pot.

  • Stir and cook for approximately 3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.

  • Add the tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, and rice to the pot and stir well to combine. 

  • Bring the pot up to a boil.

  • Reduce to a low simmer and cover the pot.

  • Simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

  • Serve while hot in bowls.

  • This dish goes really nicely with braised or sautéed greens and a moist southern style corn bread. 


Serving: 113g | Calories: 525kcal