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Louisiana-Style Rice

Servings: 4

Serve this Cajun-seasoned “dirty” rice with sautéed or grilled shrimp or chicken thighs.


  • 1 cup converted or medium-grain rice
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. purchased Cajun seasoning
  • 1 heaping Tbs. tomato paste
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice, more to taste
  • 2 Tbs. cubed unsalted butter
  • Sliced scallions, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 270
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 80
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 420
  • Carbohydrates (g): 42
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Sugar (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 5


  • In a medium saucepan, cook the rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the oil. Add the pepper, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the Cajun seasoning, tomato paste, and 1/2 tsp.  salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the lime juice, then the butter, and stir until the butter melts.
  • Stir the mixture into the rice, and gently reheat if necessary. Season to taste with lime juice and 1/2 tsp. salt. Serve topped with sliced scallions and hot sauce, if you like.


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