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    Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp – a healthy twist on a Cajun classic. The addition of shrimp turns this into a fabulous main dish. Easy to make and very flavorful!

    This recipe turns a boring bowl of rice into a flavorful main dish. Just add some browned ground beef and “the trinity with the Pope” which is diced bell peppers, celery, onions and garlic. I think you will love this recipe!

    The traditional Cajun “dirty” rice is a well loved Louisiana classic with as many different recipes as there are cooks. The classical version uses chopped chicken livers or gizzards which give it a distinctive dark color dubbing it “dirty” rice. I have added some ground beef and shrimp instead which makes this easy dirty rice with shrimp a great main dish for dinner or lunch.

    Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp - A healthy twist on a Cajun classic. The addition of shrimp turns this into a fabulous main dish. Easy to make and very flavorful!

    It refrigerates well and it serves more than 4 depending on your appetite. This easy dirty rice with shrimp goes well with sriracha if you want to add some more spicy kick to it.

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    I am always looking for ways to use leftover rice and this recipe is perfect. You can use either leftover rice or cook rice as you prepare the rest of the dish.

    Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp - A healthy twist on a Cajun classic. The addition of shrimp turns this into a fabulous main dish. Easy to make and very flavorful!

    How To Make Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp

    What you need

    1 1/2 cup uncooked rice

    1 bay leave

    1/4 tsp salt

    1/8 tsp + 1/4 tsp cayenne, divided

    1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp paprika, divided

    1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp thyme, divided

    1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

    1 medium onion, chopped

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    2 celery stalks, chopped

    2 bell peppers (I used 1 green & 1 orange)

    1 lb ground beef (or ground pork sausage)

    salt and pepper to taste

    1/2 tsp cumin

    2 scallions, chopped

    Instructions

    Cook brown rice according to package directions in water along with 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/8 tsp paprika and 1/8 tsp thyme.

    When the rice is almost ready, heat oil  in a skillet over medium high heat, and cook shrimp until done, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

    Discard liquid from shrimp in the skillet, and heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, and bell peppers. Saute on medium heat until soft about 5 minutes. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, cumin, remaining cayenne, paprika and thyme. Add ground beef and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes until cooked through.

    Add cooked rice and shrimp to the skillet, toss, cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve warm and sprinkle some scallions on top. Enjoy!

    5 from 2 votes
    Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp - A healthy twist on a Cajun classic. The addition of shrimp turns this into a fabulous main dish. Easy to make and very flavorful!

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: 30 Minutes, Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, One Pan, Quick
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 406 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 cup uncooked rice
    • 1 bay leave
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp thyme
    • 1 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined
    • 1 medium onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 celery stalks chopped
    • 2 bell peppers I used 1 green & 1 orange
    • 1 lb ground beef or ground pork sausage
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 2 scallions chopped
    Instructions
    1. Cook brown rice according to package directions in water along with 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/8 tsp paprika and 1/8 tsp thyme.
    2. When the rice is almost ready, heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat, and cook shrimp until done, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
    3. Discard liquid from shrimp in the skillet, and heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, and bell peppers. Saute on medium heat until soft about 5 minutes. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, cumin, remaining cayenne, paprika and thyme. Add ground beef and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes until cooked through.
    4. Add cooked rice and shrimp to the skillet, toss, cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve warm and sprinkle some scallions on top. Enjoy!

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    Nutrition Facts
    Easy Dirty Rice with Shrimp
    Amount Per Serving (268 g)
    Calories 406 Calories from Fat 56
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 6.2g 10%
    Saturated Fat 1.9g 10%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 4.3g
    Cholesterol 216mg 72%
    Sodium 522mg 22%
    Total Carbohydrates 42.2g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%
    Sugars 2.7g
    Protein 43.3g 87%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Comments

    Linda Manns Linneman

    This meal sounds yummy. We love shrimp and rice at our house so this will be a hit. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

    This sounds and looks really delicious! Because I am Keto I will sub the cauliflower rice. Thanks for the recipe!

    I make lots of shrimp dishes for dinner. Love this one!

    I need to try this dirty rice. Love those flavors in it!

    I just love anything with the combo of Shrimp and this looks delicious!

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