30 minutes

Cajun Fried Rice

Cajun fried rice is a delicious one-pot dinner that your whole family will love. With tender, flavorful shrimp and spicy andouille sausage, this cajun rice is a perfect easy weeknight meal.

Fried rice is my favorite takeout “fakeout” food.  It’s a simple and delicious one-pot meal that is so easy to make at home. I love homemade fried rice because you can make it exactly how you like it. For my family, that means extra protein and veggies. Sometimes we use brown rice, sometimes white rice – whatever you have leftover will work great.

Homemade fried rice is perfect for meal prep and using up leftovers. You can throw just about any vegetable and protein you have on hand into the skillet with some scrambled eggs and soy sauce, and it’s bound to be delicious.

For years, my go-to fried rice recipe has been a classic shrimp and chicken fried rice. This week, I was out of chicken but had andouille sausage in the fridge. I always keep a cajun seasoning blend on hand, for yummy recipes like this creamy cajun chicken orzo, and thought I would try a cajun-flavored fried rice. Friends, it was SO GOOD! I insist you try this recipe – it just might be your new favorite dish.

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You Will Love This

  • Fried rice is perfect for using up leftover rice, veggies and meats.
  • This easy cajun one-pot rice dish has tons of flavor from a simple store-bought cajun spice blend and soy sauce.
  • This 30-minute meal is a perfect main dish for the busy weeknights. 

Ingredients

To make cajun fried rice, you need the following simple ingredients (exact measurements are in the recipe card below).

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Ingredient Notes

  • Shrimp: I used raw shrimp in this recipe. You can substitute thawed cooked shrimp if that’s what you have on hand. Just make sure to reduce the cooking time of the shrimp to only a minute or two. Shrimp cooks very quickly, and overcooking the shrimp can make it rubbery. With pre-cooked shrimp, you just want to heat it through. 
  • Rice: Feel free to use brown rice or white rice in this recipe. Both are delicious. I used leftover long grain white rice. Homemade fried rice is best made with cold rice. If you don’t have any leftover cooked rice, try making your rice an hour or so ahead, spreading it out on a platter or cookie sheet, and letting it cool in the fridge while you prep the rest of your meal.
  • Bell peppers: Any color of bell peppers will work great in this recipe. I used a combination of green and red for color.
  • Cajun seasoning: I used a store-bought cajun seasoning in this recipe, but you can easily make a homemade cajun seasoning if you have some extra time. I suggest starting with one teaspoon of Cajun seasoning to season the shrimp. If you want your rice to be a little spicier, you can stir in additional seasoning at the end. 
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves are best in this recipe, but you can substitute garlic powder if you don’t have any fresh garlic on hand. 
  • Onion: One small onion is perfect for this recipe. I used sweet white onion, but yellow onion or shallot would also work. 
  • Additions: Feel free to add a little bit of diced celery to this recipe with the onion. Celery, onion, and bell peppers are considered the “holy trinity” of Cajun cuisine that forms the flavor base for all kinds of Cajun recipes. My kiddos don’t like celery too much, so I left it out. The best part of fried rice is that it’s super versatile, so do whatever you like!

Instructions

Step One: Prepare the ingredients. Mince the garlic. Dice the white onion. Seed and dice the red and green bell pepper. Dice the sausage. Cut the green onions into thin slices. 

Step Two: Add beaten eggs to a small skillet over medium-low heat. Scramble the eggs until they are just set. Remove the eggs from the heat and set aside for later.

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Step Three: Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced andouille sausage and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the edges start to get golden brown. Add the shrimp and cajun seasoning, and cook for 4-5 more minutes until the shrimp turn pink and opaque, and curl into a C shape. Remove the sausage and shrimp to a small bowl, leaving as much oil and seasoning in the skillet as possible.

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A grey pan on a white concrete background. The pan contains andouille sausage and raw shrimp, sprinkled with Cajun seasoning.
A grey pan on a white concrete background. The pan contains andouille sausage and cook cajun shrimp.

Step Four: Add the diced white onion to the hot pan (add a little bit more olive oil if needed). Cook the onion for 3-4 minutes. Add the diced peppers and minced garlic, and cook for a few minutes more, until the peppers start to soften. 

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A grey pan on a white concrete background. The pan contains sauteed onion and bell peppers.

Step Five: Return the meat and all juices to the pan, and add the cooked rice and scrambled eggs. Pour the soy sauce over the top of the rice. Stir well until the soy sauce evenly coats the rice and all the ingredients are well combined.

A grey pan on a white concrete background. The pan contains cooked white rice, scrambled eggs, sausage and cajun shrimp, not yet mixed together.
A grey pan on a white concrete background. The pan contains cooked white rice, scrambled eggs, sausage and cajun shrimp. All ingredients are drizzled with soy sauce, but not yet mixed together.
A grey pan on a white concrete background. The pan contains cooked cajun fried rice.

Step Six: Allow the rice mixture to cook for 4-5 minutes, until the rice is heated through. Keep stirring occasionally so that the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet. When the rice is hot, taste and add additional cajun seasoning, salt and black pepper as needed for extra flavor. Garnish with green onions and serve. 

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​Storage

Allow leftovers to cool to room temperature before storing. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, add a little sprinkle of water over the rice before microwaving, to prevent the rice from drying out.

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Cajun Fried Rice

Cajun fried rice is a delicious one-pot dinner that your whole family will love. With tender, flavorful shrimp and spicy andouille sausage, this cajun rice is a perfect easy weeknight meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun
Servings 4 servings
Calories 483 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more as needed
  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 6 ounces andouille sausage (about 3 links)
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the ingredients. Mince the garlic. Dice the white onion. Seed and dice the red and green bell pepper. Dice the sausage. Cut the green onions into thin slices. 
  • Add beaten eggs to a small skillet over medium-low heat. Scramble the eggs until they are just set. Remove the eggs from the heat and set aside for later.
  • Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced andouille sausage and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the edges start to get golden brown. Add the shrimp and cajun seasoning, and cook for 4-5 more minutes until the shrimp turn pink and opaque, and curl into a C shape. Remove the sausage and shrimp to a small bowl, leaving as much oil and seasoning in the skillet as possible.
  • Add the diced white onion to the hot pan (add a little bit more olive oil if needed). Cook the onion for 3-4 minutes. Add the diced peppers and minced garlic, and cook for a few minutes more, until the peppers start to soften. 
  • Return the meat and all juices to the pan, and add the cooked rice and scrambled eggs. Pour the soy sauce over the top of the rice. Stir well until the soy sauce evenly coats the rice and all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Allow the rice mixture to cook for 4-5 minutes, until the rice is heated through. Keep stirring occasionally so that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the skillet. When the rice is hot, taste and add additional cajun seasoning, salt and black pepper as needed for extra flavor. Garnish with green onions and serve. 

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 26gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 248mgSodium: 1229mgPotassium: 523mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2004IUVitamin C: 87mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg
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