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Effortless One-Pan Cajun Rice

Cajun rice - A one-pan meal filled with Cajun flavors that comes together in a mix of fragrant rice and perfectly browned meat. This recipe may look simple at first glance but, trust me, there’s more to it than meets the eye. It’s a super easy recipe you can make without the need for any exotic spices or flashy cooking methods. 
Course Side
Cuisine Southern
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 512kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 cups (370g) uncooked long-grain rice
  • 3 ½ cup (829.5g) water or broth
  • 2-3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 teaspoons (15g-20g) garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons (2g) fresh thyme
  • 2 pieces bay leaf
  • ½ pound (226.8g) chicken liver, chopped
  • 1 pound (453.59) ground beef
  • 1 green small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups (360ml-480ml) beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) Creole seasoning or more to taste
  • 3-4 pieces green onion scallions, chopped
  • ½ - 1 cup (125ml-250ml) chicken or beef broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons (4g) parsley, chopped
  • pepper flakes or hot sauce to taste


  • Rinse rice well and transfer to a heavy-bottomed pot with a lid.
  • Add beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let it cook for 18 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large, heavy sauté pan, sauté chopped bacon until cooked, about 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Then add 2 tablespoons of the oil or more oil to the bacon pan.
  • Throw in the onions, thyme, bay leaf, and garlic, sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken liver and ground beef, Creole seasoning, and cook, stirring, for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add bell peppers, celery, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Pour in about 1 1/2 cup stock. 
  • Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. 
  • Finally, add the rice, mix thoroughly. Cook until the rice is heated through, about 5-7 minutes. If needed, add more stock, to prevent any burns. Do not overcook the rice. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaf.
  • Stir in the cooked bacon, and green onions. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
  • Serve warm with pepper flakes for heat seekers and/or hot sauce. Enjoy!


  1. Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. Please keep in mind that it is a rough estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary greatly based on the products used.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4682IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 6mg