Cajun Dirty Rice

This Cajun Dirty Rice is our new and improved, slimming friendly version of one of our most popular recipes this year!  You could call this… “Filthy” Rice!

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Thousand of you have made our Dirty Rice, and we’re inundated with questions about it each week. One of the most frequently asked questions, is “can I use Beef mince with it, rather than Pork?”.

You can, but we think that the combination of flavours needed to be adjusted ever so slightly. So here we are, this is Cajun Dirty Rice, using Beef mince.

You don’t need to use the ingredients that we say… you can use what ever vegetables you like. You could use baby corn, courgette, celery, broccoli or even cauliflower!

We have lots of tasty, slimming friendly rice recipes for you to try if you like this Cajun Dirty Rice;

How many Calories are in this Cajun Dirty Rice?

Each portion of this Cajun Dirty Rice is only 369 calories, This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.

This recipe is great if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

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As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. If your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

What diets is this Cajun Dirty Rice suitable for?

This Cajun Dirty Rice recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions; 

  • Stock pots/cubes
  • Worcestershire Sauce

You could also enjoy this Cajun Dirty Rice if you’re dairy free. 

Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cajun Dirty Rice recipe?

This recipe is just 8 Points per portion for those following the WW plan, a huge saving on takeaway fried rice dishes!

How to make Cajun Dirty Rice

This dish is really simple to make, here’s a summary;

  • Cook the rice according to the packet with stock and a bayleaf, and then set aside to cool.
  • Cook the mince, onions and bacon in a frying pan and add the seasoning.

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  • Add the carrots, mushrooms, peppers and stock, cooking until the peppers soften.
  • Add the cooked rice and spring onion and stir.

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  • Season to taste and serve.

What should you should serve with Cajun Dirty Rice?

This dish works well as a meal in itself, but if you’d like to serve it with something how about one of these options?

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cajun Dirty Rice?

There isn’t anything special you need to make this Cajun Dirty Rice, though you will need some Cajun Seasoning.

There are different options available in most supermarkets. We used the Tesco version which was pretty mild, but you should probably taste yours and adjust the amount you add to your tastes! 

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Like your Cajun Dirty Rice a little milder, or want to feed it to the little ones? Then cut down on the Cajun, and add it little by little.

If you forgot to pick up some Cajun spice mix at the shops, we also have instructions of how to make your own here.

You can also remove the fat and tails from back bacon rather than buying bacon medallions.. Trim it off with scissors before cooking so that the fat doesn’t make it into the dish!

Can you cook Cajun Dirty Rice another way?

This dish doesn’t take long and works best in a pan on the hob. We wouldn’t recommend the slow cooker or pressure cooker for this one!

How do you know when Cajun Dirty Rice is cooked?

Once the Cajun Dirty Rice is cooked there won’t be any excess liquid and the vegetables will have softened. 

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The dish takes a total of around 30 minutes to cook on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Cajun Dirty Rice in the fridge?

As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but, it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.

Rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process.

If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

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You should remember to do the following if you’re going to keep leftover rice:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze Cajun Dirty Rice?

As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

How do I reheat Cajun Dirty Rice?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding a Bayleaf and chicken stock cube to the water before cooking. Set the rice aside once cooked.
  2. Add the stock pot to the water 200ml of boiling water and set aside (this isn't the water that you cook the rice in - this is separate)
  3. Spray a frying pan with Low Calorie Cooking Spray, then cook the mince, onions and bacon until brown
  4. Add the cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and stir
  5. Add the carrots, mushrooms, peppers, stock. Cook until the peppers start to soften
  6. Add the cooked rice and spring onion and stir until all the rice is coated
  7. Taste and add some more Cajun seasoning if it's not spicy enough

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.

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63 Comments
  1. This is amazing. I gave it and extra kick with some more Cajun mix and I hadn’t the whole family scoffing it down, even the non SW members.

  2. We love this dish I’ve become more adventurous and now add extra speed to it and it tastes delicious every time I make it no matter what I add to it. This is one of our many favourite recipes from pinch of nom. Please keep up with the fabulous recipes you create xx

    1. Just made this and absolutely loved it!! Even my partner, who avoids eating any kind of vegetable, enjoyed it, so big hit in our house!!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Keep up the good work!!!!

  3. One of our favourite go to recipes. Making it for our tea tonight. It’s also perfect to make when you don’t have loads of times especially after work when everyone is tired and wants a quick meal. I just love all your recipes. Everything comes out perfect all the time. Could do with a pinch of nom cookbook in my house.

  4. Hi, this dish looks amazing, but I’m sure I saw it before with pork mince. Then when I looked up the recipe again found beef and bacon. Thought I’d gone mad until I read through this page. As I’ve bought pork mince, is it just a straight swap or do I also remove the bacon? Love all of your recipes that I’ve tried so far. Thank you

  5. We loved this recipe. So quick and easy. I used 5% pork mince that I needed to use up and it was still great. Will definitely be making this one again. Thank you 😁

  6. If using Worcestershire sauce, please be aware that it is not gluten free, it contains malt vinegar (from barley), but you can purchase a gluten free one. Perhaps this could be mentioned in the recipe?

  7. Hi,

    I made this tonight, absolutely bloody lovely😋. Even got a thumbs up from a fussy 15 year old. Thanks for your beautiful recipes 👏

  8. In the method, no.2. It says put the stockpot in a pan of 200ml of boiling water and put aside in the recipe it doesn’t say what to do with it

  9. Just cooked this for dinner tonight, first time in a while and omg I remember how tasty this is , why o why did I leave it so long .. so looking forward to your recipe book x

  10. Hi there, looking forward to trying this however my partner can’t eat rice and a bit worried about freezing this. Would I be able to make a Double portion, fridge and reheat the next day?

  11. Hi guys! Came to this page following a suggestion that you could make it in an actifry. Can you explain how you would do that please. Thanks so much!

  12. This is absolutely delicious. Did get a bit confused with when to add the beef stock as not in the instructions but read the comments and found out to add at stage 5. I used wholegrain easy cook basmati rice to be extra good. This dish is so tasty. Will definitely be making again and again 😊

  13. I made this but added some cayenne, paprika and black pepper as well as fresh coriander during and after cooking. It’s very tasty 😁

  14. 1Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding a Bayleaf and chicken stock cube to the water before cooking. Set the rice aside once cooked.

    2Add the stock pot to the water 200ml of boiling water and set aside (this isn’t the water that you cook the rice in – this is separate)

    So what do we do with this 200ml and stock cube if we don’t cook the rice in it. i have a senior moment !!

  15. I cooked the full recipe a few weeks ago for my husband and I and loved it, I froze the rest and we are planning on eating it tomorrow evening. How would you recommend reheating it? Thanks Dawn 😀

    1. Hi Stace,

      We’ve not tried it in the slow cooker – I suspect the rice would end up a bit too soft so it’s probably a recipe to stick to the hob to make!

    1. Hi Lindsay,

      We’ve not made this in the Instant Pot – as it’s pretty quick to make on the hob, I’m not sure it would be suitable to cook in a pressure cooker 😊

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