Dirty Rice

Our Dirty Rice is the best, slimming-friendly fried rice recipe, and a really easy meal for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers or similar.

Yes, Dirty Rice: A combination of fried rice and dirty rice. Chinese and Cajun together to form the tastiest fried rice ever!

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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 👍

We’re fans of Asian flavours and combinations, I think we’ve made more Asian dishes than anything.

Food often reminds us of places we’ve been in times past. We had dirty rice whilst on a business trip to the US & it got us thinking… could we combine dirty rice with fried rice? You bet we can!

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Technically speaking – this Dirty Fried Rice isn’t “dirty rice” in the traditional sense.

It lacks the chicken livers that dirty rice would usually call for. Feel free to add them, we just didn’t fancy putting them in.

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If you’re looking for some other fried rice recipes, why not try one of these?

How many Calories are in this Campfire Stew?

There are 265 calories in each portion of our Slimming friendly Dirty Rice. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. 

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

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. Obviously, 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 Dirty Rice suitable for?

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

  • Stock cubes
  • Worcestershire Sauce

You could also enjoy this 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 Dirty Rice recipe?

There are 9 Points per portion of this rice.

If you were wanting to reduce the amount of points, you could always halve the portion and serve as a side dish!

How to make Dirty Rice

This recipe is really easy to make, and is a great way to use up some vegetables!

  • Cook the rice
  • Brown off the mince, bacon and vegetables

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  • Add the spices and Worcestershire sauce

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  • Add the cooked rice, and mix well.

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  • Serve on its own or with your choice of accompaniment

What should you should serve with Dirty Rice?

Dirty Rice is really a meal in itself. If you wanted to serve it as an accompaniment then you could serve a smaller portion of the rice as a side!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Dirty Rice?

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There are no fancy ingredients in this Dirty Rice. You can pick up the Cajun Seasoning in most supermarkets – just check the nutritional values of whichever brand you choose to use as they can vary.

This recipe is really simple to make, and the majority of it is done in a frying pan.

If you don’t have a decent frying pan, it’s a great investment. You will be able to use it for lots of our recipes!

We recommend one with a lid, like this one on Amazon.

Can you cook Dirty Rice another way?

This recipe isn’t suitable for alternative cooking methods. It is super quick and easy to make!

How do you know when Dirty Rice is cooked?

When the rice is tender, the meat is browned and cooked through, and the vegetables tender, this recipe is cooked!

This should take approx 25 minutes 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. 

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How long can you keep Dirty Rice in the fridge?

Freezing and reheating rice is often a concern for a lot of people, and it’s one of the things we get asked about quite frequently.

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.

Without getting too technical uncooked 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 will be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

If you intend keeping any leftover rice dishes then you should do the following:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then fridge or freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • 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.

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

Can I freeze Dirty Rice?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to consider the advice above, and do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat 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.

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Dirty Rice

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portion 5 minutes 25 minutes




265kcal 9

Smart Points (Flex/Freestyle)

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  1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding the Bayleaf to the water before cooking. Set the rice aside once cooked
  2. Add the stock cube to the 125ml of boiling water
  3. Mist a large frying pan with Frylight, then cook the onions, pork mince and bacon until they are nicely browned
  4. Add the Cajun seasoning and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir and allow to cook for another minute
  5. Add the celery and stock, stir and cook for a minute
  6. Stir in the peppers and spring onion. Cook for a minute or two, until they just start to soften
  7. Finally, stir in the cooked rice, making sure it is all has a nice deep golden colour

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Especially things such as; 

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


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  1. Hi can you taste the celery in this? I hate celery so want to know wether to leave it out 😊 thank you

    1. Hi Marie
      Personally, I don’t think it’s too overpowering, but you could leave it out if you want. Having said that it does add to the flavour of the dish

  2. This looks scrummy! I can’t seem to find the print button .. can you please add? Or give me a clue to find it please 😉

    1. Hi Denise
      The print button is on the line below the number of servings, prep time and cooking time in the recipe card itself

  3. Yummy love it as done last week with pork mince then today with beef mince so tasty. Next one turkey mince mmm lol

  4. We absolutely loved this. It’s not particularly photogenic so please try it. My children adored it and my rice averse husband is converted. Make lots and enjoy it hot or cold for lunch. Yummers!

  5. Easily one of the best sw recipes I have tried, and its so versatile. Made it now with both brown and white rice, with pork mince and with turkey mince. Simple and delicious!

  6. Tried this for the first time this week. Added garlic as had no spring onions. Was lovely thanks for a fabulous recipe 😊

    1. Hi Nicky
      You can put whatever veg you want in really, so just replace them with whichever veg you prefer. Finely chopped carrot is always a good substitue

  7. If you use chicken livers (yes I do like them sorry everyone) is this instead of the mince. I’m not keen on mince funnily enough!

  8. Hi I made this last nigh but used small diced chicken , 5% mince an added abit of garlic too it was amazing. Thank you for all your ideas an recipe s . Love pinch of non .👌😃x

  9. This works amazing with turkey mince, I love it on its own, but does anyone have suggestions of a sauce I could pair it with for a change?

  10. Hi
    This looks delicious and can’t wait to try it.
    But can I ask a stupid question please, what kind of things would you have this with to make it a meal?
    Any suggestions?

  11. I’ve just made this and was worried it would be bland as there is no garlic, chilli or seasoning, but it was delicious. Did need a big slug of Worcestershire Sauce though!

  12. Omg this is amazing was recommend by a friend as I was getting bored of the same old thing. I loved it exactly what I needed. Xxx

  13. Hi,
    I’ve just tried dirty rice for the first time and it was delicious. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.
    I would love something similar but using prawns, any chance of a new version? I have noted that you’ve recently published a dirty rice with beef, I must now try this too.

  14. I used quorn mince and only a wee bit of veg stock, put a bit smoked paprika as omitted the smoked bacon and was lovely too

  15. I made this last night, absolutely yummy loved by everyone. Changed the veg to suit what we like – a lovely easy meal to make.

  16. Hey guys,

    We absolutely love this dish and plan to cook it for some friends who are visiting this weekend. Can anyone recommend anything to go with it? Like side dishes etc? Any thoughts and recipes would be much appreciated. Thanks all.

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