Dirty Rice

  • 5MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 391KCAL

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.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories391
  • Carbs45g
  • Protein35g
  • Fat7.5g
  • Saturates2.2g
  • Sugars4.9g

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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 to know in the blurb!

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

We’re huge fans of Asian flavours as they are rich and savoury, and this Dirty Rice is no exception!

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

Technically speaking – this Dirty Fried Rice isn’t “dirty rice” in the traditional sense. The “dirty” comes from the colour typically produced by adding chicken livers to the dish, but we’ve skipped them in our recipe; feel free to add them in.

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 or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Dirty Rice recipe?

  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Dirty Rice recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Dirty Rice recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Dirty Rice recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

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

Do you need any special ingredients to make Dirty Rice?

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.

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If you can’t find cajun spice mix at the supermarket (or use lots of it!) you can get it in bulk online too.

How many calories are in this Dirty Rice?

There are 391 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.

Step 1

Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding the bay leaf to the water before cooking. Set the rice aside once cooked.

Step 2

Add the stock cube to the 125ml of boiling water.

Step 3

Mist a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then cook the onions, pork mince and bacon until they are nicely browned

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Step 4

Add the Cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Stir and allow to cook for another minute.

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Step 5

Add the celery and stock, stir and cook for a minute.

Step 6

Stir in the peppers and spring onion. Cook for a minute or two, until they just start to soften

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Step 7

Finally, stir in the cooked rice, making sure it is all has a nice deep golden colour.

Dirty Rice - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat 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!

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.

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

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.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • WW
    9 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 391
  • Carbs 45G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 9 Blue
  • 8 Purple

Ingredients

  • 200 g long grain or basmati rice
  • 400 g 5% pork mince
  • 4 bacon medallions diced
  • 1/2 red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper sliced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 spring onions chopped
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 125 ml water
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 generous dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding the bay leaf 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 low calorie cooking spray, 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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71 comments

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DebbieFriday 26th January 2018

I don’t do pork, would turkey mince be ok? Any other alternatives?

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TraceyFriday 12th January 2018

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!

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KatyMonday 8th January 2018

Can you use cauliflower rice instead?

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JadeSunday 7th January 2018

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?

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KathyThursday 26th October 2017

Am i able to send this recipe to my email please? I don’t do Twitter or Facebook. Thank you.

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SarahWednesday 23rd August 2017

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?

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Sarah,

    So glad you like it! Have you tried the Crucials sauces?

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Julie marsdenSunday 13th August 2017

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

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Julie,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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ianSaturday 12th August 2017

can I use back bacon and onions instead of medallions and spring onions

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JenWednesday 2nd August 2017

Hello,

Im going to use beef mince do i still use a chicken stock cube or does i use beef?

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Jen,

    Use whichever stock cube you like! ????

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HelenWednesday 19th July 2017

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!

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Helen,

    You can use both or either, entirely up to you!

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AngelaSunday 16th July 2017

Loved this! Is the weight given for the rice the uncooked weight?

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[email protected]Wednesday 28th June 2017

All 6 of us loved this ,thank you

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    KateFriday 30th June 2017

    Hi Sue
    Glad you like it

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GleniseFriday 23rd June 2017

Aldi sell 5% pork mince

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NickyMonday 19th June 2017

Is there anything you can use in place of celery and peppers. I struggle with recipes with these ingredients.

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    KateFriday 30th June 2017

    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

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KateSunday 18th June 2017

Hi Kirtsy
I think 12% is around 3 per 100g

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Helen ThomsonSaturday 17th June 2017

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

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ReggieSaturday 17th June 2017

It was very nice, i used beef mince (ddnt have pork), but it worked really well????also its very filling????

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    KateSunday 18th June 2017

    Hi Reggie
    Glad you like it

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JoFriday 16th June 2017

I loved this recipe, great on its own, it would go very well with pork chops and salad too.

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    KateSunday 18th June 2017

    Hi Jo
    Glad you like it

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AndreaFriday 16th June 2017

Absolutely delicious and so simple to make too. Good for the next day’s lunch – if there’s any left!!

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MhairiFriday 16th June 2017

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!

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KateFriday 16th June 2017

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!

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SammieFriday 16th June 2017

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

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DeniseFriday 16th June 2017

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 ????

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    KateSunday 18th June 2017

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

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    DeniseMonday 19th June 2017

    Thank you Kate ????

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AlishaSunday 11th June 2017

Hi, I don’t have bacon. Do you think it would be ok without? Thanks

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    KateFriday 16th June 2017

    Hi Alisha
    You can leave out the bacon, but it does give the dish a bit of extra flavour

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jillian barnesFriday 9th June 2017

just wondering if you can use 5% fat beef mince. thank you.

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    KateSunday 11th June 2017

    Hi Jillian
    We’ve not tried it with beef, but I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work just as well

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    CarrieMonday 30th April 2018

    This is one of my favs make it once a week at least

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ClareWednesday 7th June 2017

In the video you don’t use the stock is it needed?

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    KateSunday 11th June 2017

    Hi Clare
    Thanks for pointing it out. You should add it along with the Worcestershire sauce

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ElaineTuesday 6th June 2017

Looks great will try thanks

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Marie FMonday 5th June 2017

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

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    KateSunday 11th June 2017

    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

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    Janet TomkinsonThursday 11th January 2018

    I hate celery but still put it in couldn’t taste it at all just extra speed

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    Sheila BrennanThursday 7th February 2019

    Hi I hate celery but it’s delicious in this, hope this helps

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SarahMonday 29th May 2017

Can you freeze this please ?

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Sarah,

    All the info regarding freezing is on the recipe ????

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GemThursday 25th May 2017

Can this be reheated the following day as a lunch time meal?

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    KateMonday 29th May 2017

    Hi Gem
    We’ve kept the leftovers and reheated them the next day without any problems

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