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A white bowl of Authentic Cajun Dirty Rice next to a beige napkin and spoon

Authentic Cajun Dirty Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Cajun, Dirty Rice
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 425kcal
This recipe comes from famed New Orleans chef Donald Link.  It is the real deal. 
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  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 oz ground pork
  • 1/2 cup chicken livers, pureed (about 4 oz)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano, dried
  • 3 cups steamed rice (recipe below)
  • 1/2 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Steamed Rice

  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch Kosher salt


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Once hot, add the pork and chicken livers and cook, stirring, until browned.
  • Add salt, pepper, and chili powder and stir often, but not constantly: The idea is to get the meat to stick to the pan and get a little crusty.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the chicken stock and simmer until it has evaporated, allowing the meat mixture to get browned and crusty and stick to the pan once again.
  • Add the onion, celery, garlic, jalapeño, and oregano and cook, stirring, until the veggies are nicely browned and crusty and beginning to stick to the pan.
  • Add the rice (recipe below), the remaining 1 1/4 cups broth, the scallions, and parsley.  Stir until the liquid is absorbed and the rice I heated through. 

How to Make Perfectly Steamed Rice

  • Combine the rice, water, bay leaves, and salt in a medium pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, and keep covered for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, cool for a few minutes, and then fluff the rice with a fork. 


Calories: 425kcal