Sausage and Rice Skillet

Because yum is an understatement.

This dish is a classic for a reason. You can modify this recipe here and there and it’s pretty forgiving, but like, why mess with perfection? I also love shrimp and will toss that in here whenever I’m feelin’ it.

Simple, easy to make, easy to clean up. Winner winner… skillet dinner.


  • 1 1/2 c. rice (I use white rice or wild rice)
  • A couple tablespoons of oil
  • 1 pack of smoked sausage (kielbasa or spicy Italian sausage are my favorites)
  • 1 – 2 bell peppers of choice (you can always use half of a yellow pepper and half of a green pepper, etc.)
  • Half an onion (Unless it’s a small onion… then use the full onion if you prefer. You’re an adult and I believe in you.)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. paprika (plus a little more for taste)
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (always good to start with less and then add, if you or whoever you’re serving is sensitive to spice)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 c. chicken broth (you’ll be adding half at a time)
  • chopped parsley


  • Cook the rice according to instructions in a saucepan or handy-dandy rice cooker (*raises hand*)
  • Bust out your big cast iron and put it on medium-high heat
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the oil and let that heat for a few minutes.
  • Sliced your sausage and add to the skillet, cooking until slightly browned on each side. Then remove from the pan. (You’ll add it back later.)
  • Now cook your onion and peppers for about 5 minutes, until they look good and yummy.
  • Add your spices and give everything a good toss. After a couple minutes, remove these from the pan, too. (I like to add these in a bowl with the sausage. #lesscleanup)
  • Add half of the chicken broth in the skillet with the tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Next, add the rice and give it a couple of good stirs.
  • Finally, add the sausage and veggies back in and let it all stew for a few minutes.
  • Top it off with some deliciously fresh parsley and enjoy!
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