Spicy Sausage and Rice

Get ready to sizzle with our one-pot Spicy Sausage and Rice! A tantalizing, quick dinner ready in just 30 minutessimplicity and flavor in every bite!

A pan with sausage and rice on a table.

I love keeping sausages like Kielbasa in the freezer because they are pre-cooked and thaw really quickly in a warm water bath. Look, I know that you’re only supposed to thaw meat one of two ways (in the fridge or in the microwave), but I really don’t like either of those methods.

What I usually do is put the meat in a zipper-close bag, submerge it in a warm water bath in the sink, and leave the faucet dripping as slowly as possible.

Reasons to Love This Sausage and Rice Dish

  • I love the combination of spicy tender sausage and rice creates a mouthwatering blend of flavors that’s hard to resist.
  • This Spicy Sausage and Rice is a one-pot meal. Its one-pot cooking method makes for easy preparation and clean-up.
  • This spicy sausage recipe is quick and convenient. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s perfect for busy weeknights.

Recipe Ingredients

Sausage and rice on a pan and a wooden spoon.
  • Jalapeno Pepper: Adds a spicy kick, enhancing the overall zest of the dish.
  • Diced Tomatoes: They provide a tangy, sweet depth to the flavor profile.
  • Dried Thyme and Oregano: These herbs contribute to the aromatic and savory notes of the recipe.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: They introduce an additional layer of spice, accentuating the dish’s heat and complexity.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variation

Sausage Variation: For a delightful twist on the Spicy Sausage and Rice recipe, you can use Turkey Sausage for a leaner, yet flavorful option. You can also swap the Kielbasa sausage with the traditional Pork Sausages for a rich, classic taste. For a smoky, slightly spicy kick, use Chicken Andouille Sausage.

How to Make Spicy Sausage and Rice

Step #1: Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until nearly smoking. Add the sliced Kielbasa and arrange in a single layer as much as possible. Allow to cook, undisturbed, for 90-120 seconds, until browned. Flip the sausage pieces and brown on the other side.

Step #2: Add the peppers, onions, and jalapeño to the pan. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables start to brown. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes (do not drain), and add the bay leaves, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir well.

Step #3: Turn the heat down to medium and add the uncooked rice to the pan along with the chicken broth. Let the contents come to a boil and allow the liquid level to reduce until the rice starts peeking out of the top.

Step #4: Once the liquid is below the rice (about 5 minutes or so), cover the pan and turn the heat to low. Let the rice steam for 15 minutes before uncovering and stirring the contents. Discard the bay leaves and serve hot.

A plate with spicy sausage and rice on a table.

Expert Tips

  • Avoid Stirring Rice Frequently: Stirring rice too much can make it gummy; stir only when necessary.
  • Monitor the Liquid Level: Keep an eye on the broth level and adjust if it seems too low or high.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add other spices to this recipe?

Absolutely! You can add garlic powder to enhance the aroma. If you want to increase the heat, you can incorporate cayenne pepper. For a complex, Southern twist, use Cajun seasoning. Start with small amounts and adjust to your taste.

What other vegetables work well in this One-pot Sausage and Rice recipe?

Carrots, corn, celery, zucchini, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower are all great additions. However, keep in mind that broccoli and cauliflower may soften more than others when cooked.

Sausage and rice in a pan and with a wooden spoon.

Storage Info

To store leftovers of the Spicy Sausage and Rice, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them; it will stay good for up to 3-4 days. To freeze this dish, store it in the freezer and it should last for about 2 months. When you’re ready to eat, you can reheat it either in a microwave or on the stove. For microwaving, cover the dish and heat on medium power, stirring occasionally. If using the stove, reheat on low heat in a saucepan, adding a little water or broth to prevent drying out.

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Spicy Sausage and Rice Recipe

Get ready to sizzle with our one-pot Spicy Sausage and Rice! A tantalizing, quick dinner ready in just 30 minutes – simplicity and flavor in every bite!
4.4 from 118 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: North American
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 13-ounce fully-cooked Kielbasa sausage*, cut on the diagonal into coins
  • 1 red bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion - chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper - sliced
  • 1 14 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups dry long-grain rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
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Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until nearly smoking. Add the sliced Kielbasa and arrange in a single layer as much as possible. Allow to cook, undisturbed, for 90-120 seconds, until browned. Flip the sausage pieces and brown on the other side.
  • Add the peppers, onions, and jalapeño to the pan**. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables start to brown. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes (do not drain), and add the bay leaves, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir well.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the uncooked rice to the pan along with the chicken broth. Let the contents come to a boil and allow the liquid level to reduce until the rice starts peeking out of the top.
  • Once the liquid is below the rice (about 5 minutes or so), cover the pan and turn the heat to low. Let the rice steam for 15 minutes before uncovering and stirring the contents. Discard the bay leaves and serve hot.

NOTES

I like to use Hillshire Farm’s Polska Kielbasa for this recipe.
*You may want to turn on your fan; jalapeno fumes can get pretty hardcore.
To store leftovers of the Spicy Sausage and Rice, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them; it will stay good for up to 3-4 days. To freeze this dish, store it in the freezer and it should last for about 2 months.
When you’re ready to eat, you can reheat it either in a microwave or on the stove. For microwaving, cover the dish and heat on medium power, stirring occasionally. If using the stove, reheat on low heat in a saucepan, adding a little water or broth to prevent drying out.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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  1. I did a double batch. Immediately I saw that 4 bell peppers and 3 cups of rice was going to be way too much of both so I used 3 bell peppers and 2 cups of rice. The dish cooked well. The seasoning was spot on. I probably could have used all 4 bell peppers, but 3 worked out just fine. Although I used only 2 cups of rice instead of 3 there was still WAY too much rice! There was so much rice the dish dried out to the point that the rice wouldn’t finish cooking and it turned into a casserole.. I had to add 2 cups of water to loosen everything up so the rice could absorb the moister and finish cooking.

    I will cook this again! Next time I will use 1/3rd the amount of rice. I bet that will work without turning the entire dish white.

  2. The thyme and oregano are way too overpowering! This is not southern food. I was looking for something other than the usual for dinner. I will not be making this again.