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Red Beans and Rice

Nothing says New Orleans like a perfectly seasoned bowl of red beans and rice. Years ago my friend, Rita, stay the weekend at my house. She lived in New Orleans and wanted to enjoy our beautiful beaches. During her stay, she wanted to make dinner.

What a wonderful surprise that this simple pot of thick and creamy red beans and rice was the most flavorful I have ever tasted. My cajun friend shared her secrets for her perfectly tender smoky red beans and rice.

Red beans and rice

Red beans and rice

 

The best part is that you don’t need to make a trip to New Orleans to savor the city’s flavors.

However, if you do visit, be sure to add a stop to Cafe DuMonde for a coffee and some beignets.

Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipe

This classic recipe is the perfect blend of spices and smoky sausage.

Ingredients:

1 pound red beans

Hambone or ham hock

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound andouille sausage 

1 large onion, chopped

One rib of celery, chopped

One green pepper, chopped 

1 large bay leaf (or 2 small bay leaves)

1 clove garlic, pressed 

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon cumin

Sliced green onion

Fresh parsley

Hot fluffy rice

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Supplies:

Dutch oven (this is the one I use)

Collander

Large bowl

Measuring cups and spoons

Cutting board

Knife (this is the one I use)

Bamboo spoon

Rice cooker

Gathering Supplies

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The fastest way to cook any recipe is to have your mise in place ready. This will ensure your meal preparation is effortless. I learned this habit while attending culinary school, and it has made cooking a pleasure.

The night before, I sort through my red beans and remove and debris. Next, I place the sorted beans in a colander and rinse them with cold water. Then I transfer the beans to a large bowl and pour enough water over them to cover them; then, I add 2 extra inches of water.
I cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it on the counter overnight. 
 
Red beans and water

Red beans and water

No cajun recipe would be complete without The Holy Trinity of Cajun Cuisine. The holy trinity consists of onions, green peppers, and celery. 

Andouille sausage has the iconic Lousiana’s Cajun seasoning with smoky chunks of pork. 
Note: You can use smoked sausage if you cannot find andouille sausage. 
I like to use my favorite French chef’s knife (I purchased it in 1979) to chop the vegetables and slice the sausages. 
 
Red beans ingredients

Red beans ingredients (mise in place)

Sauteing 

Place two tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven (this is the one I use)—heat oil over medium heat.

Dutch oven with olive oil

Dutch oven with olive oil

Add chopped vegetables, sausage, and garlic to the pan. Saute until the vegetables and sausage are slightly browned.

Saute vegetables and sausage

Saute vegetables and sausage

 

Cooked sausage and vegetables

Cooked sausage and vegetables

Drain the liquid from the soaked beans reserving the liquid in a large measuring cup. Add the beans and ham hock to the dutch oven. 

Place beans on the sauteed vegetables and sausage

Place beans on the sauteed vegetables and sausage

Pour in enough of the reserved bean soaking liquid to cover the beans. 

Note: If you do not have enough liquid, you can substitute chicken broth for the liquid. 

Add the beans and the soaking liquid

Add the beans and the soaking liquid.

After adding the seasoning, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for several hours. Adding more liquid if necessary. 

Seasoned red beans

Seasoned red beans

Cook until the beans are tender.

Note: I use the back of a wooden spoon and press some of the red beans on the sides of the pot to see if they are tender. 

Red beans and rice

Red Beans and Rice

Nothing says New Orleans like a perfectly seasoned bowl of red beans and rice. What a wonderful surprise that this simple pot of thick and creamy red beans and rice was the most flavorful I have ever tasted.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Comfort Food
Keyword: Red beans and rice, red beans and rice recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Soak the beans overnight: 8 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 436kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of red kidney beans
  • 1 Ham hock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

Instructions

  • Sort the beans, then rinse with cold water. Place the beans in the large bowl, cover with water plus two inches. Soak overnight.
  • Place one tablespoon of olive oil In a 5-quart Dutch oven, saute celery, onion, green peppers, sausage, and garlic over medium heat until slightly brown.
  • Add beans, soaking liquid, ham hock, bay leaf, cayenne, cumin to the dutch oven. Additional water if necessary.
  • Simmer for several hours until the beans are soft.
  • Serve over hot fluffy rice. Top with sliced green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 735mg | Potassium: 675mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg
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Serving Suggestions

Ladle the red beans into a chili bowl and top with rice, chopped green onions, and parsley. 

Serve with garlic bread or cornbread. 

For dessert, beignets would be the perfect New Orleans sweet treat.

 

Red beans and rice with andouille sausage

Red beans and rice with andouille sausage

 

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Thank you for your visit today. 

See you soon, 

Kippi

 

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Ev

Saturday 27th of March 2021

Can you freeze it.

Phyllis

Saturday 27th of March 2021

I really like your recipes. They are simple and very informative

Kippi

Sunday 27th of June 2021

Thank you so much! Hugs, Kippi

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