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Charleston Red Rice Recipe

Charleston Red Rice

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Bring the rice, water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in the pan. Reduce heat to medium. Drain the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels; crumble the bacon once cooled enough to handle.
  4. Cook and stir the onions in the reserved bacon drippings until translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the crumbled bacon, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce; bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon the cooked rice into the prepared baking dish and stir the tomato-bacon mixture into the rice until evenly combined.
  5. Cover the dish and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 10, 2011

This was an easy 5 stars with a few adjustments. I added a can of diced tomatoes to go with all that tomato flavor. It seemed like it was really missing something as far as herbs or spices so I also added Cajun seasoning. Since I scaled it down, instead of fractioning a dash of hot sauce, I used red pepper flakes. Will definitely make this again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 15, 2010

Its a good recipe but I like dishes with a bit more kick. I made it a second time with a dash of ground red pepper and a handful of shakes of extra hot hot sauce over the pan. Kicks it up nicely.


19 Ratings

Nov 04, 2010

I love this recipe, not sure why there are not more reviews, this is a great rice dish

Nov 24, 2011

I love this rice recipe i cant wait to try it thats the only thing i cant make is red rice i will let you know how it comes out

Jan 13, 2012

Where I'm from (which is bout and hour south of Charleston), we have this dish for every family function.

May 12, 2012

This recipe is authentic, easy and delicious. Red rice can be dry but this is moist every time and the variations are endless. I've added refrigerator odds and ends from chopped bell pepper to leftover oven fried cod pieces. It's forgiving and my husband loves it and wants it once a week. A keeper! Thanks for the recipe.

Oct 27, 2014

This is an excellent recipe! I add celery and cook it along with the onion because it is what my mother, a Charlestonian, always added.

Mar 22, 2014

This recipe is delicious. Reminds me so much of my mom's recipe. The only changes I made was subbing sausage for bacon (personal preference), I doubled the tomato sauce & I added some salt and pepper. I've made this 3 times now and there's never been any left!


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  • Calories
  • 331 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 10.1 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 8.1 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 1388 mg
  • 56%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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