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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice


"Authentic Cajun flavor! I grew up in Louisiana and love red beans and rice; these are just like I remember. Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick. My family loved to splash a little cider vinegar in each bowl."
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11 h 30 m servings 630 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 630 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 24.2 g
  • 37%
  • Carbs:
  • 79.1g
  • 26%
  • Protein:
  • 24 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 604 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.

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Cajun-country reviewer here to say this is about as authentic as it gets, though technically a Cajun home cook doesn't use recipes or measurements. According to Louisiana tradition this would b...

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ok, i live in metairie which is 10 minutes from new orleans and i have a recipe for red beans but i am always looking for new addition or techniques. This recipe was followed exactly. This reci...

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Cajun-country reviewer here to say this is about as authentic as it gets, though technically a Cajun home cook doesn't use recipes or measurements. According to Louisiana tradition this would b...

The andouille is a MUST for this to be authentic, Jacob's world famous andouille ships and is worth it when you can't get it locally. Also try vegetable oil instead of olive oil, it gives a diff...

Everyone loved this. We made it vegetarian-friendly... instead of water, I used veggie broth; instead of sausage, I used veggie sausage crumbles. You couldn't even tell because there are so ma...

This dish was absolutely delicious and packed full of flavor. With any have to make it your own. A little of this and a little of that goes a long way. Of course it needs

Awesome recipe! Very authentic, and I'm from the south. I decreased the oil to 2 Tbl. to cut down on the fat, decreased the cayenne pepper to 1/4 tsp. (just personal preference), and used the ...

A little tip from someone who was born, raised and still lives in south Louisiana... instead of oil, brown the sausage and saute the trinity in the rendered pork fat from the sausage! You'll ne...

This was about as authentic as I have had outside of NO! Only difference was I used chicken STOCK (not broth) which made for a more flavorful dish. Definitely worth making!

This was awesome. I thought i would never be able to duplicate grams red beans and rice! Nothing i tried came close to her cajun cookin. The only thin i did different was to smash the beans agai...

YES. but,, The other tradition is that a ham was served for Sunday dinner (OBTW Sunday dinner is served about 2:00 in the afternoon on Sunday) and on Monday morning the remaining ham and ham bon...