rice and red beans

various dates

Rice and red beans is a Louisiana / Cajun dish where rice is cooked with red beans and the typical Cajun spice mix which turns the sauce dark brown.

The pre-packaged version by chef Kaitlin used to be my favorite item at the Dollartree store until they stopped carrying it. The only one I can still find in this area is Zatarain's, but that one has a different spice mix and I don't like it nearly as well.

a. boiled rice


Boiling rice is easy, but you do need to read the instructions on the package for the required amount of water and the recommended cooking time. Parboiled rice can be as short as 5 minutes, regular rice as much as 30 minutes.

I usually try to use the correct amount of water, so that there is no liquid left by the time the rice is fully cooked. It is possible to use extra liquid, e.g. if you want to use the rice broth as a base for sauce.

When using boil-in-a-bag rice, use enough water to fully submerge the bag. Just remember: the more water you use, the more flavor you'll be pouring down the drain.


This is what you need for 2-3 servings:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2-3 cups water
  • S&P, spices of your choice


internet pictures

Pic1: pour water
Pic2: add rice
Pic3: simmer

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Pic4: strain
Pic5: cover, rest
Pic6: fluff

b. rice and red beans

Cooking method is the same as above if you use a pre-packaged mix where the beans have been parboiled.

If you prepare this from scratch, better cook the beans separately to be sure they're fully cooked without overcooking your rice.


2019-05-17 a.o.

Pic7: cooking
Pic8: with pork loin
Pic9: with tuna steaks