Cajun Stir Fry
Ever find yourself with a ton of staples like rice and beans and you never get around to cooking them? That has been happening to me lately. It is economical to buy and cook dried beans but it is tempting to purchase canned beans too since it saves you time.
I’ll be the first to admit that my Cajun game is not strong- I’m still working to master the spices typically found in Cajun recipes. But like any stir fry, seasonings are purely by taste. This means lots of hot sauce for Shay. And none for Shan 🙂
Shay’s Way is pretty much the same as mine except for the Tony Chachere’s seasoning, hot sauce, and the sausage.
Cajun Stir Fry
- 1 lb kielbasa or andouille sausage
- About 3 cups cooked rice
- 2 cups cooked red beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 cup celery
- 1 onion
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 3 cloves of garlic plus garlic powder to taste
- Tony Chachere’s to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dash of paprika
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Dash of Louisiana hot sauce
I cooked my rice in the rice cooker so it was nice and fluffy. I used brown rice but you can use whatever kind you have. I also overnight soaked and cooked my dried red beans in the slow cooker on low for about 8 hours the previous day. If you are using canned beans, 1 or 2 cans will be sufficient.
Dice your vegetables and saute in olive oil and garlic in a Dutch oven. Add your seasonings (except for TC’s if you’re gluten free), rice, and beans. Stir everything together and cook until hot. Taste and adjust seasonings as appropriate. In a separate little skillet, I sliced up the sausage and sauteed it with a little garlic. The sausage came fully cooked but I wanted to sear it a little since a little carcinogen never hurt anyone. Once the sausage started to brown, I took out my portion of the rice/beans and added the sauce into the Dutch oven. Then, I added the Tony Chachere’s (since it’s not labeled as gluten free) and hot sauce. Around this time, Shay came to test taste and doused additional Louisiana hot sauce. Hot sauce runs through his veins. Ketchup runs through mine.
Well there you have it! I would definitely love to try out more authentic Cajun recipes. I have a recipe or two I would love to make from when I was younger but need to retest it to ensure it’s gluten free!!
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