Smoked Sausage and Rice is such an easy one pan, flavor packed dinner recipe!  This 30 minute dinner can be made with your favorite sausage, peppers, rice, and seasonings!

smoked sausage and rice

Smoked Sausage and Rice:

Another mouthwatering, seriously easy, one pan dinner for the win!  I love how hearty this one is!  It’s so filling and really flavorful, and easy to change up spices/seasonings to your own preference too.  I think you guys have spoken and we know you love our Smoked Sausage Pasta one pan meal, so it was definitely time for another sausage recipe to hit the blog!  We really love to use rice around here because it’s so versatile like our Dirty Rice and One Pot Chicken and Rice recipe.  Something easy for a weeknight to keep the whole family happy!  If you wanted another veggie to go along with this I’d pop some Roasted Green Beans in the oven and call it good!  Bonus tip, this reheats really well so store leftovers in the fridge and you can get some weekday lunches out of this meal too!

sausage and rice recipe skillet

Sausage and Rice Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe does call for cayenne pepper but it is just the right amount of heat for us!  If you are worried about it being too spicy, add your cayenne at the end.  Or, you can substitute with a bit of Cajun seasonings instead.  If using store bought Cajun/Creole seasoning we like Slap Ya Mama or Tony Chachere’s brands the best.
  • I used a green pepper as you can see in the photos, but use any pepper you have on hand!  Any color you like is fine!  You can also add in a little diced jalapeno if you like things really spicy!
  • Another great addition to change this one up a bit is to add some cheese!  You could use any shredded (bagged or fresh) cheese that you like.   I think a cheddar blend or even parmesan are really good in this.
  • I just used regular smoked sausage for this recipe.  Beef, turkey, or pork smoked sausage are fine.  You can also use Andouille if you want!  Keep in mind that smoked sausage comes fully cooked.
  • I prefer to use long grain white rice here.  If using brown rice keep in mind that it needs more liquid, and longer cook time.  For brown rice I would add in about 1 1/4 cups more broth, and increase the steaming time to 35-40 minutes.

smoked sausage and rice in a bowl



5 from 33 votes

Smoked Sausage and Rice

Smoked Sausage and Rice is such an easy one pan, flavor packed dinner recipe!  This 30 minute dinner can be made with your favorite sausage, peppers, rice, and seasonings!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 Cup Diced white onion
  • 1 Cup thinly sliced bell pepper
  • 2 Cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 14-oz Package smoked sausage, sliced into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ Cups long grain white rice rinsed and drained
  • 2 Cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Cup of tomato sauce


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat then add the onion and cook until soft.
  • Add the green pepper, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and stir and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the green pepper is tender but still crispy.
  • Add the sausage and cook for another 3-4 minutes to allow the sausage to become fragrant.
  • Stir in the rice and toast it for 5-6 minutes then pour in the chicken broth and tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  • Bring the broth to a boil then reduce the heat to low medium and cover with a lid.
  • Let it steam for 18-20 minutes or until there is very little moisture left in the pan and the rice is cooked through.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for 5-6 minutes then fluff the rice and serve with freshly minced parsley.



NOTE FOR BROWN RICE:  If using brown rice you will need to add at least 1 Cup more chicken broth and increase the steaming time to 40 minutes total.
NOTE ON ADDITIONS:  If you don't like cayenne, sub in 1 teaspoon or more of Cajun seasoning to taste.  You can stir in 1 Cup of your favorite shredded cheese at the very end to make this a cheesy dish!


Serving: 1Cup, Calories: 181kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 26mg, Potassium: 121mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This was not only really good but it was also quick and easy. If you are sensitive to spice though, don’t add a teaspoon of cayenne like the recipe says. Unfortunately I can’t eat spicy foods like I used to and my daughter thinks everything is spicy, so I only added 1/4 teaspoon to cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. It was still “too spicy” for my daughter. To me, it had a nice heat, without my body hating me for it later lol. Either way, it’s a great recipe that you can make as mild or as spicy as you want. I’m glad I found another recipe I can add to my busy week night collection.

    1. I miss the days I could actually eat all of that spice. I love spicy foods, but they don’t love me. I had to cut the cayenne pepper down to only 1/4 teaspoon lol. I bet the addition of jalapeños was delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Lots of flavor. It was pretty spicy though, and I can tolerate a lot of spice. Definitely too spicy for my little ones. Will try it with half the spice next time.

    1. I cut the cayenne down to adding only 1/4 teaspoon and only added half the pepper…and my daughter still said it was too spicy. I mixed in a little sour cream to her bowl and a few sprinkles of cheese and saved the day lol.

  3. 5 stars
    This was very good and satisfying. I used the cayenne and added a small can of diced tomatoes with habaneros since I didn’t have tomato sauce. It definitely had some heat, and it was delicious!

    1. 5 stars
      This was easy and delicious! I will however say that it was way too spicy for me!!! I will probably only put 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp. of Cayenne Pepper the next time I make it. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This is so good! I have a 2 and 5 year old and they both cleaned their plates and wanted seconds! I made it twice this week because we enjoyed it so much. So easy to make with pantry staples.

  5. 5 stars
    This is so easy and delicious! We loved it! I tend to make a lot of meals on Sunday to prep for the week and this will be in the rotation. I imagine it will be just as good reheated. Lots of flavor in this dish and this recipe makes a big meal!

  6. 5 stars
    First time making this tonight. Delicious! I added fresh broccoli florets during the last 10 minutes to incorporate more veggies. Thanks for a great recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Easy and good!!! Used Cajun sausage and only 1/2 cayenne seasoning. Delish! Thanks for an easy 1 pot dinner.