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Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipe… And a TOAD?

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After our stint in New Orleans we wanted to do some red beans and rice. Now there is no way I can make it like locals do, or even how Chris’ grandmother does.

Mainly I want something quick and easy, not something I have to soak the beans overnight and all that jazz. It’s too much pressure.

Here’s a quick and easy red beans and rice recipe for you to check out in your home and all the shortcuts! Plus, this is a great meal that lasts a few days, and coming from someone that doesn’t like leftovers, it reheats nicely.

Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipe


  • 1 package of sausage…I use Johnsonville New Orleans Brand Andouille Recipe
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves diced up
  • Cajun Seasoning, I use Zatarains Creole Seasoning
  • 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2.5 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth (i actually use water and the chicken broth cubes)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans (I use dark red ones)
  • bay leaves (to taste)

1) Cut up sausage into slices and fry up in a pan. I personally pour a tad bit of oil in the pan and heat and then dump the sausage in.

2) Take out the sausage and put it on a plate (That’s my new Oneida plate…it makes dark food look pretty I think).

3) Leave grease in the pan and use that to fry up your chopped onions for about 4 minutes or so.

4) Add in your garlic and creole seasoning to taste… just a pinch will do. It gets salty quickly, so be careful. I give that about a minute and then add in the uncooked white rice right on top of those onions and garlic.

Cooking sausage, onions, and rice to make red beans and rice.

6) Saute up for a few minutes your uncooked rice with the onions and garlic… basically enough time to turn it over and let it get a little brown.

7) Add your broth and kidney beans to the pot. I don’t drain my kidney beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. WATCH YOUR POT or your bottom can burn on the rice. Water evaporates quickly.

Rice browning in a pan and red kidney beans warming for red beans and rice.

About this time, if your house is like my house, something will happen that will pull your attention away.

In my case, this was the point Charlotte walked in with this:

Girl with a toad in her hands.

As she is standing there, it pees on her hand… and the floor. Enter yelling about toad pee. I toss her a towel and tell her to clean it up and please take it back outside.

Poor toad.

Right about now, dinner is sticking to the bottom of the pan because I am not stirring it properly and I have to change pans entirely and pour in some more broth.

So my advice is to tie your kids up and leave them in a closet while you cook dinner.



My real advice is to watch the whole “rice and broth” scenario. Because I had to change pots midstream and readd some water, you might have some small adjustments to that point. Make sure you start out with a deep enough pan or pot. Rice really fluffs up.

8 ) Once your rice is done, remove it from the heat and stir your already cooked up sausage back in. You can let it stand for about 10 minutes to make sure the rice is good and tender. Adding a little parsley or hot sauce is a choice at this point. You Southerners will add hot sauce and you Northerners will add ketchup.

My weakness is french bread, so I broiled up some french bread* to dip with it too!

(*hey not claiming this is a healthy meal…just a hearty one!)

I wanted to point out that Oneida sent us a set of these beautiful new dishes to test out. Our last dishes, which were just Walmart brand, have been chipped, broken, dropped, and lost and I took the risk on Oneida with their new Porcelain line and have been pleasantly surprised.  Personally, I hear “porcelain” and think of a grandmother, but truly Charlotte’s eating on the same plates we are with no troubles.

It’s like porcelain for the modern era!

Cooking sausage and rice then adding red beans to make red beans and rice.
Finished red beans and rice on an Oneida porcelain plate.

They are microwave safe (and yes, we have used ourselves there…we did reheat this meal last night) and I have thrown in the dishwasher 7 days this week with no chips or cracks as of yet.

I also think they make the meals look pretty.

I realize that sounds petty, but our old dishes were brown, more of a Chinese kinda of feel, and I didn’t realize how much lighter and happier our meals looked till I served one of us with these Tranquility Blue dishes and one plate with the old ones last night.

It’s the small things, right?

Red beans and rice on Oneida porcelain plates with french bread on the side.

My only tip on the back end is you will have a lot of food. Now keep in mind that we are a family of three, and one of those three won’t touch this kind of stuff.  I’ll give you 1 hint on which one of us prefers PB&J to Creole.

But if you plan on reheating, you may want to add more of the sausage on the front end. Maybe 2 packages of sausage are better.

I also think you could add some lean ground beef if you wanted or even use ground sausage.

Either way, it was yum.

Happy Cooking!

Oh and if you want healthy recipes, you are in the wrong spot. 😉

Red beans and rice from start to finish. A plate with red beans and rice and French toast on the side.

19 thoughts on “Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipe… And a TOAD?”

  1. I love me some Johnsonville sausage! I haven’t tried red bean and rice. I’m a MN girl and only know it from Baby Got Back. 🙂 hehehehe I’m not sure I would add ketchup though. My hubby would be all about the hot sauce.

  2. Oh YUM! I’m making that tonight. And 2 servings of chicken strips because we’ve got our own members who won’t appreciate Creole 🙂

  3. Would you have guessed I’ve NEVER had red beans and rice before? Yeah, I know … not shocking. I’ve never been a huge fan of kidney beans, I even pick them out of my chili but this actually sounds really good with the sausage mixed in there. How spicy is that cajun seasoning?

    • The seasoning is relatively mild. You can add it on chicken for a salad, that kind of thing. I wouldnt call it too spice it all.

      And its a shame..no red beans and rice? I bet B could give you a real old fashioned NOLA recipe where you boil the beans and all that.

  4. That looks really good, I love the Johnsonville sausage, they make the BEST flavors. I agree with Kim, your dishes are purdy. You made me laugh so loud that I woke up the dogs with the comment about advising us to tie up the kids or put them in the closet… been there/done that!

  5. As a Northerner, I took offense to the ketchup comment.* As an easily distracted Mom, I am more likely to add the toad pee.

    *not really, Love your blog!

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