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Vegetarian Cajun Rice

Vegetarian Cajun Rice (Meatless Dirty Rice)

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Brown rice with vegetables dusted with Cajun seasonings, this vegetarian Cajun rice is full of flavor and health benefits. Ready in less than 30 minutes.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium red bell peppers, diced small
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (green part only)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot, add olive oil, and swirl.
  2. Add garlic and onion into the pan, followed by salt, sauté and let the garlic and onion sweat, about 3 minutes. (Note: if you already added salt in your brown rice, omit the salt here.)
  3. Add red bell pepper and celery. Season the vegetables with Cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Combine and continue cooking until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.  
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in cooked brown rice, followed by lemon juice. Combine well with the vegetables. Taste, add more salt or lemon juice if desired.  
  5. Turn off the heat. Stir in chopped parsley and green onions. Serve.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 228
  • Sugar: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 59.1mg
  • Fat: 4.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.8g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Protein: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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