Instant Pot Bojangles Dirty Rice–a copycat recipe of the restaurant’s flavorful rice dish with sausage, seasonings and bell pepper.
Instant Pot Bojangles Dirty Rice
Dirty rice is known for its bold flavors and is often spicy, with a slightly smoky taste (although this can be increased or decreased depending on how you like it). Dirty rice gets a lot of flavor from sausage and the spices that are added into it. It’s called dirty rice because the sausage and spices give the rice a distinctive “dirty” appearance. If you’re a fan of flavor and smokiness you’re going to love this Instant Pot version of dirty rice. Plus by making it in the Instant Pot you’ll save yourself from doing extra dishes and you’ll save time (only a 3 minute pressure cook time!).
You can serve this dirty rice as a main dish (pair it with a salad or vegetables) or you can also serve it as a side dish (alongside fried chicken, corn and beans). It’s up to you! We loved this rice and thought the flavor was spot on! Not too spicy and not bland at all.
- Ground breakfast sausage–I used Jimmy Dean brand
- Onion–fresh or frozen
- Garlic–fresh or jarred
- Chicken broth–or water and Better than Bouillon
- Converted rice–Don’t confuse converted rice (or sometimes it is called parboiled rice) with pre-cooked or minute rice. Parboiled rice has been processed in its husk by soaking, steaming, and drying. As a result, all the nutrients from the husk are absorbed into the grain before it’s removed. The starch content alters in the process, making cooked parboiled rice less sticky than regular white rice. The rice kernels aren’t clumpy and glued together instead they are more separated. I found a bag of parboiled rice at Walmart next to the normal long grain white rice. Sometimes I buy it at Winco in the bulk section. I have also found it in the orange box (Ben’s brand) next to other rices.
- Cayenne pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Black pepper
- Red pepper–or green bell pepper
Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the sausage and break it up. Add in the onions. Brown for about 5 minutes. Drain off excess grease. Add in the garlic and stir it in.
Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
Sprinkle in the rice, cayenne, paprika, pepper
…and finally the bell pepper. Don’t stir.
Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
Stir. Serve and enjoy!
- Can I use another type of rice? Yes you can. Use the green chart below to see cooking times as well as broth to rice ratio. If you’re using a 3 minute or less pressure cook time you can add the bell pepper in at the beginning. If you are making a rice that takes a long time (like brown rice) you will probably want to stir the bell pepper in after the pressure cooking time is over so it doesn’t get mushy.
- Variation: Try adding in a half cup of diced celery with the onions.
- If you’re a fan of heat try serving this with a few drops of hot sauce on top. You can also adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less cayenne pepper.
- Dirty rice is commonly served as a side dish or a main course. If you’d like to serve something on the side consider corn on the cob, cornbread, fried chicken, vegetables, salad or beans (red beans or black beans are great).
- This recipe is gluten free (check your broth label).
- I used my 6 quart Instant Pot*. You can also make this in a 3 or 8 quart pot.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container* in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Other recipes you can make with converted rice are Instant Pot Sunshine Chicken and Instant Pot Spanish Rice With Beef.
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Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice
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Instant Pot Popeye’s Cajun Rice
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A copycat recipe of the restaurant’s flavorful rice dish with sausage, seasonings and bell pepper.
- 1 pound ground breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups converted rice
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 red or green bell pepper, cored and diced
- Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the sausage and break it up. Add in the onions. Brown for about 5 minutes. Drain off excess grease. Add in the garlic and stir it in.
- Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
- Sprinkle in the rice, cayenne, paprika, pepper and finally the bell pepper. Don’t stir.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir. Serve and enjoy!
- Category: Sausage
- Method: Instant Pot
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