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Overhead of seafood rice on a white plate with lemon wedges.

Seafood Rice

Seafood Rice is a spicy, one-pan meal filled with rice, smoked sausage and seafood. It’s a Cajun twist on paella that’s more budget friendly!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Cajun/Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 531kcal


  • 1 pound mixed seafood frozen
  • ½ pound smoked sausage sliced
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 ½ cups chicken or seafood stock low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • fresh lemon
  • chopped green onions


  • Sauté the sausage in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until caramelized around the edges. Remove and set aside.
  • Melt the butter and add the green pepper, garlic and onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until softened and fragrant.
  • Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken (or seafood) stock, Cajun seasoning, salt and sausage back in and bring to a boil.
  • Add the rice and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and add the frozen mixed seafood, gently stirring it in.
  • Replace the lid and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Serve topped with chopped green onions and drizzled with fresh lemon juice.


  1. If necessary, you can substitute another type of rice in place of the long-grain. You may just need to adjust the cook time and liquid to rice ratio.
  2. If you’re not using homemade or low sodium chicken broth, you may wish to reduce the amount of salt you add to the rice.
  3. If you like your seafood rice spicier, add a little extra cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  4. You can use any kind of mix of frozen seafood you prefer. If you’d like to use fresh or a single variety of seafood, you can do that too.
  5. For the smoked sausage, you can use any kind you like. Chorizo or andouille sausage will also work.
  6. In place of the dry white wine, you can just use more broth.
  7. You can substitute the green pepper for red, yellow or orange pepper. It will just add a sweeter taste to the rice.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 884IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg