Recipe: Sausage, Shrimp, and Quinoa Dirty Rice

This delicious and easy sausage, shrimp, and quinoa recipe brings the tastes of New Orleans to your dinner table with a healthy twist. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods and has almost twice as much fiber as other whole grains, making it a filling and satisfying addition to any meal. If you’re not crazy about quinoa however, feel free to use rice in this recipe instead. This is another kid-approved dinner!

Sausage, Shrimp and Quinoa Dirty Rice

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1-1/3 cup

Sausage, Shrimp and Quinoa Dirty Rice

Sausage, Shrimp, And Quinoa Dirty Rice


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (you could also use canola oil)
  • 16 ounces mild breakfast sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 (10-oz.) pkg. chopped onion, pepper, and celery blend
  • 12 oz. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 cups cooked red quinoa


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage to pot and stir to crumble as it cooks until browned and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add vegetables to pot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tender and onions are slightly translucent. Drain grease.
  2. Add shrimp, Cajun seasoning, and sweet paprika to sausage mixture in pot; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir quinoa into mixture; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until shrimp are done (they will turn pink) and quinoa is heated through.


This recipe is a modification of the original recipe by: Emily Nabors Hall, Cooking Light, July 2016

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