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Cajun Stir Fry: Spicy Cajun Fried Rice With Skrimps, Sausage And Steak

Cajun Stir Fry: Spicy Cajun Fried Rice With Skrimps, Sausage And Steak

Got leftover rice? Love “stir fries”? The quotations are there because I, like many others, forgo the wok and use a flaming hot skillet to make my quick stir fries and have had great results in doing so. Making a successful stir fry comes down to timing. The main “cookin” is done before the heat is even applied to the pan. Having everything prepped up and ready to go makes everything run smoother when your ingredients are lined up (like lil’ soldiers) in the order that they go into the sizzlin’ hot pan).

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I’ve made quite the memorable meal with leftover rice. Making a breakfast scramble using hot bacon fat as my fry oil of choice or sesame oil to do an Asian rice dish or plain ol’ olive oil even. The possibilities are endless.

Most recipes call for a medium grain rice when making a stir fry but I’ve had great success with white rice. My favorite go to rice at the moment is Jasmine rice. It has a lovely fragrant smell (almost like popcorn popping) when it’s cooking and is very versatile in most recipes.

I find that using leftover rice does the best for frying because the grain has been allowed to dry out a bit and doesn’t absorb the hot oil as much as using fresh rice. I’ve also found that the rice tends to be less sticky due to the decreased moisture content.

With this recipe I used 2 1/2 cups of cooked cold Jasmine rice. Before frying, use your fingers to gently break up any clumps that may have formed in the rice.

Cajun Seasoning Mix is typically paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, and a mix of dried of herbs such as oregano and thyme, as well as salt and pepper. When I make my own I usually leave out the salt and pepper so that I can add more heat (if needed) to a dish without adding more salt. But that’s really up to you- the cook! For this recipe I used a store bought brand which had the salt included in the mix. To control the salt content I didn’t add anymore salt until the rice was cooked and mixed with the vegetables. Then I tasted it and adjusted the seasoning as needed. Just remember, you can always add seasoning, but you can’t take it away!

Let’s get started!

Cajun Stir Fry

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 oz. bell peppers, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • 2 1/2 cups to 3 cups leftover cooked Jasmine rice fried rice lilchefchic

  • 4 to 5 ounces Smoked Sausage, chopped in 1/4 inch pieces

  • 8 ounces shrimp, cleaned

  • 8 ounces sirloin steak

  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning Mix, of your choice, divided

  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

  • Olive Oil, about 3-4 Tablespoons

  • Butter, about 2 Tablespoons

I use two pans for this recipe. One pan is a stainless steel pan I use for searing and sauteing. The other is a 9 inch nonstick. I sear the steak first and let it rest and then turn the heat down a notch, add some whole butter, and then sear the shrimp.

In the metal pan turn heat to medium high heat. Once hot, add about 1 tablespoon olive oil followed by 1 tablespoon butter. Season steak on both sides liberally with salt and pepper. Sear steak on each side until cooked to your liking. I like mine medium rare so for a smaller 1/2″ thick sirloin I cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove steak from pan and turn down heat to moderate heat. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan and cook shrimp for about 3 minutes total. In the video below you can see I’ve cooked them lightly on both sides and then flipped them on their belly to finish them off for about 30 seconds before removing to a plate.

In the nonstick pan add about 1/2 Tablespoon of oil with your smoked sausage. I used a blend of chicken, pork and beef sausage for this recipe but if you’re using all pork you can skip the extra oil because of the high fat content in the sausage. Cook sausage on medium heat until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove sausage from pan and add onions and peppers. Cook for about a minute before adding in 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Continuing to stir, cook for 2 minutes and add in garlic and continue cooking (and stirring) until garlic is fragrant and onions are translucent. Remove vegetables to plate. Add one tablespoon oil to pan and add in remaining 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Stir seasoning in pan for about 30 seconds just to toast it a bit and now add your rice. Cook rice and coat in oil and seasoning until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in cooked vegetables.

Taste the rice and adjust the seasoning to your liking, adding more salt or more spices. Plate up Cajun rice. Thinly slice your rested steak and place on top of rice along with cooked shrimp.


What does your family do with leftover rice? Do you have any tried and true recipe favorites that you love making with leftover rice, or leftovers in general? Leave me a comment below!:)

18 thoughts on “Cajun Stir Fry: Spicy Cajun Fried Rice With Skrimps, Sausage And Steak”

  • I love reading your recipes! They always sound so yummy and make me hungry.

    I like the cajun seasoning too! I usually used a bottled teriyaki and it’s getting old so I definitely will be changing that up!

    Thank you for the thorough instructions on how to make this dish!


  • Jennifer,
    You had me at fried rice and shrimp. I am so hungry right now but it is late in my part of the states. I am going to make this in the next couple of days. Cooking is such an art and you have an incredible talent.

    • Laura:))) Thanks for the sweet comment. You can always tell when someone loves what they do.. it shows!:) Thanks for visiting my site!

  • Wow! A lot of descriptive, detailed information on your Cajun Stir Fry. I love Cajun food. I think even I could cook up a successful dish by following your instruction, and I am far from a chef. You really know your stuff. Now, I have to head to the kitchen as my appetite has suddenly increased. I look forward to your next recipe. Thanks for sharing. Tom

  • Oh my Gosh, you made me hungry and craving for this stir fry! It reminds me of a great meal we ate at hibachi restaurant several weeks ago. The smell and the taste were just great. I’m sure your recipe doesn’t fall behind the restaurant quality food.
    I’m going to make it on weekend!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi Mary:) Yeah the smell is pretty much to die for. Thank you for commenting and enjoy this super simple recipe!

  • So many great ideas! I usually don’t have any leftovers because I’m on a budget and don’t afford to throw anything. I know my family is throwing leftovers, and that bothers me very much. I will definitely make them reconsider what I’ve learned from your post! 🙂

    Sometimes I ask myself what is wrong with them. They ask what they gonna make for dinner, while their freezer is loaded. Well, maybe it’s I’m whos weird. Hehe

    Great Post!

    • You’re not weird at at! I know you can afford some leftover rice for this recipe Oystein because rice is super budget friendly. lol. I know steak and shrimp are on the more expensive side of the menu so you can always substitute in chicken. Hope you get a chance to try it and come back for more ideas:)!

  • This cajun stir-fry recipie looks scrumptious! 🙂 I don’t always like shrimp, but, maybe if I substitute it with chicken… at any rate, great article, I will have to try this recipe out! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • What a delicious looking meal Jennifer! I don’t cook very often these days due to simply not having the time. But when I do I like stir fry type of dishes. They are so easy to make from what ever you have left over or lying in the fridge. I just might have to try this dish with your complete recipe, the shrimp looks so darn good (man I”m hungry…). I try to avoid red meat due to ethical and health reasons but I’m not a strict vegetarian or vegan by any means so I might replace the beef with something else or use organic grass fed beef. Love reading about delicious food so keep up the good work!

    • Thanks Jukka! I understand the not having time thing..beeeeelieve me! Lol. Oh, you could definitely sub in chicken for the steak in this, or just do the shrimp. I also understand keeping your red meat intake on the low too. This was definitely a splurgy meal..even with the leftover rice! lol

  • Gosh, that food looks very appetizing; I’m already salivating.
    I love that you complimented your post with a video.
    It gave me a mental representation of what the shrimp should look like.
    I enjoyed reading your post.
    I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    • Hi Pearl:) Me, my post, and the shrimp thank you! Please let me know if you get a a chance to try it:)

  • Wow, as an Asian I am a big fan of rice especially when it comes to fried rice that’s my first love food. I love the idea of all the ingredients and seasonings I love shrimps, beef and vegetables.. they look so yummy of overall combination makes me so hungry now lol. because of this I bookmark this page and will plan to follow this recipe. thank you for sharing for this.

    • Thanks so much Cherilyn. I’m a big fan of rice myself, especially being from the south. Please, please come back and let me know if you tried it:)

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