Copycat Popeye’s Dirty Rice

We used to have a Popeye’s in my neighborhood, but unfortunately it closed.  I always loved the side dishes that they offered.  This recipe for Popeye’s Dirty Rice could not be more quick and easy!  Cook this up with some fried chicken, and you will be set!

1lb Spicy breakfast sausage
1/2 cup long grain rice
1 (14oz) can of clear chicken broth
1 tsp dry minced onion

Brown the sausage in a skillet until cooked through.  As it cooks, crumble the sausage with a fork.
Stir in the broth, rice and minced onion.
Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender.  Most of the broth should be absorbed.

22 thoughts on “Copycat Popeye’s Dirty Rice

  1. C.Paul Schultz says:

    A few years back we introduced some friends
    to Popeye’s Dirty Rice and they went GaGa over the taste. Since I was raised in good
    old New Orleans, I had many times eaten
    Popeye’s Dirty Rice.The previous owner and
    originator of Popeye’s from New Orleans knew
    a good thing when he opened his first Popeye’s and had Dirty Rice as an offering.
    As the Cajuns say”Teu parle bon!” Talk about

  2. CAT says:

    Does anyone have the copycat receipe to popeyes gravy??? I LOVE that gravy!!!
    Please let me know. Tell Ron to put it in his emailing.

  3. Kathern Thomas says:

    I made this recipe and it was horrible. I get popeyes at least 3 times a month. This recipe is no where near their dirty rice. I couldnt eat it.

  4. margeann says:

    I heard Popeyes chicken is the best. Does anyone have the recipe? If so please share. Thanks.

  5. Billie says:

    Thanks for this recipe. We love Popeye’s Fried Chicken. Would you also have the recipe for their Green Beans?
    They have the best I’ve ever had.


  6. Brad says:

    I think Popeyes red beans and rice is the best, what would that dish taste like with sausage? Do you have the read beans and rice receipe?

  7. JL says:

    Popeye’s manager told me years ago there was no pork in their dirty rice. The majority of the recipes on the web, including this one have pork…???

  8. Kent says:

    Do you really want to know what they use in cajun/dirty rice at Popeyes? Most authentic recipes call for ground chicken gizzards. I’ve always eaten Popeye’s rice under the assumption that’s what they use in theirs.

  9. cooldru2 says:

    I made this rice . It was no dirty rice. I made another with more ingredients and it was’nt good either.

  10. TKnLrock says:

    JL you are absolutely right. I worked at a Popeye’s two years ago and they do not use pork in their Dirty Rice. It is ground beef – not sausage. And not ground chicken gizzards either Kent. And it is just 4 ingredients. The real secret is rinsing that rice!! We would spend hours rinsing the rice in the evenings until the rinse water ran crystal clear. Letting it sit in the cooler overnight drying out and then cooking it the next day with the other 3 ingredients.

  11. Janis says:

    If KNLrock knows what the other 3 ingredients are, could you tell us. In making good fried rice, cooked rice should sit in the refridge overnite. Makes all the difference in the world.
    So if it is ground beef, washed rice, not pork or gizzards, what are the 2 other ingredients?

  12. TKnLrock says:

    To Janis, the other 2 ingredients are just as the above recipe says: clear chicken broth and dry minced onions. But each location was given the option of adding a sprinkle of black pepper depending on the customer locale preference.

  13. Thekla says:

    I’m also looking for a recipe for their red beans and rice. Living in Germany now…a very long way away from good rice and beans!

  14. John says:

    Have been eating Popeyes dirty rice for years and have always thought it was made with finely chopped chicken livers (not gizzards). Livers are definitely more plentiful, and have the right texture and taste. Pork sausage? I don’t think so. I was surprised to see that as the main meat ingrediant in so many online recipes. I think I would start with chicken livers if I were to attempt this recipe. The question is how to prepare them. Maybe just lightly sauteed with some cajun spices in a skillet?

  15. Janis says:

    If you do chicken livers, you need to chop them very fine. I have used a verticle whip, (boat motor) and ground them very fine. Then I fried them in the pan with onions and seasonings. Again, the main focus should be the wash the rice b4 cooking it so the water is clear. Cook the rice and leave in the fridge overnite to dry out. Makes all the difference in the world. If you prepare chinese fried rice, you should do the same.

  16. Francheska says:

    I made this tonight with some spicy deer sausage! It was good but I added some Cajun seasoning too it as well. Not extractly like Popeyes but its not bad at all. Just try adding some Cajun seasoning. I also poured Tabasco on mine in the bowl. 😉

  17. I love the dirty rice too but the recipe here is missing some ingredients…there are some spices in the rice that I could not identify, actually there was sort of a stick thing (from the spices) that got left in my rice but it has a different flavor from the spices that they add and there’s also bits of green pepper that I could identify that was in my rice. I really wish I could get the real recipe because I absolutely love it and as far as the chicken livers I agree really taste to me like they are included

  18. Tena says:

    Here is a Copycat version of Popeye’s Red Beans & Rice:

    1/4 cup bacon grease (or you could render the fat from 2 lbs ham hocks)

    2 15 oz cans red beans

    1/2 cup water

    1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    dash garlic powder

    dash onion powder

    Combine bacon grease with one can of beans with liquid in saucepan. Add the water & the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes. Use a potato masher to smash beans into paste. Add entire contents of the other can of beans to the mixture, stir and cook an additional 10 minutes until thick.

    Serve 1/2 cup beans with 1/2 cup cooked rice.

    Makes 4 servings

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