For those who love dirty rice but hate the carbs, Instant Pot cauliflower dirty rice gives you the yummy taste of dirty rice without all the carbs.
While some people might see using cauliflower as sacrilege in this traditional recipe, for those of us who need to reduce the carbs, cauliflower rice is a way to enjoy some of our favorite foods again.
The trick is to get your liquid ratios right.
If you don’t, you wind up with a weird kind of cauliflower and sausage soup.
Don’t ask how I know this.
Just like my regular Instant Pot Dirty Rice recipe, this recipe is written as a side dish, but you can easily add shredded chicken, Andouille sausage, kielbasa and vegetables and make it a full meal.
The history of dirty rice
When I started researching the history of dirty rice, I got frustrated.
I wasn’t surprised to find out that the meat originally used in dirty rice was organ mean from a chicken, namely the gizzard, heart and liver.
I wasn’t surprised to find out that dirty rice originated in the Cajun and Creole traditions in southern Louisiana, where rice grows easily.
What did surprise me was the attitude that this “poor people food” was looked at as if was somehow less than in some way.
Beans and rice are eaten around the world by all classes of people.
A condescending attitude toward that shows a serious lack of understanding of world cuisine in my opinion.
I have eaten in some very expensive restaurants that serve dirty rice, and its delicious cousin Jambalaya.
Oh my goodness.
This meal is a such treat.
I’ve had it with chicken, sausage, shrimp and a variety of vegetables.
You can get a quick recipe for Jambalaya by watching the Cajun cook, Justin Wilson here.
You’ll love him. I guarantee!
Now, back to the dirty rice.
Tips for successful Instant Pot Dirty Rice
As I said before, the important thing, especially when using cauliflower instead of rice is to get your liquid ratios right.
You also want to get your ingredients properly prepped.
If you’re not prepared, everything can go wrong quickly and ruin your dish.
Here are a some tips to make sure your Instant pot cauliflower dirty rice is as close to the original as possible.
- Assemble all of your ingredients in the order that you will use them.
- Pre-measure your liquid. It’s worth the effort. Trust me on this.
- Peel and dice your onion.
- Chop your celery and green pepper.
- Mince the garlic.
- If possible, cook with someone and have them read the recipe to you as you cook because cooking is more fun with people and then you won’t skip any steps, not that I’ve ever done that (cough cough yes I have).
- If you’re cooking this on your own, read through the entire recipe before you start cooking. There are several steps, and I write recipes as if people are brand new to electric pressure cooking.
- Have fun. Using your Instant Pot is a skill I believe anyone can learn and master with practice. Everyone who cooks well has messed up big time and thrown a meal in the garbage. If you mess up, there’s always the drive thru, but if you follow the steps here, you shouldn’t need that, at least tonight.
Let’s get cooking!
- 1 1/2 lb bulk sausage
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1 small diced green pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tbs Creole Seasoning
- 1tsp dried thyme
- 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 - 1 Tbs hot sauce, to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 16 ounces of cauliflower rice
- 1/4 cup chicken or beef stock
- 2 bay leaves
- Chopped parsley and green onion for garnish, optional
- Select Saute on your Instant Pot and add your sausage.
- Cook until all the sausage has browned, breaking then meat into smaller and smaller piece as you cook.
- When the sausage is browned, add onion, celery and bell pepper.
- Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
- At this point, you can choose to drain off the grease or incorporate into your dish.
- Add the cauliflower rice, chicken/beef broth, and stir scraping the bottom of the pot until any brown bits are incorporated.
- Stir in the Creole seasoning, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
- Add the bay leaves.
- Press Cancel/Keep Warm, place the lid on the Instant Pot making sure the vent is closed, and set the Instant Pot on Manual for 2 minutes.
- Let the Instant Pot naturally pressure release for 10 minutes.
- Release the remaining pressure, open and remove bay leaves.
- Add parsley and/or green onion if using.
- Stir and serve.
Want a full meal from your Instant Pot cauliflower dirty rice? Add rotisserie chicken, Andouille sausage or Kielbasa and your choice of veggies.
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Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, 17 Ounce
Simply Organic Whole Thyme Leaf, Certified Organic | 0.78 oz | Thymus vulgaris L.
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce (10 oz Bottle)
Louisiana Sauce Hot, 12 oz
Kitchen Basics All Natural Unsalted Beef Stock, 32 fl oz
Swansons Chicken Stock, 32 oz
365 Everyday Value, Bay Leaves, 0.15 oz
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 8 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1281mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g
All nutrition information is approximate and for informational use only. Your serving sizes and nutrition information may differ.
I like when recipes share pictures of the cooking process so I do that when I can.
So many times I’ve looked at something and wondered if it looks right so I include the pictures of the cooking process when I can.
Some days, my son, who is my photographer, and I are not professional photographers, but we try.
But even when our photos aren’t the greatest, I think they’re still helpful, and I hope you do too.
Follow along with pictures of the cooking process.
All original images in this article by Christopher Bemmes
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Leftover Hack with Instant Pot cauliflower dirty rice
If you have leftover Instant pot champagne chicken, dice the chicken, add 1/2 to 1 cup of Instant Pot cauliflower dirty rice and enough sauce from the champagne chicken to make a thick soup.
Trust me on this one.