Low-Carb Dirty Rice for Mardi Gras

This low-carb Dirty Rice is made with cauliflower, bacon, sausage, and lots of cajun flavor. It works great as a side dish or  a light supper with a salad on the side. Quick and delicious!

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It’s Mardi Gras today and, although my Mardi Gras celebrating days are far behind me, it always makes me crave some Cajun food. Like this low-carb Dirty Rice.

Can’t you almost smell it? Smoky bacon, spicy sausage, zingy jalapeno, onion, and garlic all simmered together to create a combination of flavors that goes with anything. This stuff will make you happy.

It’s magic.

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I live in Texas and have for most of my life. We are aware of the existence of other states, and it’s not unusual for us to take a dish and make it our own. Dirty Rice is one of those — thus the jalapeno. Now, Cajun dishes aren’t haute cuisine. They are down-to-earth, budget-friendly, and use-what-you-got kinds of things. Dirty Rice, the authentic stuff, is made with chicken livers, gizzards, and whatever else you might have left over after butchering.

I can’t do that kind of stuff. I guess I am a terrible food writer because I don’t like fish, offal, or other foods that others seem to go nuts over. The idea of them makes me gag. I could not do the real kind of Dirty Rice for anything. This has regular stuff in there — and yes I know… sausage is all kinds of icky stuff but shhhhhhhhhhh…. I am not thinking about that. Well I am trying not to.

You can even vary the meat according to what you have.

The cauliflower goes in next to last because you want it to retain some texture. I saute it in the fat from the sausage until it caramelized a bit then toss in some chicken stock to let it steam about 3 minutes. That is usually just right for me.

You are going to need a heavy pan to get this this best texture. I use a cast iron frying pan. You can purchase the same type I use on Amazon – if you buy through the following link I get a small commission which helps support the blog. Thanks!

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Give this low-carb dirty rice a try and Laissez les bons temps rouler!


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Low Carb Dirty Rice

Spicy and smoky, this low carb dirty rice is made with cauliflower, sausage, bacon, and lots of other good flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 side servings or 1 main dish serving
Author Katherine Peters


  • Olive oil as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno
  • 2 ounces ground sausage
  • 1 slice bacon chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregeno
  • 4 ounces finely chopped cauliflower about 1 3/4 cups
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet up until it is very hot.
  • Add the onion, celery, garlic,and jalapeno and saute until the vegetables get a few brown spots of caramelization on them, about 3 minutes or so.
  • Add the bacon and sausage and cook until done.
  • Season with the oregano and paprika.
  • Add the cauliflower and saute, stirring often, until caultiflower is crisp tender.
  • Add the chicken stock all at once and cook until the liquid disappears and the steaming stops. If your pan is really hot this will only take a minute or two. Don't overcook the cauliflower.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.


Nutrition information is for 2 side dish size servings.

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Last Updated 12/13/2020

23 Responses to “Low-Carb Dirty Rice for Mardi Gras”

  1. This low carb dirty rice looks so good. I bet that cauliflower tastes amazing too! I wish I could add more veggies into my dishes, but my hubby would have no part of it.

    • I probably couldn’t get away with it either but I have to eat low carb for a health issue… and I make everyone else regular food. 🙂

  2. Mmmm, this looks so yummy! I will definitely be trying it! I wonder how a can of little shrimp added to it would be?

  3. What a fantastic idea! I would take this cauliflower version over a regular plate of dirty rice any day of the week. And the jalapeño sounds like a great addition.

    • Well… you know… Texas. Have to have my jalapeno!

  4. My husband just switched to low carb eating and we are working on eliminating carbs from our 13 yr old’s diet – one thing at a time. I love finding recipes that use great substitutions and still taste like the “real” food. This looks yummy. 🙂

    • It really is. 🙂

  5. Looks very nice Marye, I love how its loaded with veggies!

    • Thanks Michelle. Me too!

  6. What a delicious side…this looks fantastic! xo, Catherine

    • Thanks! I love it

  7. OMG this rice looks terrific. I am going to make this ASAP in my rice cooker! I love using spices with my rice dishes so I know I am going to love this recipe.

    • Since it is cauliflower it would actually get way too mushy in a rice cooker.

  8. I love the idea of adding seafood to this! Great dish and great comments….my husband thinks he hates cauliflower so I have to disguise it by pureeing or other means. I bet I could get it past him with this dish. It looks just beautiful.

    • Yep – I bet that would be amazing.

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    • Can you substitute ground turkey?

    • yep… or shredded cooked chicken.. or whatever you like!

  10. Hey, I made this last night. I quadrupled the recipe and it was our main dish. I skipped the jalapeño (hate cutting them up) and used hot sausage, Tabasco, and Slap Ya Mama seasoning instead of salt and pepper. It was wonderful!! My husband was prepared to hate it, because of the cauliflower, but he loved it also.

    • That’s fantastic! Glad to hear it. 🙂

  11. Looks so YUMMY!!! But the recipe states that the nutritional info is for 2 side servings, yet I cannot find that nutrition info anywhere. Am I missing it somehow?

  12. I I couldn’t see the nutrition info either… but I am trying this anyway… thanks so much from another Texan..

  13. I fixed this pretty much as written, but had no celery or ground meat, so used a left over bratwurst and some deli ham chopped fine, used bacon grease – lots of it, and some beef broth I had. It was totally DELICIOUS! Served it with mesquite rubbed chicken wings – YUM! Thanks for such a great and forgiving recipe. I’ll make this again and again with whatever I have on hand.


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