Menu: Dirty Rice

Monosodium Glutamate. MSG. The flavor enhancer. Scientifically there’s not too much wrong with it, but in an effort to enjoy food with fewer unnecessary additives I started brainstorming a recipe for a dirty rice of my own.

But I ain’t mad atcha Zatarain’s.

Dirty Rice

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 lb ground beef (or sausage or meatless meat crumbles)
  • 1 cup rice
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 cup water
  • red, yellow & orange bell pepper (1 small of each)
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1 small serrano pepper
  • cracked peppercorn
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • *pinch* tamarind
  • *pinch* dried basil
  • *pinch* dried rosemary
  • *pinch* fennel
  • red pepper flake to taste
  • *pinch* marjoram
  • *pinch* adobo (I used an adobo that didn’t have pepper in it, if you use one with pepper, omit it elsewhere)


Did you ever notice how chopped veggies are just pretty? Everything gets pretty finely chopped for this recipe which brings about the melding of flavors, so chop your heart out. You need just a wee a pinch of a lot of dry spices, so combine all the wet and dry ingredients in their respective bowls. For this recipe you’ll need a fairly wide pan with a tight-fitting lid. The tight-fitting-ness is crucial. Warm your pan to medium heat.



Brown that ground beef (or sausage or meatless meat crumbles) over medium heat. Drain the fat and set the ground beef aside. Ground beef is not as pretty as veggies. See ↓

ground beef

Using that same pan, throw in some olive oil and sauté your veggies. Typically I’d start with the most resilient veggies, adding in the more delicate ones over time, but since everything’s roughly the same size I say chuck it in.


Once they’ve got a bit of color on em, reintroduce the ground beef.

add beef

Then add rice, water, broth, wet mixture (soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce) and, finally, the dry herbs. Give everything a marvelous stir and allow to come to a full boil.

add rice

Stirring continually, hold at a rolling boil for one solid minute.

boil 1 minute

Grab that tight-fitting lid and fit it…tightly. And don’t touch it for 25 minutes. No touchy. Walk away. Shoo.  You could use this time to do something useful like those dishes, or you could watch the Seahawks uber lose.

super bowl sadness

25 minutes later we were no longer in the lead, sure. But the rice was on point, though.


Menu: Dirty Rice
Menu: Dirty Rice


Thanks for kicking it with me in the kitchen. Hungry for more? Check out the full menu and the archives.



Author: Brianna Wray

I'm an artist in Seattle just living the dream.


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