Who doesn’t love one of those super simple one pot meals that’s bursting with flavor?! I know I do and this Cajun Skillet is exactly that. Simple to make, and very versatile so it can go with just about anything, you’ll love how fast this comes together and in just one pot. This helps makes clean up even easier. Bring the cajun flavors you’ve been craving, right to your own kitchen in about 40 minutes.
I absolutely love recipes that only need a handful of ingredients and still yield a ridiculous amount of flavor. Recipes that are filling for the whole family have a place in my heart too.
It just makes dinner time so much more enjoyable when everyone likes the meal and gets their bellies full while sharing time together over the dinner table. It’s always a good meal with this Cajun Skillet and when I serve another favorite, the Easy, Creamy Pasta Bake recipe.
This Cajun Skillet is the perfect thing to make when you’re craving those cajun spices but don’t have the time to travel to New Orleans for some tasty cajun food. This homemade sausage and rice skillet recipe is a great option to whip up instead.
Why you’ll love this Easy Cajun recipe
- one pot meal – perfect for busy weeknights
- easy to customize
- versatile side dish that’s bursting with flavor
- simple to scale to make more when needed
Get more info on the five simple ingredients in the recipe card below.
- frozen peppers & onion stir fry mixture
- smoked turkey sausage
- jambalaya mix
- olive oil
How to Make The Best Cajun Skillet
Over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil in your skillet.
Add in frozen onions and peppers to cook. You’ll see the water start to evaporate as they cook. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
While they cook, cut your sausage lengthwise then across to double the meat portions.
Add the sausage to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes or until browned.
Add in the jambalaya packets and toss everything together.
Toast the rice and seasonings for 2-3 minutes before adding in the water. Stir and bring it all to a boil.
Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce heat to low and cook for 22-24 minutes.
Turn off the heat, remove the lid, and use a fork to fluff the rice.
Return lid and cover for 5 more minutes to finish steaming the rice before serving.
Any leftovers of this easy weeknight meal should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Additionally, you can freeze any leftovers for up to 2-3 months. Once your meal has cooled completely, transfer it to a freezer safe container or bag and place in the freezer.
Tips and Variations
- If you don’t want to use the frozen veggie mixture, you can certainly use fresh bell peppers and onions. You can use green bell pepper, or tri color peppers, whatever you prefer.
- Always do a taste test before adding any additional salt or black pepper.
- Cooking time may vary depending on whether you’re using gas or electric, so always keep an eye on your stove as things cook and be sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that everything is safe to eat.
- I like to make a double batch of this and use it when I meal prep to have other meals ready to go all week long.
- You can always add in other fresh vegetables.
- In place of olive oil, you can use avocado oil.
- Make sure to scrape the bottom of the large skillet as the sausage cooks to get all fo the browned bits.
What other meats can I use?
If turkey sausage isn’t your thing, you can really swap it out for anything else. Chicken sausage would be the next best thing, but you can also use andouille sausage, cajun sausage, or Italian sausage, etc for this easy sausage skillet.
You could even add other protein options like large shrimp or jumbo shrimp to really make this dish.
Do I have to use the boxed Jambalya?
If you don’t want to use the rice from the Jambalaya packaging you can swap it out for white rice, brown rice, or even cauliflower rice if you’re looking for a healthier option. But this easy meal was built on the convenience of the frozen veggies and this mixture, so if you’re looking for straight convenience for this one-pan meal, just use the premade, premixed stuff.
Feel free to use your other choice of rice and add in your own cajun spice blend with some garlic powder and onion powder, instead of the boxed version. I like using the boxed version when I’m short on time that way I know I’m going to get the cajun flavor that I’m going for. But you can always add extra seasoning that you get at the grocery store if desired. Really, it’s up to your personal preferences and what’s most convenient and easy for you!
If you have fallen in love with easy one skillet meals like I have, then you’re going to have to make this incredibly delicious Cajun Skillet recipe! Watch how fast this easy recipe becomes one of your families favorite, go to dinner recipes.
- 1 package frozen peppers & onion stir fry
- 1 package smoked turkey sausage
- 2 boxes jambalaya mix
- 4 cups water
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- Heat skillet on over medium high heat with olive oil.
- Toss in peppers and onions and cook.
- Allow the water to evaporate from them being frozen, this takes 5-6 minutes.
- While the peppers and onions are cooking, cut the sausage length wise, then cut the sausage across to double the portion of meat.
- Add to the skillet to get a nice browning on them. Cook 2-3 min
- Next add the contents of the Jambalaya packets and toss, allowing the rice and seasoning to toast (2-3 min)
- Add in 4 cups of water, stir and bring to a boil.
- Cover with a lid and reduce to low for 22-24 mins.
- Turn off the heat, remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork.
- Cover for an additional 5 mins to steam the rice fully.
- Serve and Enjoy!
You can use fresh peppers and onions instead of frozen with no problem.
If you want to skip the pre-packaged Jambalaya mix, replace with 2 cups of rice, and the seasonings of your choice. You may want to consider using stock instead of water.
You can also substitute your favorite sausage for the chicken sausage, or just use chicken.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 801mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g