Skinny Dirty Brown Rice With Shrimp

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is an easy-on-your-waistline recipe that still delivers on flavor. "Dirty rice is a classic Cajun dish made "dirty" by cooking the rice with minced livers or gizzards. This is a healthier version using brown rice and lean ground beef", says the author at

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions in water along with a chicken bouillon, 1 bay leaf and 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 each of salt, cayenne, paprika and thyme.
  2. When the rice is almost done cooking, heat a large heavy saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the oil, onions, green pepper, celery, bay leaf and garlic. Sauté on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add beef, salt, black pepper, remaining paprika, thyme and cayenne pepper. Sauté until browned, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp, cover and cook 5 more minutes.
  5. When the rice is done, toss with beef and shrimp and combine well. Top with scallions and serve.
Most Helpful

This recipe gets a big thumbs up. I typically have precooked brown rice in the freezer which made quick work of this recipe. The recipe was reduced to 2 wonderful servings using a country style sausage in place of the ground beef. The recipe was lacking a little with spice but was easily corrected with some Tabasco on the side. Made for ZWT9.

PaulaG July 25, 2013

I really liked this. I have only had Dirty Rice once before ( from a boxed mix )and hated it, so this was a nice surprise. Thanks for sharing, made for ZWT9

pammyowl July 24, 2013

This rice was simple and delicious. It was not overly spicy and was very filling even though it is a lighter version of a classic. I love that this dirty rice used brown rice, as I am always looking for a new way to get healthy grains into our diet. Thanks for such a great recipe Justlori. Made for ZWT9 for Team Tasty Testers.

ElizabethKnicely July 16, 2013