Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Annette Joseph
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 55 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

John's Red Beans and Rice are a favorite comfort food served throughout Louisiana. Be sure to cook this one-dish meal the entire time to allow the flavors to develop. Serve red beans and rice over hot cooked rice. Serve over hot cooked rice.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place beans in a large Dutch oven; add water 2 inches above beans. Boil 1 minute; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 1 hour. Drain.

Step 2

Cook sausage and ham in hot oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Drain sausage and ham on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings. Add celery and next 8 ingredients to drippings; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

Step 3

Add broth, beans, sausage, and ham to Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are tender. Discard ham hock and bay leaves.

Lilette Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

Ratings & Reviews

AmyNJames's Review

January 14, 2012

bigalotbunches's Review

October 05, 2013
This is my very picky teenage son's favorite dish. I start it at 1pm if I want it for dinner. It is totally worth the wait. If you don't use the low sodium broth and Cajun seasoning, leave the kosher salt out or it will be too salty. It is spicy but it's Cajun, it's supposed to be spicy. It will definitely clear your sinuses! Definitely a keeper!

SylviaCutchin's Review

October 20, 2012

JMRomanello's Review

October 03, 2012
This is really tasty. I used a Creole Seasoning instead of Cajun. I do not know if there really is a difference. Definitely spicy. Enjoyed preparing and cooking this meal. Once the prep is in the pot, I was free to do other things. Asked around the table, if they would like this meal again... and it was a "Yes!" ANOTHER recipe from our new Tailgating Cookbook that we are found of!