Sausage and Rice Skillet - The Southern Lady Cooks

Sausage and Rice Skillet is an easy recipe to throw together at the end of a busy day or just anytime. Add some of my fried hoecakes and you have a one-dish meal!  This sausage and rice skillet is comfort food at its best.  You could easily cut this recipe in half for two people.  This keeps well for several days refrigerated and is even better the second day. This recipe is very versatile in that you could substitute different kinds of meat and add your favorite spices, too.  Smoked sausage or Italian sausage would be great in this recipe.  Use your imagination and make it your own creation!

Sausage and Rice Skillet Simple Ingredients:

Pork breakfast sausage

Green pepper



Mushroom stems and pieces, canned or fresh

Chicken broth

Minute rice

Diced green chili peppers (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

You could easily cut the calories and use ground turkey but it won’t have as much flavor as the pork sausage. If you are not a fan of minute rice you can use regular rice. If you plan to cook the rice in the skillet, you will probably need to add more chicken broth. You can also make the rice separate and just add it to the dish. This is a very versatile recipe, so definitely make it your own.

Full printable recipe in recipe card below.

Sausage and Rice Skillet - The Southern Lady Cooks


Sausage and Rice Skillet - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Sausage and Rice Skillet

The Southern Lady Cooks
This dish is so good and will quickly become a family favorite. It is perfect for dinner on a busy week night.
5 from 11 votes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1 lb. can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups minute rice
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chili peppers (optional), drained
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Brown sausage, with onion, green pepper, and celery in skillet. Drain. Add mushrooms, rice, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Simmer until rice is tender.
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  1. This was fabulous. Loved it5 stars

  2. Also excellent with Italian sausage!!5 stars

  3. Sharon Noble says:

    We enjoyed it very much.5 stars

  4. I was looking through my mom’s recipes and this was one she had on her file box. But I wasn’t able to read everything on the back of her card. So to my surprise when I saw this recipe you posted. My mother made this when growing up, except I don’t think she used the green chili peppers. I can’t wait to make this and bring back fond memories. Thank you ❤️5 stars

  5. Mary Christiansen says:

    Hi, My husband thought this was only just “so-so” by itself and being just the two of us, we had lots leftover. However, when we used the leftovers as a filling for stuffed crookneck squash boats, mixing in the scooped out centers into the sausage/rice mixture, and topping the boats with a buttered parmesan panko breadcrumb mixture, he loved it. I’ll definitely keep this recipe in my file for stuffing squash!
    Mary5 stars

  6. So easy and so delicious, thanks for sharing 5 stars

  7. Deb Allen says:

    I love this recipe. I made it with Italian sausage and didn’t drain the green chili peppers. It was really good and even better the next day. This will definitely make my list of repeat recipes.5 stars

  8. We love this recipe. My favorite sausage to use is sage sausage! Everytime I make this my hubby says “this is really good!”.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yay! This is one of our favorites, too. We’re thrilled you and your family enjoys it as well.

  9. Anna King says:

    That sounds so good I’m going to try it5 stars

  10. Carie Morgan Graff says:

    I think I am going to make this but substitute regular rice for the minute rice. I will just add more chicken broth and a cup of rice. I am not a fan of minute rice. But your recipes are always a winner.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Wonderful. Enjoy!

  11. I make something similar to this but I don’t add the peppers and I add a large can of Cream of Chicken soup as well the chicken broth. My husband loves it.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Sounds delicious Susan!

  12. do you put un-cooked rice into mixture ?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I do Connie.

  13. Martha R Hornsby says:

    I’ve made this skillet meal several times and we really do “enjoy” it. For the two of us, it makes enough for a left over meal and is even better after the flavors have set together. I alway use Jimmy Dean sausage and there’s never any grease to drain.

  14. julie clopper says:

    Sounds delicious ! Gonna make this tomorrow

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It is ground pork sausage like Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage.

  15. What type of pork sausage are you using? Is it the breakfast kind?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, it is Wanda.I used the breakfast kind.

      1. okay….thanks so much. Omw to the store now!

    2. jimmy dean is the best, has hardly no fat….lean, lean, lean…lots of flavor…

  16. Natanya Flowers says:

    Do you drain the sausage after it’s cooked and before adding rice and broth?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, if you need to drain.

  17. Just made this for lunch. It was so good.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you Tammy! Happy you enjoyed this recipe.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could, Jean.

  18. Hi this is the same as what my family and I call Dirty Rice, I use hamburger and sausage, never put mushrooms but thought about it. I will next time. It’s a great side dish

  19. How many would this serve?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Approximately 8 to 10 servings.

  20. I don’t like instant rice. Can you cook the rice in a rice cooker and then add the mixture?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you could probably do that Kim.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You chop it up.

  21. VICKIE EMERICK says:

    i buy the bulk chicken broth. So how much would i do??

  22. I cooked this for my family last night. Let me just say, “Easy and superb.” The entire family loved this (which is not very common)! I used two 4 oz. cans of mushrooms, which is still ALOT. Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Is it possible that you do not really mean a 1 lb can of mushroom pieces & stems – perhaps a 4 oz can?

    1. Hi Lane, It is a regular sized can of mushrooms. Those cans used to be 16 ounces, they are probably down to 14 by now. You don’t have to use that much. You could use 2 of the 4 ounce cans.

  24. sounds good to me and not hard to do, that is a big plus…