I don’t know about y’all, but a big bowl of Savannah Red Rice & Sausage has always been a comfort food favorite for me! Maybe it’s a Southern thing, maybe it’s because I clearly love carbs too much. Either way, prepare to love this simple to make Savannah red rice dish as much we do in Georgia!

Red rice and sausage in a bowl

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Reheating southern red rice & sausage

What’s wonderful about southern red rice and sausage is how easy it is to make and how you can customize it! Don’t like sausage? Leave it out! You can substitute it with bacon, your favorite vegetarian alternative, or just leave it entirely meatless. When I reheat this, I like to put a smidgen of water on it and heat it up on the stove so the rice doesn’t dry out.


It’s also delicious heated up in the oven or air fryer the next day! Add some cheese, toss on a fried egg, and it’s out of this world delicious!



Red rice and sausage - in process image

When to serve red rice & sausage

You can easily double, triple or quadruple this recipe to feed a crowd as well! I can’t tell you how often I ate this growing up at family gatherings, but I know it always went over so well. It’s a wonderful lunch or dinner, but makes a fabulous side dish for brunch. You can have this as is, or add it to a tasty Easter spread, BBQ, potluck & more. There really isn’t a bad time to enjoy southern red rice & sausage.

mixing Southern Red rice and sausage ingredients

How to make Southern Red Rice and Sausage Recipe 

This southern rice recipe is a cinch to whip up! It doesn’t take long at all, so you can have it ready to eat in no time at all. It’s even better if you’ve prepped your veggies ahead of time, so all you need to do is toss everything in the pot to cook. The ingredients aren’t strange or uncommon, so you can find all of these at your local grocery store.

All you need to make this southern favorite are:

2 cups white rice

1 lb sausage links cut into thin slices

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, medium dice

1 bell pepper, medium dice

3 C water, plus additional if needed

4oz can tomato paste

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tbsp butter

Dash of Cayenne pepper to taste

Salt & Pepper to taste

As well as a Dutch oven or large pot and a cutting board. 


Southern Red Rice & Sausage

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 5 People


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 lb sausage links, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, medium dice
  • 1 bell pepper, medium dice
  • 3 cup water
  • 4 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 dash cayenne to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook sausage until browned in a large pot over med-high heat
  • Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic and cook until translucent – about 3 minutes
  • Add butter and rice, cook until rice is slightly browned – about 3 minutes
  • Slowly add water and remaining ingredients, stir to incorporate thoroughly.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • If you need more water add small amounts as needed.  Cook until rice is tender.
  • Enjoy!


** White rice doesn’t form a fluffy rice, but a stickier rice. 
You can easily make this in the instant pot. Follow the recipe as is, until it’s time to cook the rice for 15 minutes. At that point, set your instant pot for manual 10 minutes with the rice, sausage, veggies, & water inside. Let it come to natural release for 2-3 minutes before releasing the remaining steam. 

red rice and sausage served in a bowl

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