How to Make Vegan Dirty Rice

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How to make vegan dirty rice. I first tried Dirty Rice in the US, and really didn’t like it. For one I have never been a fan of mince or ground beef. I found the dish to be greasy, and just unpleasant tasting. I liked the idea of it, because I love rice dishes, but the execution was just off for me. I eventually got to try a packet mix Dirty Rice, Zatarain‘s. And I kind of liked that. But only if the hamburger meat was left out. As far as instant rice mixes go, it’s actually pretty good, and super easy.

However, the discovery of vegan mince was one of the greatest days of my life. When I was first vegetarian, in the late (ahem) 80s, the only vegan mince on the market was TVP, a dried soy meat substitute. It was a bit of a palaver. You had to soak it first, and then if you add too much water, it can become kind of mushy, so actually ideal for meatloaf or meatballs, but not ideal in a dish where you want to see and taste the little bits of “mince”. Later on came things like frozen Quorn mince and that really was a gamechanger (although it’s still not 100% vegan). Easy, convenient and with very little prep involved. Nowadays I like to use Linda McCartney’s VegeMince or Tesco’s Plant Chef Mince, which is 100% vegan.

I always, and I mean always, love a rice dish. It’s quick, easy, nourishing, filling and there’s inevitably leftovers. I know, there’s controversy about reheating rice, but let it cool completely at room temperature, cover and fridge it, then either bring out the fridge and come up to room temperature again (I love cold rice), or make sure you reheat thoroughly.

Where was I? Oh yes, talking about how much I love rice. Believe me when I say that I have many rice dishes I need to upload to the blog, all quick and easy. I could almost start another blog just for those to be honest. I’m pretty sure that I’m the only one in the family who is so obsessed with rice, but I just love it so much. I don’t mind it if it’s gone mushy, or if it sticks, or if it’s clumpy, but I do not like easy cook rice. There’s not really much need for it. Long Grain or Basmati or Jasmine are all so easy to cook, and my preference is Tilda Rice, simply because it just such high quality.

What Is Dirty Rice?

How to Make Vegan Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice is a traditional Louisiana Creole dish, made with rice, which gets it’s name from the additions of meat and the triumvirate of cajun seasoning: celery, pepper and onion. It “dirties” the purity of the white rice. It was a dish devised by the slaves working on rice plantations in Louisiana, a cheap way to feed to their families, using gizzards and other organ meats to flavour it.

Since the abolition of slavery, the dish has remained a popular recipe in the South, although some of the flavours have been refined, using sausage or more expensive types of meat. Today it is still a low cost, high taste meal to make.

What Ingredients Are In Vegan Dirty Rice?

How to Make Vegan Dirty Rice
  • The Cajun Holy Trinity: Celery, Green (Bell) Pepper and Onion, these are always chopped small, and sauteed down to ensure they give maximum flavour.
  • Cajun Seasoning. Use whichever you prefer, some are spicier than others. The main constituents of a Cajun spice mix are dried Thyme, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder and Black Pepper. It is full of flavour.
  • Vegan Mince. I like to use Linda McCartney’s VegeMince or Tesco’s own proprietary brand which is really good.
  • Stock. This is optional, but it adds another layer of flavour. I like to use Marigold Vegan Bouillon Powder.

I love to serve Dirty Rice with my Vegan Cornbread, the traditional flavours and textures compliment each other perfectly, and make a delicious and quick family meal.

Vegan Dirty Rice Recipe

Vegan Dirty Rice

4.99 from 54 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Dirty Rice, Vegan Dirty Rice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • Large Pan


  • 1 Red Pepper, diced finely
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced finely
  • 2 sticks Celery, diced finely
  • 1 White Onion, diced finely
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper, left whole or omit you can't tolerate heat
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vegan Butter
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 Vegan Stock Cube
  • 1 cup Vegan Mince (I like Quorn)
  • 2 tsp Cajun Spice Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Water, just boiled
  • ¼ cup chopped Fresh Parsley optional


  • In a large pan, gently heat your vegetable oil, add your diced vegetables and saute until softened.
  • Add the vegan mince, rice, scotch bonnet, seasonings, butter and water and bring to a gently boil. Stir gently.
  • Turn down and leave to simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the water is all absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  • Stir in the chopped parsley, taste for seasoning and serve.
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! Paired with your gf cornbread omg!!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is SO good. I love dirty rice and this vegan option is perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried dirty rice at all! I’m looking forward to trying this out tho ?

  4. 5 stars
    So interesting I’ve never heard of dirty rice before but this sounds delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow this dirty vegan rice sounds amazing!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of dirty rice but WOW yours sounds so good!!!

  7. 5 stars
    Now this is my kinda food! Spicy!! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    Never heard of dirty rice before but you sold it to me! Wanna try it yumm

  9. 5 stars
    One of my favourite quick and easy meals, yum!

  10. 5 stars
    Love the addition of scotch bonnet! So tasty and I got some left for my lunch today too!

  11. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious. What a lovely lunch idea. I will definitely make this. Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! Vegan mince meat is definitely a game changer for sure. I live cooking with them.

  13. 5 stars
    Really easy to make and love the kick it has! Thank you for the recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    what a lovely combination! thanks for sharing!

  15. 5 stars
    This was really easy to make!

  16. 5 stars
    This is perfect for my daughter who is vegan!

  17. Emily Flint says:

    5 stars
    Looks delicious and perfect for when my vegan friend visits!

  18. 5 stars
    I am in love with this vegan version

  19. 5 stars
    I loved it! So easy to make and also healthy and delicious! A huge win at my house!

  20. Jessica Formicola says:

    5 stars
    I love dirty rice, and this vegan version looks so incredibly delicious! I can’t wait to make it with dinner one night this week!

  21. 5 stars
    Fabulous recipe, love it even my 10yr old son enjoyed it.

  22. 5 stars
    Vegan dirty rice looks delicious i need to try it.

  23. 5 stars
    Definitely trying this soon…..

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