Sausage Fried Rice

Coins of spicy Andouille Sausage mixed with easy fried rice create the perfect flavor combinations for a quick and easy meal!

Smoked sausage adds so much flavor to every meal, especially fried rice. This one-skillet meal is a great recipe to feed the family.

Close up view of Andouille sausage in rice in a black skillet.

This post is sponsored by the Glass Barn, Indiana Soybean and Corn Farmers but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Smoked Sausage Fried Rice Recipe

Smoky richness from the flavorful meat with sticky rice and texture from the chopped veggies and eggs is too good to stop eating. This is our first recipe with slightly hot Andouille Sausage and my husband says it’s the BEST!

Bits of red pepper, carrots, peas and green onions and eggs sit in fried rice that is topped with smoked sausage to make a special meal. Andouille smoked sausage brings the heat and cajun spices can be added for even more flavor.

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This is the type of hearty meal you crave on Fat Tuesday. Smoked Sausage Fried Rice tastes so good everyone cleans their plate! For a slightly faster and spicier meal try our Sausage Jambalaya.

We love smoked sausage! It tastes great on a skillet of potatoes in our Sausage & Potato Skillet or on sauerkraut in our Kielbasa & Sauerkraut Skillet. Smoked sausage is the meat that can take a basic food like rice, potatoes or sauerkraut and add so much WOW to the meal.

Andouille sausage stirred into a skillet of fried rice with peas, carrots, green onion and red pepper.

The vegetables in this fried rice can easily be adjusted to suit your taste buds. We love adding chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini or any color of bell pepper. This fried rice also tastes great with only sausage, peppers and onions like our Air Fryer Sausage, Peppers & Onions or Instant Pot Sausage, Peppers & Onions.

What’s Needed to Make Sausage Fried Rice

  • Andouille Smoked Sausage – Smoked Sausage or Kielbasa also work fine. We like to slice into coins or bite-sized pieces before adding to fried rice.
  • Cooked rice – We like to cook extra rice and refrigerate for up to 3 or 4 days before making fried rice. I typically use Jasmine rice. Rice Pilaf is super easy to make in the Instant Pot and works in this recipe too.
  • Eggs – Scramble and chop those eggs in the skillet by themself and set aside until the last step.
  • Peas – Frozen peas are easiest to use and heat up very quickly.
  • Carrots – We usually grab a few fresh bite sized carrots to chop up, but frozen slices can be used as well, just add a couple minutes of extra time in the skillet to soften.
  • Red Pepper – Any color of bell pepper can be used but red is our favorite because it tends to be a little bit sweeter.
  • Soy Sauce – Keeps the rice moist and adds a great salty flavor. We still try to use low sodium soy sauce.
  • Vegetable Oil – Adds flavor, helps prevent food from sticking to the skillet and helps keep the grains of rice separated.
  • Pepper and Cajun Spices – Can be added to taste. Pepper can be sprinkled over the entire dish. I like to stir cajun spices into the soy sauce before pouring in the skillet.
Fork in veggie, sausage and egg fried rice covered in soy sauce on a white plate.

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our very similar SPAM Fried Rice.

How to Make Sausage Fried Rice

Cut smoked sausage into bite-sized coins and brown in a skillet over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Flip coins to brown each side. Set sausage aside.

Coins of browned andouille smoked sausage in a skillet.

Add egg and use a turner to cook and scramble the egg over medium heat. Chop egg as it cooks and set aside with the sausage.

Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil to skillet along with carrots, peas and peppers. Cook over medium-high heat for 2 – 3 minutes until softened. Stir occasionally.

Add rice and soy sauce (with cajun spices mixed in if using). Stir well as rice heats. Use turner or spatula to chop up chunks of rice and help mix the flavors evenly throughout the skillet.

Now stir in the sausage, eggs and green onions. Serve warm and enjoy!

Skillet of fried rice topped with smoked sausage coins and chopped bits of egg on a blue and white napkin.

Tips for Making Fried Rice with Sausage

  • Sausage does not have to be browned, but it does add flavor and eye appeal.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Serve with additional soy sauce when reheating.
  • Other chopped cooked meats like shrimp or chicken can be added to this fried rice.
  • Ground sausage can be used to make fried rice, but it should be fully cooked before adding other ingredients.
  • We typically use cooked white rice, but some cooked Consomme Rice can be mixed in; just avoid adding soy sauce or any other seasonings if this is done as it is already full of flavor.
Plate of spicy sausage cajun fried rice with the skillet in the background on a blue and white napkin.

More Easy Meal Ideas

No-Peek Chicken bakes rice, chicken and spices together to make a flavorful meal that tastes best when you don’t peek.

Bubble-Up Pizza Casserole can be spiced up with zesty sausage or kept mild with a basic sausage and is super easy to make.

Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce in the Crock Pot is a great way to make pork chops and tastes wonderful served over rice.

Fried rice with smoked sausage, eggs and veggies in a bowl with blue napkin and white countertop

Printable Sausage Fried Rice Recipe

Smoked sausage fried rice in a skillet

Sausage Fried Rice

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Coins of spicy Andouille Sausage mixed with easy fried rice create the perfect flavor combinations for a quick and easy meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound Andouille smoked sausage cut into coins
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 4 cups white rice cooked
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 green onions sliced


  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a deep skillet and turn to medium high heat. Brown sausage on each side. Set aside.
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 pound Andouille smoked sausage
  • In the same skillet cook eggs and chop up while cooking. Set aside with the sausage.
    3 eggs
  • Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil and cook carrots, peppers and peas for 1 -2 minutes until softened.
    1/4 cup carrots, 1/4 cup red pepper, 1/4 cup peas
  • Turn down to medium heat. Add soy sauce and rice to skillet. Stir well and break up chunks of rice until all ingredients are mixed well.
    4 cups white rice, 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Add eggs and sausage back to the skillet. Stir well.
  • Garnish with green onions. Serve warm and enjoy!
    3 green onions


Calories: 786kcalCarbohydrates: 103gProtein: 22gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 1224mgPotassium: 397mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1310IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 3mg

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This was a great weeknight meal, will definitely make again.

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