Cajun sausage skillet is a flavorful one-dish mixture of seared sausages, onion, peppers, celery and tomatoes. Serve over steamed rice for a quick and easy dinner any night of the week!
This post is sponsored by Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Both my kids love sausage – turkey sausage, pork sausage, flavored sausages, breakfast sausage – so it’s a no brainer to me to have some on hand.
This 3-ingredient wild rice, sausage and kale bowl is a go-to. As is sheet pan turkey sausages with sweet potatoes and okra. And sausage balls are a holiday favorite.
I love that sausage is so flavorful and that it stores so well, including in the freezer.
(I have two freezers and they both stay completely stocked. In fact, I get a little twitchy if we’ve eaten too much into my freezer stash. That’s a bit weird, isn’t it? Ah well…)
Today, we’re putting the sausage centerstage in this easy Cajun sausage skillet recipe.
It’s got sliced flavor-packed Cajun style smoked sausages, the “trinity” of onion, green pepper and celery, some diced tomatoes and a bit of Cajun seasoning to tie everything together.
You know, ALL of the good stuff!
One pan is all you need to make this and it goes great over some steamed brown or white rice for a complete meal.
It’s really so warm and cozy.
Plus, it’s total deliciousness and easy to make any night of the week!
I’m also so excited to be partnering with Zatarain’s, whose products I really enjoy.
My husband went to college in New Orleans and we spent a baby moon there years ago, and I just fell in love with the city. The music, the culture, the vibe. And the food, of course!
I love the big, bold flavors of New Orleans cooking and the pride that goes into the dishes. And I love that Zatarain’s has captured those flavors and made it accessible to those of us who want maximum flavor but maybe with a little less effort.
Zatarain’s Smoked Sausages – both the Cajun Style and Andouille — are really delicious and so easy to keep on hand. I love that they are already cooked and ready to use.
Also, I appreciate that they are 100% pork and no artificial colors or flavors, no MSG added and no by-products. (It’s gluten-free too.)
They freeze beautifully as well! I always pick up a couple of packages so I can stash one in the freezer for another time when I can’t get to the store or need a quick meal.
(Also, if you are looking to keep life in the kitchen super simple, you can always sear the sausages and add them to one of Zatarain’s rice mixes. Add a salad or vegetable and dinner is done. Too easy!)
You can find Zatarain’s Smoked Sausages at many grocery stores, including Kroger, as well as Sam’s Club. Go get some and stock your fridge and freezer with them!
OK, let’s get back to the recipe at hand.
Now, I’ve got some notes and substitutions coming up on how to make this Cajun sausage skillet. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
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Notes on making Cajun sausage skillet:
- The sausage is already cooked, but searing it adds a ton of flavor, so don’t skip that step. (It also helps flavor the veggies that cook in the same grease afterwards.)
- The fire-roasted diced tomatoes add some extra oomph to the recipe, but you can substitute regular diced tomatoes if needed.
- I keep a batch of homemade Cajun seasoning on hand at home, but you can certainly use a store-bought version like Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning.
As mentioned, this recipe cooks quickly and if you are looking to maximize your time, I’ve got a few tips.
(You know I’m all about efficiency in the kitchen!)
How to get this meal on the table quickly:
- Start your rice and cook according to package directions.
- Slice the sausages as the pan is heating to cook them.
- While the sausages are getting seared, chop the veggies.
- While the veggies are cooking, prep the garlic and remaining ingredients.
- At the end, while it’s all simmering, fix yourself a drink. 😉
Ta-da! Another delicious meal to serve your family or friends.
I hope you give this a try and get a little taste of New Orleans in your kitchen.
- 1 (12 oz.) packaged Zatarain’s Cajun Style Smoked Sausage, sliced in 1/4-inch rounds
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided.
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 2 medium stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (not drained)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (homemade or store-bought Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning)
- Hot, cooked brown or white rice
- Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced sausages and sear 6-7 minutes, turning over to sear both sides.
- Remove the sausages to a bowl or plate and keep warm.
- Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to the pan (which should have some fat from the sausages).
- Add the onion, pepper and celery to the pan and cook for 6-7 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, until fragrant.
- Add the diced tomatoes and Cajun seasoning to the pan and stir well to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer then reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Return the sliced sausages to the pan and stir to combine. Let simmer another 2-3 minutes.
- Serve hot over steamed rice.
The sausage is already cooked, but searing it adds a ton of flavor, so don’t skip that step. (It also helps flavor the veggies that cook in the same grease afterwards.)
The fire-roasted diced tomatoes add some extra oomph to the recipe, but you can substitute regular diced tomatoes if needed.
I keep a batch of homemade Cajun seasoning on hand at home, but you can certainly use a store-bought version like Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 619mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g