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Gullah Recipe for Red Rice

Red rice is a simple dish of rice, onions and tomatoes seasoned to perfection. This version is inspired by a cookbook of Lowcountry favorites told in the Gullah language and translated into English. 
4.41 from 10 votes
Servings 6 people
Calories 227 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons Bacon grease or other oil or shortening
  • ⅓-1/2 pound smoked meat such as ham or sausage cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • 5-6 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder optional
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water


  • Heat the baking grease in a large pot or small dutch oven over medium heat. 
  • Add the meat and cook until browned on the edges, then remove and set aside.
  • Add the onions and tomatoes to the pot and cook until the onions are translucent. 
  • Stir in the water, rice, salt and chili powder if desired. Add the meat, stirring at medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Reduce to simmer, cover and cook 20 minutes. If rice is not done, add another ¼ cup of water, recover and cook 5-6 more mminutes. 


Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 720mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 397IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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