SOUTHERN RED RICE – The Southern Lady Cooks

Southern Red Rice - The Southern Lady Cooks

My family loves this Southern red rice for dinner or anytime.  I think they would eat it every meal. We love just about any kind of rice dish and we are always making rice bowls with leftovers.  This is easy to prepare, keeps well refrigerated, can be reheated (you may need to add a little liquid when you reheat) and is very versatile. You might also like to check out our recipe for Southern style cabbage.

Southern Red Rice Simple Ingredients:



Green Bell Pepper


Tomato paste



Black pepper


Bacon drippings


Cooked rice

This is a very versatile dish and one you can make your own way. We love the addition of shrimp but smoked sausage would be just as delicious or leave both out! I can make this rice a meal but it is a wonderful side dish and goes great with just about any meal. I have served this at many gatherings and everyone has loved it. The sweetness with the bacon is absolutely delicious!

Many recipes for this do not include the green pepper or the celery. I added them because we love including the holy trinity in dishes. If you are not a fan just use onion.

This recipe calls for 2 cups of COOKED rice. So if you are making rice you will make one cup and it will be 2 cups when it’s done. 1 cup of uncooked rice equals 2 cups of cooked rice.

Full printable recipe in recipe card below.

Southern Red Rice - The Southern Lady Cooks

Southern Red Rice - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Southern Red Rice

This traditional dish is easy and absolutely delicious.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Southern Red Rice

Servings: 8 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons bacon drippings
  • 10-12 large raw shrimp
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • Cook the bacon until crispy, remove from pan, drain and set aside.  Remove drippings from pan except for 4 teaspoons.

  • Brown onions, green peppers and celery in the drippings.

  • Next add in the can of tomato paste, 1 1/2 cups water, salt, black pepper, sugar and 2 more teaspoons bacon drippings.

  • Add cooked rice to the skillet and the shrimp.  Chop the 4 strips of cooked bacon and add to the pan.

  • Turn skillet to low and cook covered for 10 to 15 minutes.

1 cup of uncooked rice equals 2 cups of cooked rice. 

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