Seafood Rice Recipe

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This is not Jambalaya! Let’s just get that clear. Similar, yes. They’re like cousins. 1st cousins. My Seafood Rice will absolutely be one of your new, favorite side dishes! That’s big talk, right? Try me.

You’re gonna need your favorite sausages for this recipe. It’s the foundation of the flavor. Those sausage drippings matter! We build off of them. 

Another important flavor component is the crawfish fat. I use frozen crawfish tails. After thawing, I drain that orange liquid off and reserve it. This will give the rice its seafood flavor. The color may be a little off putting at first. But, it’s just crawfish fat and water. 

After cooking the shrimp and warming the crawfish, there will be some residual crawfish fat and water at the bottom of the pot. Drain it into the bowl of reserved crawfish fat. We don’t want to leave it in the spot, because it will prevent the veggies from browning properly in the next step. But, do NOT discard it. That’s more flavor that we need.

Gotta have the fresh veggies for seasoning. Also, mince your own garlic! It’s so convenient to just purchase the jar of pre-minced garlic. But, trust me, chopping up your own is much better. It’s more fragrant and fresher. 
Let’s talk rice. I’m using jasmine rice, so my measurements are in accordance with that type of rice. If you’re using a different rice, the amount of chicken stock will change. Follow the package instructions for the amount of water needed and use chicken stock instead of water. 

To avoid overcooking the seafood, add it back into the pot along with the sausage at the very end of the cooking process. It will only need a minute or two to heat up. Then, fluff and serve!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Seafood Rice Recipe

Fragrant jasmine rice, savory sausage, and spicy seafood seasoned to perfection with Cajun & Creole spices.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1/2 lb sausage diced
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 lb frozen crawfish tails thaw and reserve the liquid
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 2 TBS Cajun seasoning
  • 1 TBS Herbes de Provence
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS liquid crab & shrimp boil
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS Olive oil
  • Chopped green onion to garnish


  1. In a Dutch oven or stockpot heat the olive oil
  2. Add in the sausage and sauté until browned and drippings are released
  3. Remove sausage from the pot and reserve.
  4. Thaw the crawfish and drain the orange liquid (fat) off of the tails; reserve the liquid for later
  5. Add in the shrimp and crawfish into the pot.
  6. Sprinkle the seafood with 1 TBS of the Cajun seasoning
  7. Sauté until shrimp are completely cooked. Do not overcook the crawfish.
  8. Remove shrimp and crawfish. Add them to the reserved sausage; set aside.
  9. Add 2 TBS of the butter into the pot.
  10. Once the butter melts, add in the onion and bell pepper
  11. Sauté until slightly caramelized; about 2-3 mins
  12. Add in the garlic and sauté for 30 secs.
  13. Pour in the reserved crawfish fat, chicken stock, and liquid crab & shrimp boil.
  14. Bring the stock to a simmer
  15. Stir in the remaining butter, Cajun seasoning, Herbes de Provence, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  16. Taste and add salt/pepper as needed
  17. Bring the mixture to a boil
  18. Stir in the rice
  19. Lower the heat and cover the pot with the lid.
  20. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the water has evaporated and rice is completely cooked.
  21. Return the sausage, shrimp, and crawfish to the pot.
  22. Stir and fluff until sausage and seafood is reheated.
  23. Garnish with chopped green onions.
  24. Enjoy!

Creamy Crock-Pot Red Beans Recipe

I’ve pretty much been called the Master of Red Beans and Rice. But, I prefer the title “Red Bean Queen”. Or maybe, “The Sensei”! Anyway, I love making some dang on red beans! I’ve worked hard at perfecting the taste and texture in different cooking methods. There’s the stovetop version and the pressure cooker one. But, I was missing the slow cooker method. Not anymore!

It’s a dump and go slow cooker meal. Don’t we love those? I brown the sausage. Then, saute the veggies, the Trinity, in those yummy and flavorful sausage drippings. After that’s done, you just dump it all into the slow cooker along with quick soaked, red beans.

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Crockpot Red Beans and Rice Recipe


  • 1 lb dry red beans
  • 1 lb sausage coined
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 5 TBS butter
  • Cajun seasoning and black pepper to taste


  1. Sort beans to remove the bad ones and rinse well.
  2. Add the beans to a large pot and cover them with about 2 inches of water
  3. Bring the pot to a boil
  4. Boil for 5 mins then turn off the heat
  5. Allow the beans to soak in the pot for 20-25 mins
  6. Drain water off of the beans; set aside
  7. Brown sausage in a pan
  8. Remove sausage leaving sausage drippings in pan. Set aside.
  9. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery to the same pan.
  10. Sauté for 3 minutes
  11. Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  12. Add in all ingredients EXCEPT the butter, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper
  13. Stir well.
  14. Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 4 hours
  15. Stir in the butter
  16. Season to taste with the Cajun seasoning and black pepper.
  17. Cover and continue cooking on HIGH for 1 hour.
  18. Remove the lid and stir
  19. Allow the beans to cook on HIGH for the last hour uncovered. Do NOT place the lid back on the slow cooker during the final hour of cooking.
  20. Serve over warm rice.
  21. Enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Took me awhile to hop on the pressure cooker bandwagon, but now, I’m driving the thing! I’m so in love with my kitchen buddy. It’s magical. I can prove it! It typically takes at least 2 hours to cook dried red beans. Even after soaking! Using my pressure cooker I was able to cook these things in less than 20 mins! Don’t believe me? Watch this…

Magic, right? I know! Now, you can skip the soaking part and just add them to the pressure cooker after rinsing and sorting. But, then you’d have to cook them longer and they’re not as creamy. Just try it my way. 

I do a quick soak. That’s when you add a little heat for a short amount of time and then allow the beans to soak. The pressure cooker also reduced the soaking time. Quick soaking would usually take 45 mins before cooking on the stove. With the pressure cooker, 20-25 mins is more than enough time.

I love being able to saute and brown meat and veggies in it as well. I brown the sausage first, then remove them. Brown the veggies and add the beans and water. I use my beans preset on the cooker which has three times to choose from: 5 mins, 11 mins., and 30 mins. If the beans weren’t soaked, we would select the 30 min timing. But, I use the 11 min one first. Then add in the sausage and butter and let it go for the 5 min setting. 

IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE SALT! Don’t use the salt until after the beans are finished cooking. Salt will prevent the beans from softening. Wait until they are done to add the salt. However, you can add other seasonings, like onion and garlic powder, at the beginning of the cooking process.

If your beans aren’t as thick as you’d like after the second round in the pressure cooker, just turn it on the saute/brown setting and allow them to simmer until they are as thick as you’d like. You may also add more butter as needed. 

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Serves 5
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
41 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
41 min
  1. 1 lb dried red beans
  2. 1 T olive oil
  3. 1 lb sausage (sliced into coins)
  4. 1/2 cup diced onions
  5. 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  6. 1 T minced garlic
  7. 5 cups water
  8. 1 T onion powder
  9. 1 T garlic powder
  10. 4 T butter
  11. salt and pepper or Cajun seasoning to taste
  12. 3 cups of cooked rice
  1. Sort beans to remove the bad ones and rinse well.
  2. Add the beans to a large pot and cover them with about 2 inches of water
  3. Bring the pot to a boil
  4. Boil for 5 mins then turn off the heat
  5. Allow the beans to soak in the pot for 20-25 mins
  6. Drain water off of the beans; set aside
  7. Add the oil to the pressure cooker and set it on the saute/brown setting
  8. Add the sausage and saute until brown
  9. Remove the sausage; set aside
  10. Add in the onion and bell peppers
  11. Saute for 3 mins
  12. Add the garlic and saute for 30 secs
  13. Add in the drained red beans, 5 cups of water, onion and garlic powders
  14. Lock the lid and ensure that the pressure releasing valve is locked as well.
  15. If your pressure cooker has a "Beans" preset, select it. If not, set the timer for 11 mins.
  16. When the time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 mins before releasing the valve.
  17. Stir in the sausage and the butter.
  18. Close and lock the lid and valve again.
  19. Set the timer for 5 more mins.
  20. When the time ends, carefully release the pressure valve.
  21. If the beans aren't as thick as you'd like, select the saute/browning preset again and allow the beans to simmer until the desire thickness is reached.
  22. Serve over warm rice.
  23. Enjoy!
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Hibachi Dinner at Home

One of my goals with this site is to show my Cookies how to make restaurant quality meals in your own kitchen. Call me crazy, but I truly believe anyone can cook with the right guidance. Good food looks intimidating. Especially, when the chefs are flipping eggs in hats, lighting fires, and juggling spatulas! Coop can’t teach you that unfortunately. BUT, I can show you how to make a Hibachi dinner at home that will rival your favorite restaurant!

For me, the highlight of a Hibachi meal is the Yum Yum Sauce! I pour that stuff over the entire plate! It’s surprising that something so good is so easy to make using very few ingredients. Just be sure to make the sauce a day or at least a night in advance to give those flavors time to bloom. 

I’m using a cast iron, two burner griddle for this. I love this thing! It allows me to cook two components of the Hibachi dinner at the same time. Making me feel like a real pro in these streets! But, you certainly don’t need it. You may use separate pans, skillets, woks, or even an electric griddle. No need to purchase extra tools just for this. Use what you have!

I use two types of oils. Vegetable oil and sesame oil. The sesame oil is used mainly for flavor which is why it is added in at the same time as the soy sauce and other flavoring agents. It adds that Hibachi flavor I’m used to from the restaurant. It also has a thicker consistency than other oils. A little goes a long way. We want to use it sparingly, so be sure to stick to my measurements.  If you can’t find the sesame oil, don’t worry. The taste will be perfectly fine without it. And, the vegetable oil is used to coat the cooking surface to prevent sticking and burning, of course.

When it comes to fried rice, I like to have my rice cooked and chilled in the fridge a day before cooking. But, Hibachi rice is a little less demanding. You never want to cook your rice and then immediately use it for these type of recipes though. I like to cook the rice a couple of hours before using it to allow it to cool some. This prevents it from getting mushy and overcooked. I only use eggs and sweet onions in my Hibachi rice, because that is the way it is prepared at my favorite, local Japanese restaurant. But, feel free to add peas and carrots to your liking.

Hibachi veggies! Use your faves! I kept it simple and just used sweet onions and zucchini in this recipe. But, I have used broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms as well. Customize your Hibachi dinner to you and your family’s taste.

As for the protein, I only used steak and shrimp in the video. However, I do provide you with the steps for chicken as well. Hibachi is fairly simple cooking. The same cooking method is basically used for all of the protein. The cooking time is really the only variable.

I’m able to find garlic butter in my local supermarket. But, if it’s hard to come by in your area, I gotcha covered! Garlic Butter is very easy to make at home as well. And it really takes the flavors of the Hibachi meal up a few notches! The recipe is below. 

Hope my recipe is helpful and encouraging enough for you to try this dinner idea for your family! It’s very fun and not as complicated as it looks! 

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Hibachi Dinner at Home
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Yum Yum Sauce
  1. 1 1/4 cup mayo
  2. 1 tsp granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1/4 tsp paprika
  5. 1 T melted butter (unsalted)
  6. 1 tsp tomato paste
  7. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  8. 2-3 T water
Ginger Sauce
  1. 1/2 onion (chopped)
  2. 2 T lemon juice
  3. 1 T grated ginger
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  6. 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  7. 1/4 tsp sugar
Hibachi Rice
  1. 2 cups cold, cooked rice (white rice)
  2. 1 T sesame oil
  3. 2 T butter
  4. 2 T soy sauce
  5. 1/2 sweet onion (chopped)
  6. 1 large egg
  7. chopped green onions
Hibachi Noodles
  1. 1/2 lb or 6 oz noodles (Udon, Rice, Ramen, or Linguine)
  2. 2 tsp sesame seed oil
  3. 1 T garlic butter
  4. 2 T soy sauce
  5. 1 T teriyaki sauce
  6. Optional: 3-4 green onions (chopped, both the white part and green part, separated)
Hibachi Vegetables
  1. 1 large zucchini (quartered)
  2. 1 sweet onion (chopped)
  3. 1 T vegetable or canola oil**
  4. 1 tsp sesame oil
  5. 1 T soy sauce
  6. 1 T garlic butter
  7. pinch of salt
Hibachi Steak and/or Chicken
  1. 1 pound of chicken breast and/or sirloin steak (cut in bite sized pieces)
  2. 1 T vegetable or canola oil**
  3. 1 tsp sesame oil
  4. 2 T garlic butter
  5. 2 T soy sauce
  6. 1 T teriyaki sauce
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Hibachi Shrimp
  1. 1 lb raw shrimp
  2. 1 T vegetable or canola oil**
  3. 2 T garlic butter
  4. 1 T soy sauce
  5. 1 T teriyaki sauce
  6. lemon juice (optional)
Garlic Butter
  1. 1 stick unsalted butter (softened at room temp)
  2. 1 T minced garlic
  3. 1 tsp chopped parsley
  4. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Yum Yum Sauce
  1. (Make 1 day before serving.)
  2. Mix all ingredients (except water) together well.
  3. Add 1-2 T of water to reach your desired sauce consistency.
  4. Chill overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve at room temperature.
Ginger Sauce
  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Hibachi Rice
  1. Heat oils in a wok or skillet.
  2. Add onion and saute for 1-2 mins
  3. Add in the egg and lightly scramble it.
  4. Once egg is nearly cooked, add in the cold rice, butter, and soy sauce.
  5. Toss rice and egg together until rice is warm and eggs are cooked completely.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste if needed.
  7. Add chopped green onions.
  8. Remove from pan and serve.
Hibachi Noodles
  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain well.
  2. Heat oil
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the green part of the green onions
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Once noodles are very coated and hot, add in the green onions
  6. Adjust seasoning to your liking if needed.
  7. Serve.
Hibachi Veggies
  1. Heat oils into the wok or skillet at medium high heat
  2. Add in the zucchini, soy sauce, butter, and a pinch of water.
  3. Saute for 5 minutes
  4. Add in onion and continue to saute until all veggies are tender.
  5. Serve.
  1. Heat veggie oil in a skillet at medium high heat
  2. Add in the steak and sprinkle on the salt and pepper.
  3. Saute steak.
  4. Once steak begins to brown, add in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Continue to cook the steak to your desired level of doneness.
  1. Heat veggie oil in pan at a medium heat
  2. Add in chicken and all remaining ingredients.
  3. Continue to cook the chicken until completely done.
  4. Saute to avoid burning.
  1. Heat oil in skillet or wok
  2. Add in shrimp
  3. Add the butter, soy sauce, and teriyaki.
  4. Saute until shrimp are cooked.
  5. Be careful not to overcook.
  6. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Garlic Butter
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor. (You can also stir it by hand in a bowl.)
  2. Blend well.
  3. Spoon butter in between plastic wrap and mold into desired shape. Or store in a tightly sealed container.
  4. Refrigerate until firm.
  1. **Please use the vegetable oil as needed! I provide measurements in case you're cooking each component separately. If you are using the same griddle, skillet, etc., you may not need to add oil with the addition of each meal component. Use only as needed.
  2. When seasoning with salt to taste, keep in mind that you'll be using soy sauce as well. Soy sauce will add sodium too.
  3. I used a cast iron griddle for this meal to cook a couple components at once. However, a skillet, wok, and pan maybe used as well. Use what you have.
  4. If you make your own Garlic Butter, it will last for up to one week in the refrigerator. Store tightly in plastic wrap or a sealed container.
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Smothered Potatoes & Sausage in a Rice Cooker

Hey babes! Thought I’d share an easy and budget-friendly meal today! But, I have to let you in on a secret. I have NEVER cooked white rice on the stove. Ever. I’d be lost without my beloved rice cooker. It’s a blessing! And now, we can put stuff other than rice in the thing too?! Chile, sign me up!!

How easy was that? Feel free to add shrimp too if you’d like! I forgot to film the part where I added butter. My apologies. But, all of the details will be listed below.


B. Coop


Smothered Potatoes and Sausage

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb sausage
  • 5-6 potatoes idaho, red, russet, your choice
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 tbsp Cajun spices
  • 1 tsp Accent
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Brown sausage; drain grease

  2. Layer 1/3 of each the sausage, potatoes, veggies, spices, and butter at a time into the rice cooker.

    This should create 3 layers

  3. Pour in the broth. Do NOT stir.

  4. Close rice cooker and turn it on. It your rice cooker has different settings, use the WHITE RICE setting.

  5. When cooker is done. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  6. Enjoy!



Creamy Red Beans and Rice

It’s Monday in Louisiana…you know what that means! Creamy red beans and rice are on the stove and filling Southern homes with insanely delicious aromas! It’s a tradition here, ya know? My good friend, Chasidy, saved me a google search and detailed the reason why the whole red beans on a Monday thing came about. But, it’s too long to type. I’ve been under the weather and I’m falling asleep while typing right now. You’ll have to do ya own research today, Bae! Y’all are just here for a recipe anyway. Love you. Okay, back to my beans, Chile. Now, every household has their own way of imparting flavor to their beans. Use the meat of your preference. Ham bone, smoked turkey necks, pickled meat…throw it all in if ya want! I’ve had red beans many ways. This is my favorite. CAUTION: No bell peppers are used in this recipe! Don’t throw a tantrum! Just hear me out and trust me on this. Okay?

Of course, you can soak these overnight to reduce cooking time. And, of course, I ain’t got time for that! I do a “quick soak”. See, what you do is…wait, I’ll just tell ya in the recipe below. I’ll film this if you guys would like that as well. And to the sweet darlings that sent me messages for this recipe MONTHS ago, I’m so sorry! I JUST learned how to check your requests on here. Bear with me. I’m technologically challenged.

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Red Beans & Rice
Serves 8
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
4 hr
  1. 1 lb red beans
  2. 1 lb smoked sausage
  3. ham bone, ham hocks, smoked turkey necks, and/or pickled meat
  4. 1 diced onion
  5. 1 diced bell pepper
  6. 2 finely chopped celery stalks
  7. 1 chopped garlic clove
  8. 6 cups of water
  9. 3 beef bouillon cubes
  10. 1 T onion powder
  11. 1 T garlic powder
  12. 2 tsp Accent
  13. 2 T cajun seasoning
  14. 2 T unsalted butter
  1. Rinse and drain beans to clean (oooh that rhymed! I'm corny. Continue...)
  2. Put beans into pot and fill with enough water to cover them
  3. Discard any floating beans using a spoon (Easy way to get rid of the bad ones)
  4. Heat on high and bring to a boil
  5. As soon as it starts to boil, turn off the heat, cover with lid, and allow beans to soak for 1-2 hours
  6. Drain and rinse again
  1. Slice sausage and fry in the pot while the beans drain for 6 mins
  2. Add in onions and celery, and saute for 3 mins
  3. Add garlic; saute for 30 secs.
  4. Pour beans back into the pot
  5. Add in meat of your choice
  6. Pour in 6-7 cups of water and the bouillon cubes
  7. Bring to a boil
  8. Lower heat to a simmer
  9. Cook for 1 hr hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally
  10. After 1 1/2 hours, add seasoning and butter
  11. Cook, uncovered, for an additional 30 mins or until thick and creamy
  12. Serve over rice and don't forget the cornbread I was too lazy to make
  13. Enjoy!
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