Gullah Red Rice


Gullah red rice is one of Charleston, South Carolina's best dishes. Being from the sea islands of Charleston, this is a go-to dish passed down!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 smoked sausage links, sliced

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (such as Hunt's®)

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato paste (such as Hunt's®)

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 cups uncooked parboiled (converted) rice

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Place bacon in a pot and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Add bell pepper and onion to bacon grease and sauté over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook and stir until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove mixture from the pan to a bowl.

  2. Pour tomato sauce and tomato paste into the same pot, along with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; add rice, sugar, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bring back to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Transfer rice mixture to a 9x13-inch baking pan. Cover with foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until liquid has evaporated and rice is tender, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
8g Fat
48g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 1024mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 598mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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