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Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

This pork sausage and rice skillet dinner is a one-pan dinner that is easy to make, delicious, and a breeze to clean up afterward. In fact, it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, even when you’re exhausted and limited on time.

I used my enamel coated iron casserole that is sort of a mini Dutch oven. But you can use any iron skillet, “Always” pan, or frying pan with a lid if that’s what you have. The results will be amazing, regardless of what pan you use.

plate with pork sausage and rice skillet dinner

This is one of my favorite pork sausage recipes because this meal is made in one pan. It’s not necessary to make anything else, unless you want bread or a salad. It’s also a budget-friendly meal and makes great leftovers. I typically make enough to have for lunch the next day.


You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious and nutritious one-pan meal. I like the fact that I typically have most of these ingredients in my pantry.

one-pan pork sausage and rice skillet dinner

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium sliced zucchini (optional)
rice, diced tomatoes, cooking oil, zucchini, sausage, onions, garlic, water, salt, and pepper

I like to add the zucchini for additional nutrition. However, if I’m serving a side salad, I sometimes leave it out. Other delicious veggies you can add are green beans, broccoli, spinach, kale, or Brussels sprouts. You’ve probably noticed that all of the vegetables I recommended are green. That’s intentional. Green is opposite red on the color wheel, so it’s a very colorful dish. I love lots of color on the plate.

If you want to print this recipe, go to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.

How to Make Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

First, pour the oil into your skillet and heat on medium-high. Add the pork sausage and chopped onion. 

Cook until the sausage is done and the onion is translucent. Next, stir in the minced garlic until all of the ingredients are well mixed. Then, add the tomatoes, zucchini (optional), rice, and water. Stir again.

Finally, put a lid on the pan, turn the heat down to low, and let it cook until the rice is tender. This should take about 20 minutes.

Serve hot. If you’re super hungry, serve this delicious dinner with some homemade southern-style cornbread.

Ingredient Variations

You can also add more spice if you want. Here are some seasonings you might enjoy:

  • Cinnamon
  • Jalapeños
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

The key is to make it the way you know your family will enjoy it. If you’re not sure about something, test it on a small amount of the dish. That way, you’ll know for sure.

Versatility of Pork

Pork is one of the most versatile forms of protein you can eat. We like to broil it, fry it, bake it, and cook it in any of our “makers,” such as our slow cooker, Instant Pot, and air fryer. It also makes an excellent main ingredient in a Dutch Oven or other specialty pot or pan. I love the fact that there are so many ways to cook pork. You can also add whatever seasonings you like to get the flavor you enjoy.

For example, we love these flavor-packed creamy ranch pork chops that give us something to look forward to at the end of a long day. We also enjoy this yummy slow cooker pork tenderloin that’s super easy to make in the Crock Pot. Just put the ingredients into the pot, turn it on, and come back a few hours later to an amazing main dish.

If you’re looking for something different but nutritious and delicious, try this cheesy zucchini ham bake. Serve it over rice, with potatoes, or all by itself. These easy Crock Pot pork chops are absolutely delicious! They only require 3 ingredients, and you can cook them in your slow cooker.

For those who like shredded meat for tacos, enchiladas, or any other recipe, try these pork carnitas. Make enough to freeze for a meal next week! Pork is an excellent meat you can enjoy year-round. Whether you’re making a comfort meal in your slow cooker or barbecuing it at a backyard party, you can count on it satisfying everyone’s hunger with deliciousness in every bite.

A reader mentioned in the comments that she used a can of Rotel. I think that’s an excellent idea if the people you’re serving enjoy a little extra spice.

How to Make the Best Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

If you want to improve the flavor of this easy meal, there’s nothing wrong with experimenting. Your family may love certain spices, so feel free to add them.

Here are some tips for personalizing your sausage and rice skillet dinner:

  • Use your favorite brand of sausage. This is the star of the meal, so let it shine.
  • Saute the onions before adding them to the skillet for more depth of flavor.
  • Add more vegetables for flavor, texture, color, and nutrition.
  • Zest a lemon over the finished dinner. This levels up the flavor quite a bit.
  • Cheese lovers will enjoy crumbled feta or grated parmesan. You can sprinkle it over the whole skillet dinner or offer bowls of cheese at the table.
Pan and plate of pork sausage and rice skillet dinner

What Sides Go with Pork?

You can serve most cuts of pork with a wide variety of side dishes. At our house, we like seasoned, air-fried pork chops with these yummy Tex Mex ranch potatoes. Serve rice or potatoes with this delicious shredded marmalade pork tenderloin, and watch everyone ask for seconds … or thirds.

tex mex ranch potatoes on a plate

If you want to keep the meal low-carb, serve ham steak or pork chops with these yummy roasted Brussels sprouts. And of course, pork is delicious with a side of these honey roasted sweet potatoes. Or follow this grilled zucchini recipe from No Plate Like Home. You’ll satisfy everyone’s appetite and know you’ve accomplished your goal of giving your family a healthy meal that they enjoy.

These crispy zucchini parmesan chips are absolutely amazing! They add a lot of texture to any meal, and they go especially well with pork. Add a ton of delicious nutrition to any pork meal with this air fryer butternut squash. It’s so easy to make, but it has a huge payoff.

Also check out these ways to make canned corn taste better. You probably have all of the ingredients you need in your pantry. If you want to impress people with more sophisticated flavors, try this delicious but super easy balsamic glazed zucchini.

Delicious Desserts

Dinner is always better when you serve something yummy for dessert. Here are some of our favorites:

Mug Cake – These are made individually, so everyone can have their favorite flavor!

Mint Chocolate Brownies – This dessert is a fabulous blend of chocolate and mint.

Festive Fudge – Every meal is a celebration when you serve this fudge for dessert!

Yield: 4 servings

Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

pan and plate of pork sausage and rice skillet dinner

This pork sausage and rice skillet dinner is an easy one-pot meal that will make the whole family very happy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound of ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup of uncooked white rice
  • One 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium sliced zucchini (optional)


  1. Pour the oil into the bottom of a large skillet heated on medium-high. Swirl it around until the pan is well coated.
  2. Add the pork sausage to the skillet and break it up. As the sausage browns, turn the heat down to medium-low.
  3. If there is excess oil after the sausage browns, drain all but a tablespoon because you need some oil to help cook the onions and add flavor. 
  4. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté until the onions are translucent. 
  5. If you want to add the sliced zucchini, add it now. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, including the liquid. Mix well.
  7. Add the rice, water, salt, and pepper. Stir. Turn the heat down to low.
  8. Cover and continue to cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  9. Serve hot.


This is a one-dish meal, so you don’t need to have anything else. However, it’s always nice to have a slice of buttered French bread or cornbread with it.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 617Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 98mgSodium 1125mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 26g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Monday 1st of January 2024

IF you follow this recipe, the rice will never get cooked. It will come out hard and dry and grainy. That's because there is not enough water to fully cook the rice. For white rice you usually need 1 and 3/4 cups of water for every one cup of rice.


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Hi Tom. I appreciate your comment, but this recipe is good as-is. Quite a few people (including me, many times) have made this recipe, and this is the first time anyone has mentioned needing more liquid. Please keep in mind that the can of diced tomatoes has quite a bit of liquid, so you don't need to add more than what I have listed in the recipe, or the rice will become glumpy. Since that might not have been clear, I added that you need to add the tomatoes and liquid from the can of tomatoes in the recipe card. Thank you!


Friday 15th of December 2023

I made this and added some powdered onion and ground cumin an used mexican stewed tomatoes. Also cooked a can of red beans. It made a delicious combination with some Louisiana hot sauce. Very Cajun style.No leftovers!


Friday 15th of December 2023

Hi Mike. Your version sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!


Friday 24th of February 2023

OMG ok just got done eating this and holy moly!!! I only had Rotel, so I used that instead of just diced tomatoes and I used chicken broth instead of water. This is honestly probably my favorite meal and it was incredibly easy to make! Thank you for sharing your recipe!


Friday 24th of February 2023

Hi Brittany. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for letting me know. Also, you are a prime example of using what you have to make the recipe your own. That's always a good thing.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Do you think chicken broth would go well with it instead of water? Going to try this tonight!


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Hi Brittany. Yes, absolutely! I use chicken broth quite a bit when recipes call for water.

Melissa Lockwood

Saturday 11th of February 2023

I would love to try this, but I am not an experienced cook. I need it all laid out. Do I drain the can of tomatoes?

Melissa Lockwood

Saturday 11th of February 2023

@southernhomeexpress, thank you for laying it all out for me! I tried mac n cheese last week and the dog wouldn't even eat it. Gritty and dry. Wish me luck! Take care


Saturday 11th of February 2023

Hi Melissa. Thank you for asking. No, you don't need to drain the tomatoes. In fact, the liquid adds more flavor to the dish, and it keeps it from drying out. You can also add more seasonings if you like. Most of the time, I make this for a large crowd, so I don't make it too spicy. However, when I make it for my husband and myself, we like a little bit of heat. If you think you might want to do this, taste it as-is first and only add a little at a time. You can always add more, but once it's stirred, you can't take it out.

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