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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. 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

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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.

And sometimes I make even more to freeze. It’s always good to have a few quick and easy meals that you can pull out of the freezer and heat up quickly.

If you want to freeze it, put it into an airtight container before putting it in the freezer. It should be good for a couple of months. Then thaw it before you heat it up, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.

This skillet dinner is basically a sausage and rice casserole that you cook on the stovetop. Or you can mix it up on the stovetop and transfer it to the oven, as long as the cookware is oven-safe.

After eating this delicious meal, you’ll want to add pork sausage to your weekly grocery list. It’s delicious and budget friendly.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association. As always, you can count on my honest opinion regarding any of the recipes I prepare. 

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.

If you 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.

I like to have a variety of cuts of pork on hand because it’s such an easy main dish to cook, and it goes with so many different side dishes.

If you were to open my freezer, you’re likely to find pork chops, pork sausage, pork tenderloin, and ham.

Regardless of how I cook pork, we enjoy the flavor and lean nutrition it provides. I also love the fact that you can substitute pork in most chicken recipes.

Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner Ingredients

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:

  • Ground pork sausage
  • Uncooked white rice
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Water
  • Chopped onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 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.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Benefits of Pork

Pork is good for you in so many ways. According to the NIH, it’s high in protein that we all need to make and repair the cells in our body. 

Today’s pork is leaner and lower in saturated fat than it was decades ago. You’ll also be happy to know that pork is an excellent source of potassium that helps regulate your blood pressure, making it a heart-healthy food.

Pork doesn’t have any carbohydrates, so it’s perfect for low-carb diets. It’s also rich in many of the B vitamins and zinc.

You can learn more nutrition facts here at

About Today’s Pork Farming

Pork farmers are committed and care deeply about the health of the pigs, productions, feeding methods, and so much more.  Learn more about pork farming, practices, principles, and industry standards by going to

I have family and friends who are farmers from all over the country. They’re all excited about the development and improvement of pork farming.

Although these dedicated farmers face many challenges, they do everything they can to raise healthy pigs.

When you purchase pork from either a grocery store or local butcher, you’re supporting the families who run these farms in Wisconsin and other areas of the United States.

The farmers take their job of feeding the world seriously as they provide affordable, safe, and nutritious food.

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.

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. 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.

What Other Foods Go Well with Sausage?

Almost anything that goes with other meats also goes well with sausage. Some popular options include sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, french fries, and beans.

When I make bean soup, sometimes I add sausage instead of ham to give it a slightly different flavor. It’s fun to change things up periodically.

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!

pan and plate of pork sausage and rice skillet dinner

Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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


  • 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. 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.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
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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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.

Lauren Santos

Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Is this made with regular turkey sausage? (Usually used as breakfast sausage)


Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Hi Lauren. I usually make this skillet dinner with pork sausage. However, if you prefer turkey sausage, it should be just as delicious!


Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Easy to make recipe but it does need seasonings. Suggestion : add a few tablespoons of your favorite seasoning blends.


Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Thank you for commenting. It's always good to add the seasonings you like.

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