A one-pot meal or a sassy side dish, Cajun smothered green beans with sausage is pure rich, velvety deliciousness. Cooked with a heaping of bean pod-hugging butter and seasoning, my take on this south Louisiana staple is my most requested recipe. Naturally keto, low carb, and gluten free, this easy dish also adapts into your Paleo lifestyle oh sooo easily. Yep and yay!!
Cajun Smothered Green Beans is Here, There, Everywhere South Louisiana
Like gumbo or jambalaya, I honestly can’t imagine life without smothered green beans. Like most of those living on this side of the Mason Dixon line, we south Louisianans take our green beans pretty seriously.
They’re served alongside beef roasts and slow-cooked chickens during Sunday dinners. There’s usually at least two versions of smothered green beans at any given south Louisiana potluck. And, you find them at weddings, corporate events, and showers and gatherings of all sorts and sizes. Smothered green beans are everywhere, and every cook’s recipe for them is just as unique as their own signature sweet tea. Yep.
Some cooks put potatoes in them. Potatoes are perfectly acceptable in smothered green beans, and quite tasty to boot. So is salt pork, bacon, ham, sausage, and any other type of meat that you have on hand.
I sometimes add potatoes to this recipe, but truth be told, all I really care about is the beans. I can have potatoes any time, and when I crave green beans, I just want them with the Cajun ‘trinity’, and chicken sausage if I have it on hand.
This Cajun Smothered Green Beans and Sausage is an Old, Old Recipe of Mine
Back then, I only had five or so offerings on my recipe creation menu. This included my beef Bolognese sauce, a mean microwaved baked potato, and my green beans. And while I could whip up a potato or a red gravy without fail, I had a really hard time saving fresh or canned green beans for smothering. I would literally snap the ends of the fresh green beans off, and eat them fresh and raw without any seasoning whatsoever. Or, I would open a can of green beans, drain it, and eat the whole can while standing up.
Now, I use frozen green beans so I won’t (can’t) eat them. And so they’ll always be on hand to make whenever I want them.
Yep, I’m a green bean lover, and this Cajun smothered green beans with sausage is another labor of Louisiana love that’s literally taken me decades to perfect. Certainly in my top 5 favorite things to eat. And, if you’re like the people that I serve it to, you’ll love it just as much as we do, and make it quite often.
You might even convert a non-green bean eating person or two, like I have, into a green bean eating machine. There’s just something about the heavy seasoning, the generous amount of butter, and the slow cooking of this Cajun smothered green beans with sausage that touches the food soul of everyone who eats it.
Of course, you start with the Cajun ‘trinity’ of onion, green bell pepper, and celery. Once that’s going, you add the sausage or meat or your choice. Once the ‘trinity’ cooks down, and the sausage browns a bit, add the frozen green beans. Top with butter (or olive oil, lard, bacon fat, or duck fat for strict Paleo), broth or water, and seasonings.
After about 15 minutes, it should look like this:
And then in another 45 to 60 minutes, it’ll look like this yum deliciousness below!! Its sooo worth the wait, I promise!! Very happy to share my beloved Cajun smothered green beans with sausage recipe with y’all. Please let me know how it turns out for you. Share it with those you love and laugh with, and see y’all on the yum side…
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 pound sausage
- 1 cup chicken broth or water
- 1 stick salted butter
- 24 ounces frozen green beans
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
- Heat the oil over medium heat in a 12" cast iron skillet.
- Add the Cajun 'trinity' and cook down for 10 minutes. Add sausage, and cook until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet. Combine ingredients thoroughly.
- Cover, and cook over medium low heat for 1 hour, or until the green beans change color, and all of the liquid cooks out.