Recipe | Charleston Red Rice

Red Rice was brought to America via enslaved Africans. Being that the lowcountry was prime real estate for rice farming, it only makes sense that Red Rice quickly became a Charleston staple. This versatile starch can be paired with just about any protein you can imagine. At home, I like cooking Charleston Red Rice with shrimp or flaky white fish. Chicken, Sausage, or pork would all be perfect substitutes served next to this delicious rice as well.

Ingredients List

  • 1 Small yellow onion, fine diced
  • 1 Green bell pepper, fine diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Marsh Hen Mills Gold Rice or Middlin’s
  • 1 small can tomato puree
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water or broth to a gentle simmer.
  2. Add tomato paste & spices to the water. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Add your rinsed rice to the pot, reduce heat and cover with a lid.
  4. Let cook 15-20 minutes
  5. While rice is cooking, Saute onion, pepper, and garlic.
  6. Once rice has cooked, transfer to a heat-safe bowl.
  7. Combine your rice and sauteed onion mixture together.
  8. Season to taste. Garnish with parsley or Scallions
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Charleston Chef Service.

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