4-Ingredient Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet

published Jan 22, 2024
4-Ingredient Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet Recipe

This one-pan dinner comes together in just 30 minutes — and packs in a ton of flavor.

Serves4

Prep10 minutes

Cook15 minutes to 25 minutes

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Sausage slices and broccoli sautéed with Cajun seasoning in a cast iron skillet.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Rachel Perlmutter

Even when my pantry is practically bare, there’s a good chance that there are a few links of sausage and a hearty vegetable hiding in the back. This one-pan dinner combines deeply browned slices of andouille sausage with crisp-tender broccoli for a weeknight dinner that’s almost too simple to believe. 

When you start with an especially flavorful sausage like andouille, the seasonings are automatically built-in so you don’t need to bother with long cook times or a too-long ingredient list. In just 30 minutes, you’ll be enjoying this delicious four-ingredient Cajun sausage and broccoli skillet dinner. 

Ingredients in Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet

  • Broccoli: Cut florets from 2 to 3 broccoli crowns, and save the stems for a vegetable stir-fry or to shred into broccoli slaw.
  • Andouille sausage: This smoked pork sausage is an important ingredient in Cajun cuisine. It is highly seasoned with garlic, pepper, and spices, and is often spicy. 
  • Garlic: You’ll need 3 cloves of fresh garlic.
  • Cajun or Creole seasoning: This bold blend of spices is a mix of paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, and more. It’s easy to make your own homemade Cajun seasoning blend, but I always keep a jar of Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning in my cabinet. If your seasoning blend is salt-free, taste the broccoli before serving and add salt as needed. 
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Rachel Perlmutter

How to Make Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet

  • Prep the ingredients. Cut the broccoli into bite-size florets, mince the garlic, and slice the andouille sausage into rounds.
  • Brown the sausage. Heat the oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet and cook the sausage until browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate.
  • Cook the broccoli. Add a bit more oil, broccoli, and Cajun or Creole seasoning to the skillet; toss; and then cook until the broccoli is browned in spots. Add the garlic and water; cover and steam until the broccoli is crisp-tender.
  • Combine sausage and broccoli. Return the sausage to the skillet and toss to combine with the broccoli.

What to Serve with Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet

A bowl of this Cajun sausage and broccoli skillet dinner is filling on its own, but here are some sides to fill out the plate. 

4-Ingredient Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet Recipe

This one-pan dinner comes together in just 30 minutes — and packs in a ton of flavor.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes to 25 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 ounces

    fresh broccoli crowns (2 large or 3 medium)

  • 3

    cloves garlic

  • 12 to 16 ounces

    andouille sausage

  • 2 tablespoons

    vegetable oil, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon

    Cajun or Creole seasoning with salt

  • 2/3 cup

    water

Instructions

  1. Cut 10 to 12 ounces broccoli crowns into small, bite-sized florets (about 4 cups). Mince 3 garlic cloves. Cut 12 to 16 ounces andouille sausage crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet or frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the andouille in an even layer. Cook until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the second side and cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl or plate.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, broccoli, and 3/4 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in 2/3 cup water. Cover and cook until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the sausage and any accumulated juices to the pan and toss to combine.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.