Timber 2 Table - Cajun Squirrel Dirty Rice Recipe

Use squirrel meat, including the heart and liver, to flavor this dirty rice.

Cajun Squirrel Dirty Rice Recipe

30 Min

Prep Time

25 Min

Cook Time





Dirty rice is one of my favorite side dishes. The earthy flavor of the traditional chicken livers ties in nicely with the spicy Cajun seasoning blend. We have made the dish with chicken, chicken livers, smoked sausage, or just about any leftover meats that might be found in the fridge.

Serve the dirty rice as a flavorful side dish, or just eat a bowl as a complete meal.

You can make the recipe with just the squirrel meat and a couple of diced chicken livers, or you can really ratchet up the flavor by saving your squirrel hearts and livers for the dish.

Save the squirrel heart and liver for the dish to get even more flavor.


Boned meat from two squirrels

Hearts and livers from two squirrels

1.5 cups of long grain and wild rice blend

1 yellow onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

4 cups chicken stock

2 cups water

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

1 teaspoon ground thyme

2 bay leaves

Cooking Instructions

Cook the squirrel (not the hearts and livers) in either a slow cooker for 5-7 hours, or an Instant-Pot for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and strip the meat from the bones.

Dice the raw hearts and livers then set them aside. Give the pepper, onion and celery a rough chop.

Every good Cajun recipe starts with the trinity of bell pepper, onion, and celery.

Add the rice, stock, boned-out squirrel meat, and water. Add the Cajun seasoning and thyme. Stir well. Toss in the bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes until the rice is done. Fluff with fork before serving.

Realtree Cajun Seasoning give the recipe the perfect blend of flavor and heat.