New Orleans-Style Red Beans and Rice with Fresh Ham Hocks

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 3 hr. 5 min.
Total: 3 hr. 20 min.
This long-simmering dish lets you go about other business while it gently cooks. Make sure that the dried beans are clean!


  • 1 lb red beans, dried
  • 1 lb ham hocks, fresh
  • 3/4 tsp seasoned salt, divided
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 cups rice, hot cooked


  • Sort and wash beans; place in large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans. Bring beans to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans and set aside.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt over sides of ham hocks. Heat vegetable oil in Dutch oven; brown ham hocks 3 minutes on each side. Add reserved beans, remaining seasoned salt, onions, thyme, bay leaf and pepper and stir to blend. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and cover; simmer 2 to 3 hours or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf and serve beans over rice.
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

Serving Suggestion: Enjoy with corn bread, coleslaw, and chilled lemon sherbert.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 520
  Calories from Fat 64 (12%)
(11%)Total Fat 7g
(10%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(15%)Cholesterol 45mg
(20%)Sodium 470mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 79g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(68%)Protein 34g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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