Jambalaya

My friends taught me how to make their homemade jambalaya recipe. And it's a total winner.

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Some people make popcorn to celebrate the Academy awards.  Some might whip up a fancy cocktail or two. My neighbors John and Cate?  They invite the whole neighborhood over for a massive jambalaya feast.  NBD. Actually though, it was a big deal because his jambalaya was freaking amazing.  I went back for thirds, in between cheering on Lupita and watching Brad Pitt hand out pizza.  It was an epic night all around. So I asked John if he would teach me his ways.  And like a good neighborrrr, John and Cate were therrrrre. Here’s what I learned…

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First of all, I learned that these two make a pretty darn cute team in the kitchen.  They’ll both be the first to admit that John is more of the cook in the family, whose specialty is usually anything Italian.  But his family is from Alabama and have been making jambalaya for decades, usually with fresh shrimp from the Gulf, they are quick to note.  (Something we Midwesterners just dream about…)

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For some reason I had always associated jambalaya with gumbo, thinking that the process required oodles of cooking time trying to make the perfect roux.  But John assured me that the whole dish can be made in under an hour.  My kind of meal. So last week, he and Cate came by for an afternoon cooking sesh.  John manned the stove and Cate peeled shrimp, and I basically cheered them on and took notes and photos.  And then dove in and (again) had thirds once everything was cooked. Here’s the how to:

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You basically begin with the “holy trinity” of Cajun/Creole cooking — bell peppers, celery and onion.  You all know that I’m a sucker for color in cooking, so I picked up three different colors of peppers for this version.  Oh, and I accidentally forgot fresh garlic, so cheated and went with the refrigerated stuff.  Judge away…I use it all the time.  :) Saute the veggies up until they’re nice and soft.

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Then add in your meat.  We went with chicken and andouille sausage for this batch, and then added in shrimp at the very end.  Feel free to swap out whatever proteins you like for this recipe.

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Saute those up until mostly cooked.  (The chicken should not be pink on the outside.)

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Then pour in all of the crushed tomatoes, broth, seasonings, and rice, and give it a good stir.  Cover and let it simmer on medium-low for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, stirring occasionally so that the rice doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.

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Once the rice is cooked, add in the shrimp and continue simmering until the shrimp are cooked through.  Season with additional salt and pepper and hot sauce, if needed.

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Then serve it topped with a little fresh parsley and scallions for garnish.

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BAM.  So flipping good. And also, very easy to customize especially when it comes to heat.  I prefer jambalaya heavily seasoned and spicy, but if you like a milder version, just go easy on the Cajun seasoning and only use one seeded jalapeno.  If want to “kick it up a notch”, add lots of seasoning, pop in two jalapenos (with seeds), and maybe even add some hot sauce in at the end. John also likes to add in okra to the dish, which I love.  But if you’re anti-okra, hakuna matata, just leave it out.

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Big thanks to John and Cate for Jambalaya 101.  I’ve already made the dish once more since our little lesson, so I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked.  ;)

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Jambalaya

Learn how to make this easy and delicious homemade jambalaya!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (*more/less to taste, see note below)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb. andouille sausage, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white or brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning (**more/less to taste, see note below)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • (optional) 1 cup thinly-sliced okra
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, thinly-sliced green onions, hot sauce)

Directions:

Heat 2 tablespoons. olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, bell peppers, jalapeno and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and mostly cooked. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, chicken and sausage, and stir to combine. Continue sauteing for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink and mostly cooked.

Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, rice, Cajun spice, bay leaf, thyme, and cayenne, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, stirring occasionally. (Don't forget to stir, or the rice may burn on the bottom of the pan.)

Once the rice is tender, add in the shrimp and okra and stir to combine. Let the mixture continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked and pink. Remove bay leaf and season the jambalaya with salt and pepper and hot sauce and additional Cajun/Creole seasoning if needed. Remove from heat and serve with optional garnishes if desired.

*If you like spicy jambalaya, I recommend adding 2 jalapenos with their seeds in. If you like it mild, I'd go with just 1 seeded jalapeno. Or you can go somewhere in between, and always add extra hot sauce at the end if it's too mild.

**I also like heavily seasoned jambalaya, so I go with a full 2 Tbsp. If you think that might be too much, I recommend adding just 1 Tbsp and then taste-testing the rice before adding the shrimp. If you want to add more at that point, just stir some extra seasoning in when you add the shrimp.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Codi Nichole — February 14, 2016 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    This is excellent! I also did not realize how much a single batch could make. My husband and I made a double batch of this and it filled the 7.5 quart stock pot. I will definately be making this again for a large crowd.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

      Thanks Codi — we’re glad you and your husband enjoyed this! :)

  2. Michele — February 15, 2016 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    I made this for my husband tonight and he loved it. I was out of tomatoes so I used tomatoe paste and added extra stock. When my husband gets this at a restaurant he usually complains there isn’t enough spice, I went with 2 jalapeños with the seeds and 2 tablespoons of spice. I am not allowed to lose this recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2016 @ 9:00 am

      Thanks for sharing Michele! We’re glad you and your husband enjoyed this! :)

  3. Viki — February 16, 2016 @ 5:56 pm (#)

     Goodness -totally Good Eats  : ) This recipe was very easy! I used Chicken sausage, 3 Jalapeno’s  and Brown Rice, (took 45 min) .  One of the best things in this recipe imo, was to add the shrimp last few min. I used large fresh peeled deveined uncooked shrimp and they came out perfect.   Froze it and reheated tonight for dinner, added a little Chicken stock and red pepper flakes tonight to make it wet.  My husband loved it and I can’t wait to make it again for a crowd! 
      

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks for sharing Viki! We’re glad you and your husband enjoyed it!

  4. DeVonn — February 17, 2016 @ 10:32 am (#)

    I just wanted to let you know that this Jambalaya recipe is amazing! This is by far my favorite recipe for jambalaya and my family loves it too. Needless to say ever since then we make this routinely. Thank you so much for posting!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

      Thank you DeVonn! That’s such a nice compliment — we’re thrilled that you and your family enjoyed this! :D

  5. Steph — February 23, 2016 @ 8:49 pm (#)

    Can I get the nutritional info?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2016 @ 9:33 pm

      Hi Steph! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  6. Magnus — February 26, 2016 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    Thanks a lot for an good recipe with some family flavors in it.
    It’s not easy to find rural recipies of this dish but this one is one of the few.

    My american friends and coworkers here in Sweden love this one…

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 29th, 2016 @ 10:42 am

      You’re welcome Magnus — we’re glad to hear you and your friends enjoy this! :)

  7. Dan Dickerson — February 27, 2016 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    Tomorrow will be my third go with this recipe and it’s been amazing so far.  All my people love it and the guest count keeps rising each time I make it. I have not added the okra and throw in some mussels for the heck of it. Tomorrow… Mo Heat!!
    Thanks

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 29th, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing Dan — we’re so glad to hear you’re a fan! :)

  8. Marlon Archibald — March 2, 2016 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    It came out so good, I also doubled the amount to feed a family of five and added steak with the shrimp and chicken. Definitely a keeper I. My book.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 2nd, 2016 @ 9:51 pm

      We’re glad you and your family enjoyed this Marlon! :)

  9. Robert — March 3, 2016 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    Fantastic. Just added 1/4 pound of lean cooked ham for the hell of it, but even without it, it would have been just as great.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 3rd, 2016 @ 10:18 pm

      Awesome Robert, we’re glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Joy K. — March 6, 2016 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    This is SO GOOD that I’m about to copy it down on a real paper index card for the Official Recipe Box. LOVED it.

    But HOLY COW it makes a lot. I had to split it between two large skillets  just before I added the liquids and rice. Not a complaint, though: lots of leftovers is a good thing.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

      Thanks Joy — we’re so glad you loved it! And yes, lol it does make quite a bit. We think it’s definitely one of those dishes that improves over time though. :)

  11. Steph — March 7, 2016 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for dinner ideas the other day and my boyfriend pointed this one out. It’s still cold outside up here in the Upper Peninsula and I instantly thought this would be great for a cold day. This recipe is GOLD. Thanks for sharing this! My first time having jambalaya and it definitely won’t be the last! Instantly one of my favorites. I added a bit more stock than it called for, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I was in heaven while eating this. Thanks again! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

      Awww, that is so sweet of you Steph — we’re thrilled that you guys loved it! :D

  12. Donya — March 7, 2016 @ 8:58 pm (#)

    Phenomenal!  Easy and yummy.  I threw in some worcestershire sauce and used smoked paprika.  Served it with some thick french bread and my family thinks I part water now.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2016 @ 8:51 am

      Thank you Donya — we’re so glad you and your family loved it! :)

  13. Christina — March 9, 2016 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    Bought the ingredients to make this and can’t wait! I bought fresh in store made andouille sausage – I am guessing I cook this first, then slice it up? Any tips there would be appreciated! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 9th, 2016 @ 3:37 pm

      Awesome! And yes, that’s usually what we do. We hope you enjoy! :)

  14. Joy — March 12, 2016 @ 11:24 am (#)

    So delicious.  I used rotel tomatoes instead of adding jalapeños and 1 tablespoon each of Cajun and Creole seasoning.  My daughter said my kitchen was like a Cajun restaurant!  Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 12th, 2016 @ 4:27 pm

      Thanks Joy! We’re so happy you and your daughter enjoyed this! :)

  15. Andy — March 14, 2016 @ 4:08 pm (#)

    Hi,

    I would love to make this for my wife this week but she is a celiac and can’t eat gluten AT ALL.  Is there a way to put a gluten-free spin on this?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 15th, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

      Hi Andy! White rice is naturally gluten-free. Just make sure your chicken stock and sausage are gluten-free, and you are good to go! :) We hope you both enjoy!

  16. Greg — March 20, 2016 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    I made this recipie today and followed it to the T. It turned out perfect with the right amount of kick. Served it with Mexican cornbread. 55 total minutes though? I must be a slow cook But I will make it again. Thanks a bunch. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 20th, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

      We’re glad to hear you enjoyed this Greg! :D

  17. Nich — March 20, 2016 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    Awesome dish, super fun to make and easy to make your own. I followed the recipe but made it my own at the same time and it came out wonderful. My wife couldn’t believe I made this on my own ! The parsley made the dish look so fancy, thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 20th, 2016 @ 9:32 pm

      That’s awesome Nich — we’re so glad you and your wife enjoyed it! :)

  18. Diane Turley — April 7, 2016 @ 6:29 pm (#)

    Super tasty but holy cow…I should have left it at 1 Tbsp of Cajun seasoning. Woo! My mouth is burning, and I’m not normally wimpy about spice.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 9th, 2016 @ 9:24 am

      Oh no, we’re sorry to hear that!

  19. Kathy — April 12, 2016 @ 1:06 am (#)

    I will be trying this recipe tomorrow and am super excited. I only have chorizo sausage right now so I hope that’s a suitable substitution for the andouille, also I didn’t see in the recipe what you have for a garnish but it looks pretty. Is it scallions or parsley? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 12th, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

      That’s awesome Kathy — we hope you love it! We think kielbasa would probably be a better substitute for the andouille, but the chorizo should still work. For the garnish, we actually used both! :)

  20. Kathy — April 18, 2016 @ 12:51 pm (#)

    Loved loved loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing and super easy recipe. Even my husband loved it who normally is not a fan of rice dishes at all. Thank you!!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 10:10 am

      We’re so glad to hear that Kathy — thanks for sharing! :D

  21. Kelsey — April 20, 2016 @ 3:40 pm (#)

    I have to say, since making this at home, I have never wanted jambalaya from a restaurant again! I follow the recipe exactly, but use dried chilis in place of jalepenos for convenience. Sometimes when my boyfriend and I are feeling especially naughty, we’ll bake this afterward with shredded cheese. Excellent!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 21st, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing Kelsey — we’re so happy to hear you and your boyfriend love the recipe! Also, cheese is always a good idea. :D

  22. LilApron — April 24, 2016 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    I’ve made this recipe several times now and it’s by far one of the BEST in my house. It’s very easy and can be modified to what ever you’d like it to be. I usually don’t have andouille sausage, so I use linguica. This time I omitted the chicken breast (I didn’t have any on hand)…still very delicious. I also like it to get a little crispy on the bottom…but that’s just me 😬. 

    Thank you for the amazing recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 25th, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words — we’re so happy you enjoy this! :D

  23. Alicia — April 30, 2016 @ 11:51 am (#)

    Made this for a dinner party and we were all impressed. I had never made jambalaya before…I’m so glad I used your recipe. We served with sourdough bread, salad, and light bodied wine. We chose Cajun andouille sausage and fire roasted tomatoes cause we like it hot. The chicken came out slightly over but everything else was just perfect. Makes 8 servings easy. Def keeping this recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 1st, 2016 @ 11:56 am

      Thanks for sharing Alicia — we’re so glad this was a hit! :)

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