Easy and delicious rice recipe! Jambalaya is a traditional New Orleans-style rice dish, flavored with aromatic spices and typically made with an assortment of meats. My shrimp and sausage jambalaya is warming and delicious, seasoned with spices like smoked paprika, chili powder and cumin! And the best part – it’s a one-pot recipe, so that means no extra dishes to wash at the end of the night!
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Ingredients for Jambalaya
This shrimp and sausage rice dish is all about flavor! I like to use aromatic spices such as smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic, dried basil and thyme to add maximum flavor. For the protein, I like to use a variety of meats: chicken thigh, jumbo shrimp, smoky sausage and even some bacon! Each meat adds so much great flavor. I also like to include some veggies: bell pepper, onions, celery and garlic. And for cooking the rice, I recommend using chicken broth to add even more flavor!
How to Make Shrimp Jambalaya
You’ll love how quick and easy this flavorful jambalaya is to make! Here’s how it’s done!
- Start by rendering the bacon slices and then use the bacon fat to fry the chicken and sausage. I like to use creole sausage, polish kielbasa or a spicy-flavored sausage. It adds so much great flavor!
- I also like to make this dish with chicken thigh rather than chicken breast because it’s juicier. Just cube the meat and cook until well browned, then add the shrimp and sausage. I also use the same pan for the onion and bell pepper!
- Next up, the spices! They add so much aroma and flavor to this dish! I like to add smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic, dried basil and thyme, and even a little bit of cayenne pepper for some spiciness.
- Then, add in the rice, stir and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Add the shrimp last and arrange them nicely over the top. Cook the rice covered, allowing the steam to cook the shrimp. I always add the shrimp last so that it stays juicy and doesn’t get overcooked.
- Allow the dish to stand for about 10 minutes after it’s done cooking, then fluff with a fork and enjoy!
Enjoyed this easy rice recipe? Check out some of my other easy recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- One-Pot Pepper & Chicken Rice – aromatic and delicious pepper and smoked paprika rice with bone-in juicy chicken!
- Easy Chicken Rice Pilaf – juicy chicken with aromatic rice!
- Beef Rice Pilaf (Plov) – with chunks of tender beef and garlic.
- Cheesy Shrimp Quesadillas – with cheddar cheese, guacamole and juicy shrimp!
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Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya Recipe (video)
1 1/2 pounds sausage, sliced (I used spicy beef)
1 pound jumbo shrimp
1 green or red bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery sticks, diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
1 teaspoon each: chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, tarragon, brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each: ground black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper
diced green onion or cilantro, for garnish
Preheat a large cast-iron pot or pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown on all sides. Remove the sausage from the pan and add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery. Saute the ingredients for a few minutes, then add the spices. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth and return the sausage back into the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a simmer; simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle the rice in an even layer over the broth. Close the pan again and cook for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, add the shrimp. Place it over the top of the rice and sausage; close the pan and let the rice finish cooking. If all the broth evaporates before rice is done, add more broth is small amounts, as needed.
Serve hot with a garnish of green onions or cilantro.