4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Our top-rated jambalaya is a satisfying and hearty dinner that comes together in just a little over 30 minutes. We love the convenience of one-dish meals--which minimize both prep and cleanup time. Using both Andouille sausage and juicy pink shrimp, this jambalaya recipes is like a spicy surf-and-turf. To save time and money, buy frozen peeled shrimp and thaw in the refrigerator or under cold, running water. If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can cook this dish in a large crock-pot.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, minced garlic, and sausage; sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Step 2

Add rice and the next 7 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 2 minutes. Add broth, water, tomato paste, hot pepper sauce, and diced tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add shrimp; cook 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley.

Chef's Notes

This dish is so simple and packed with flavor. 

Ratings & Reviews

candide33's Review

December 27, 2012
Seriously, that is not jambalaya, there are no tomatoes in jambalaya and it is not supposed to be runny, it is supposed to have the same consistency as pork fried rice. I grew up in the Jambalaya Capital of the World.

February 05, 2016
There's always different versions of every recipe. This one is very good but we add whole garlics along with chopped. We are garkce lovers so we adjust recipes to our taste :)

Roxanne605's Review

February 05, 2014
I was looking for something warm and tasty on this snowy night. I made this from my freezer and pantry and it turned out very well. Added a diced chicken breast and used all homemade turkey stock instead of stock and water. Used Sraracha for the hot sauce. For the paprika used half smoked and half Hungarian hot paprika. Had a nice bite of heat. I did not use tomato paste and the consistency was perfect; not too dry or wet. Didn't have fresh parsley so skipped that too. Used fire roasted diced tomatoes. Whether authentic or not, this was delicious and warmed me up. Just what I wanted. Can't wait for the leftovers tomorrow.

EllenDeller's Review

September 10, 2013
This is a good recipe. I used chicken andouille sausage, thereby saving 40 calories per person. Instead of the dry seasonings listed, I used two heaping teaspoons of the cajun spice mix (minus the salt) found elsewhere on the CL website. Also added the traditional chopped green onions to the top of each serving.

bethany's Review

March 21, 2011
Yummy! One pot mess too! very easy. Just the right amount of spice- can kick it up a knotch if you like it hot.

Delicious and simple

June 13, 2017
I've made jambalaya quite a few times, but lost my recipe! This one is outstanding! Better than my previous version, much faster, more flavorful and spicier (which is a good thing!) Some reviews said it was "too soupy"? Not soupy at all, and I followed the directions to a T! Thanks for simplifying a dish that I love to make! Definitely a keeper! 😊

My Fam Loved It

October 04, 2017
Easy & simple but super tasty! I should've doubled the recipe...I mistakenly posted a pic on FB and had to give my leftovers away to my daughter and her friends. I will definitely make this again. I like spicy but it was perfect for someone who just likes a little kick.

jddaniels1982's Review

June 23, 2009
This was really fantastic. Nice and tasty! I used sausage and shrimp, and everybody loved it.

nicoleevon's Review

April 27, 2009
Great variation from our everyday standbys...this was easy enough to make on a week night but good enough to serve to guests. I used a 9 oz package of chicken andouille sausage, regular (salted) chicken broth & diced tomatoes, skipped the garlic salt & onion powder. Served with a salad of baby greens & homemade french bread. Leftovers reheat nicely the next day...this recipe made enough for 2 dinners for 2 people & then some. Definitely a keeper.

Belladonna714's Review

October 29, 2009
Fantastic Jambalaya recipe!! Although the prep time is a little more than usual CL recipes, it's well worth the effort! I can't wait to make this the next time I've got company over that like spicy food.