Easy Jambalaya Recipe

Jambalaya with sausage, chicken, and shrimp

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
379 Calories
17g Fat
35g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 379
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 915mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 22g
Calcium 73mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This jambalaya recipe can be made as mild or spicy as you like. Just adjust the amount of cajun seasoning and cumin. Although this jambalaya recipe takes some time to cook, once everything is in the pot, you don't have to do too much. Serve this jambalaya with cornbread.


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup red pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (diced)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage (or Italian turkey sausage, sliced)
  • 1 28 ounces can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounces) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tsp. cajun seasoning (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/2 pound extra large shrimp (peeled and deveined, raw)
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onions (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Fry bacon in a large, heavy dutch oven until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.​

  2. Add onions, peppers, celery, and garlic to bacon drippings. Cook until onions and peppers are soft, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes.​

  3. Add sausage. Brown on all sides. Add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, rice, cumin, and cajun seasoning. Let jambalaya come to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low, and let jambalaya simmer 20 minutes or until rice is al dente (tender, but not mushy). Taste, and adjust seasonings.​

  4. Add shrimp. Cook 5 more minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. Crumble bacon in jambalaya. Stir. Top with chopped spring onions, and serve.

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