Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya Recipe

A bowl of sausage and shrimp jambalaya
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Ratings (34)
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
472 Calories
20g Fat
34g Carbs
39g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is an easy, delicious version of one of America's great dishes. It's soul food at its finest - hearty, satisfying, and deeply comforting. There are many variations of this Creole classic, but this sausage and shrimp version is my favorite jambalaya recipe. The brown rice adds a great texture and nutty flavor, as well as raising the nutritional level of the dish.​


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 8 oz. Andouille sausage (or another spicy smoked sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato (fresh or canned)
  • 1 large green bell pepper (cored, seeded, and diced)
  • 2 ribs celery (trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices)
  • 4 green onions (white and light green parts; thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb. large shrimp (peeled and deveined)

Steps to Make It

In a heavy-bottomed pot with a lid, melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the sliced sausage and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

Add the paprika, cumin, cayenne, black pepper, and salt, and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring for a few minutes to let some of the liquid from the tomatoes evaporate.

Add the green bell pepper, celery, and most of the green onions (reserve some of the onions for garnish). Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the brown rice and mix well.

Add the chicken broth, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for 45 minutes.

Remove the lid and check the rice. It should be just tender; if it is still too firm cook longer.

When the rice is tender, stir in the shrimp, cover, and cook for 5 minutes, or just until cooked through and no longer translucent. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.

To serve the jambalaya, spoon it into individual serving bowls with green onions sprinkled on top.


Recipe Notes and Tips

If you decide to substitute long-grain white rice in this jambalaya recipe, you will need to check the recipe after 20 minutes, as it cooks much faster than brown rice.

Andouille sausage is a French-Creole smoked sausage made with pork and spices. If you can't find Andouille, any spicy smoked sausage, such as chorizo or kielbasa, can be substituted.

Jambalaya makes a great one-pot dish. To round out the menu, serve with warmed cornbread or a French baguette and a tossed green salad.