Jambalaya Recipe

You know when you’ve been making a recipe for so long you kinda forget if it’s yours or someone else’s? Well, this Jambalaya recipe is one of those times. I have a vague recollection of changing the spices, increasing the water and removing dried parsley along the way, but that’s besides the point. It needs to be shared regardless.

I love this recipe because, um, it’s delicious, and it also uses only one pot and it freezes really well. So, you know when you’ve come home late and you’re about to open up the peanut butter jar? If you stock your freezer with meals like this, or any stew, soup, or pretty much anything that is basically not a raw salad – you’ve got a quick and easy meal at your fingertips that will actually satisfy what you’re rummaging around your cupboards for 😉

You know what else is amazing about this meal? Aside from it being a one pot meal – it contains red pepper, celery and onion finely chopped up – something that I generally always have in my fridge to sprinkle onto salads, mixed in tuna, in eggs – it just seems to be a staple in our house. So, for me, this meal requires a lot less prep.

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Jambalaya

Source: I’ve been making this recipe for so long I can’t recall if it’s someone else’s or mine 🙂

Ingredients:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 ribs of celery, diced
1 medium purple onion, diced
1 cup chopped red pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 can tomato paste
4 sausages, sliced into rounds – I use an antibiotic and hormone free cajun flavoured sausage
1/2 bag of organic raw shrimp – I like leaving the tails on because it looks neater and feels more authentic
1 cup raw brown rice
3 – 4 cups water (plus more if rice ends up not cooking quickly)
2 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 green onions, chopped (green part only)
optional fresh parsley for garnish

*I have also just used chicken breasts or thighs instead of shrimp or sausage – play around with it (and all recipes) it’s fun!

Directions:

  1. In a large pot/dutch oven/wok (with a lid) heat olive oil, celery, onion and bell pepper until onion is soft
  2. Add garlic and tomato paste and stir
  3. Add sliced sausages and shrimp and lightly brown (can add a smidgen of water if the tomato paste is burning at the bottom)
  4. Add the rice, cajun seasoning, black pepper, and water – ensuring that the rice is completely submerged under the water. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and then simmer on medium-low for 45 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to monitor the water as you may need to add more depending how much water is escaping. Continue to add water until the rice is fully cooked, otherwise it will burn at the bottom of the pan without enough liquid.
  5. Remove from heat once rice is cooked and liquid absorbed
  6. Stir in green onions, and top with fresh parsley (optional)
For this particular day I made this recipe, I had some white onion and carrots already chopped so I threw them in as well

Chop up all the veggies into tiny confetti and sautee with olive oil until onion is soft. For this particular day I made this recipe, I had some white onion and carrots already chopped so I threw them in as well

I like to gently crush the garlic with a knife for easier peeling

Peel the garlic to mince it. I like to gently crush the garlic with a knife for easier peeling

I use a zester to grate garlic over the pan

Add minced or zester garlic to the pot – I use a zester to grate garlic over the pan

Tomato paste

Add tomato paste and stir

Adding the sausage and letting it brown

Add the sausage and let it brown

Add the raw frozen shrimp

Add the raw frozen shrimp

Add the raw brown rice

Add the raw brown rice

Add the cajun seasoning and pepper

Add the cajun seasoning and pepper

Add the water and ensure the rice is fully covered. Bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes, but checking frequently in case you need to add more water - continue until rice is cooked

Add the water and ensure the rice is fully covered. Bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes, but checking frequently in case you need to add more water – continue until rice is cooked

Chop up green onion and parsley (optional) and mix into dish once ready to serve

Chop up green onion and parsley (optional) and mix into dish once ready to serve

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