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Healthy Jambalaya Recipes
Thought to have originated from Spanish paella, jambalaya is a hugely popular dish that combines any number of ingredients together in a harmony of hot flavor. While there is no wrong way to make Jambalaya, these easy recipes offer healthier ways to enjoy this hearty, inexpensive, and flavor-packed rice dish.
Here, this delicious Jambalaya recipe is loaded with flavor thanks to a hit of Cajun seasoning and Andouille sausage. Andouille, a smoky, garlicky pork sausage, adds depth, but you can use any flavorful chicken or pork sausage. Pair this hearty recipe with crusty bread for dipping and serve it up at your next tailgate, office party, or casual weekend gathering. Jambalaya has a tendency to bring people together, so consider doubling the recipe and inviting neighbors.
Instant Pot Jambalaya Soup
We've reimagined the traditional rice dish into a comforting soup that's made in your handy Instant Pot. Look for andouille near the smoked sausages in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. If you don't own an Instant Pot, you can also make this recipe in your slow cooker.
Sheet Pan Jambalaya
Admittedly, this is not a classic jambalaya recipe. But it does capture the ingredients and flavors that are characteristic of jambalaya—bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, sausage, shrimp, rice, and Creole seasoning. It’s just a chunkier, fresher take on the classic. Bell peppers, onions, and sausage get a head start on the pan, and then shrimp and tomatoes get added. As the veggies cook on the pan, they release some of their flavorful juices; and then you add the rice, which soaks up all the tasty liquid. It’s a perfect candidate for sheet-pan cooking.
Slightly spicy andouille sausage, shrimp, rice, and the cooking “trinity” of the Bayou—onion, celery, and bell pepper—give this regional dish its distinctive flavor. If you want to keep it mild, omit the additional ground red pepper from the rice mixture.
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
This easy one-dish jambalaya features both smoked sausage and shredded rotisserie chicken for convenience.
Steel-Cut Oats Jambalaya
The Creole classic gets a fun makeover with steel-cut oats, which are higher in protein and fiber than white rice. But I wouldn't dare change the heart of the recipe—the trinity of onion, bell pepper, and celery. Be sure to use quick-cooking steel-cut oats for the best results.
Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya
Get ready to serve a crowd! Fowl meets prawn in this variation. The turkey kielbasa presents a healthier alternative to conventional pork sausage. Baguette pieces continue the French-Cajun theme.
Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage
Using both andouille sausage and juicy pink shrimp, jambalaya is like a spicy surf-and-turf. To save time, buy frozen peeled shrimp and thaw in the refrigerator or under cold, running water.
New Orleans Jambalaya
This New Orleans favorite is hearty and packed with vegetables, andouille sausage, and shrimp. This recipe comes together fast thanks to canned Cajun-stewed tomatoes and pre-cooked rice.
Andouille sausage adds a kick to the Cajun classic. Rice and shredded turkey absorb a flavorful mixture of tomatoes and spices until they're bursting with flavor.
This slow-cooker jambalaya clocks in at only 315 calories per serving. Round out this meal with a small green salad and a slice of toasted French baguette.
Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya
Consider sound when cooking this dish. The andouille sizzles loudly at first, then quiets as it renders fat, indicating that it's nearly done. The vegetables cook softly as they release liquid. But the noise increases as they start to caramelize. Don't worry if the bottom of the pan becomes dark brown or even black in parts before you add the broth; it deepens the flavor of the dish.