Easy 40 minute Jambalaya

Easy 40-Minute Jambalaya

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It’s Fat Tuesday today, but because of the pandemic, there will be no Mardi Gras celebrations. It’s a sad day down in New Orleans because the annual holiday just isn’t the same without the parades or elaborate floats. Mardi Gras 2021 looks a little different without the traditions the city usually sees this time of year. For me, I usually only only partake in Fat Tuesday for the food. If you’re the same, my easy 40-minute jambalaya recipe will give you your fix of Louisiana cuisine without the Mardi Gras hoopla.

Easy 40 minute Jambalaya

My easy 40-minute jambalaya is simple to make while still giving you those true creole and cajun spice flavors. My version is made using just one pot and is quick to whip together, so you can make it at any time! This recipe doesn’t just have to be made on Fat Tuesday.

What is Jambalaya?

Jambalaya is a rice dish that originated in New Orleans in the 18th century. There are many different versions of Jambalaya (with both creole and cajun roots) but the typical recipe calls for rice, protein, vegetables and spices. Some common proteins you could include are:

  • andouille sausage (I used turkey smoked sausage)
  • chicken
  • shrimp
Easy 40 minute Jambalaya

I have also seen some recipes incorporate pork, tofu, or other seafood (such as cod, mussels, clams or crawfish). You can choose one protein or include two to three options! The choice is up to you.

What is the Difference Between Jambalaya and Gumbo?

Jambalaya and gumbo are classic creole dishes that have become quite popular across the country. Because of their similar cajun roots, people often mix these two recipes up. But the main difference between them is the rice. Jambalaya is cooked in one pot with the rice incorporated and gumbo is served with rice that is made separately.

Easy 40 minute Jambalaya
I used Zatarain’s yellow rice for this recipe.

How To Make My Easy 40-minute Jambalaya

  1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the onion, pepper, and garlic in the oil for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked rice.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce. You will only use about 6 oz.
  6. Add the creole, salt and pepper seasonings.
  7. Cook until mixture is firm. Typically takes about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Add the shrimp and cook until pink on both sides. Typically takes about 5 minutes.
  9. Serve warm!

If you’re interested in making another traditional dish from another culture, my crockpot ropa vieja is a hit!

Easy 40 minute Jambalaya

Easy 40-minute Jambalaya

A classic dish from New Orleans made with turkey smoked sausage, shrimp, yellow rice, bell peppers and onions.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Creole
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6.9 oz package of Zatarain's Yellow rice
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • 1 pack Turkey smoked sausage
  • 1 lb shrimp tails off
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce you will only use about 6 oz
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • tsp creole seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet, sauté the onion, pepper, and garlic in the oil for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce.
  • Add the creole, salt and pepper seasonings.
  • Cook until mixture is firm. Typically takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until pink on both sides. Typically takes about 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm!
Keyword 40 minute, cajun, creole, easy recipe, jambalaya, one pot