Easy and delicious rice recipe! Jambalaya is a traditional New Orleans-style rice dish, flavored with aromatic spices and typically made with an assortment of meats. My shrimp and sausage jambalaya is warming and delicious, seasoned with spices like smoked paprika, chili powder and cumin! And the best part – it’s a one-pot recipe, so that means no extra dishes to wash at the end of the night!
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How to Make Jambalaya
This delicious rice recipe is all about the meats and spices! I like to make my jambalaya with a variety of meats: chicken thigh, jumbo shrimp, smoky sausage and even some bacon! Each meat adds so much great flavor. Start by rendering the bacon slices and then use the bacon fat to fry the chicken and sausage. I like to use creole sausage, polish kielbasa or a spicy-flavored sausage. It adds so much great flavor! I also like to make this dish with chicken thigh rather than chicken breast because it’s juicier. Just cube the meat and cook until well browned, then add the shrimp and sausage. I also use the same pan for the onion and bell pepper!
Next up, the spices! They add so much aroma and flavor to this dish! I like to add smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic, dried basil and thyme, and even a little bit of cayenne pepper for some spiciness. Then, add in the rice, stir and cook for about 20 minutes. Add the shrimp last and arrange them nicely over the top. Cook the rice covered, allowing the steam to cook the shrimp. I always add the shrimp last so that it stays juicy and doesn’t get overcooked. Allow the dish to stand for about 10 minutes after it’s done cooking, then fluff with a fork and enjoy!
Enjoyed this easy rice recipe? Check out some of my other easy recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Easy Chicken Rice Pilaf – juicy chicken with aromatic rice!
- Easy Mushroom Rice – enjoy this side dish with any meat!
- Beef Rice Pilaf (Plov) – with chunks of tender beef and garlic.
- Cheesy Shrimp Quesadillas – with cheddar cheese, guacamole and juicy shrimp!
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