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Classic Jambalaya Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 servings
Calories 578
This homemade jambalaya recipe is my new favorite recipe to make for potlucks and events! I've perfected this easy recipe with my family and its packed with unique bold Cajun flavors that will have your family raving!


  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb andouille sausage (sliced into rounds)
  • 3 bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 jalapenos (seeded and minced)
  • 1 white onion (diced)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 15oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb raw large shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cup okra (sliced)
  • green onion (garnish)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)


  • Over medium high heat in a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the sausage for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring. Once the sausage becomes lightly browned, transfer to plate a set aside.
  • Next, add the remaining olive oil to the pan and add the bell peppers, celery, jalapeño, onion, and garlic, sautéing for 6 minutes or until softened. Once the onions are softened, add in the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, rice, cajun seasoning, thyme, crushed red pepper, and bay leaf and stir to combine. Cook the mixture until it reaches a simmer, then cover the pan and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Be sure to stir every 4-5 minutes or so, so that the rice does not burn.
  • When the rice is nearly cooked through, add the shrimp and okra, stirring occasionally until the shrimp or cooked. Discard the bay leaf and remove from heat. Garnish with green onion and serve hot.
Calories: 578kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1717mg | Potassium: 2294mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 3504IU | Vitamin C: 113mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 11mg