Cajun Jambalaya

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  • Busy week? Still need something satisfying, tasty and soul-fulfilling? Try this easy jambalaya. It is a perfect one-pot meal that is ready in about 40 minutes and leaves you the time to be doing other things while it cooks.

    This Cajun Jambalaya is a mouthwatering recipe that can be ready in less than an hour. Andouille turkey sausage and shrimp give this recipe so much flavor! #cajunjambalaya #healthyjambalaya #easyjambalaya www.savoryexperiments.com

    Cajun Jambalaya Recipe

    Cajun jambalaya is one of our family’s favorite weeknight meals. We both love sausage, we absolutely love shrimp, and we can’t get enough spice in our food. Seriously, we are addicted to it.

    Since there are only two of us, I make the whole batch, pack up the rest in airtight storage containers and have lunch for the rest of the week. Meal prep made easy.

    Not only that, but you can easily freeze single servings of this for later.

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    Protein

    I used shrimp and chicken andouille sausage, but you can use any type of protein you want, or none at all and make it a vegetarian dish. Poached or shredded chicken breast or even rotisserie chicken is a great add-in.

    True andouille sausage, pork, clams, mussels and even scallops are all acceptable. Use one main protein or a combination of your favorites.

    Rice

    You can also use long grain white rice if you prefer the texture or taste, but make sure it is a “minute” version. This will help you to save that all-important thing, time.

    Brown rice is simply less processed but certianly has a different texture than some folks don’t like.

    Cajun Seasoning

    You read correctly, this recipe doesn’t use the bottled cajun spice mix. I’ve had enough people ask that I had to address it.

    What is in Cajun seasoning? garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, oregano, thyme and then something spicy like paprika, cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. Since this recipe uses those elements, but some fresh, it doesn’t need it. But you like having a big POW, add 2 teaspoons.

    For mine, I like to add additional hot sauce.

    Jambalaya Vs Gumbo

    What is the difference between jambalaya and gumbo?

    Well, first off, they are both staples from the great state of Louisiana. Jambalaya is influenced by the West African, French and Spanish people who settled there. It is almost like a casserole or a distant relation to paella, the rice-based dish from Spain.

    Jambalaya is made up of a mixture of meats, vegetables mixed with rice and stock. Everything in jambalaya is cooked in the same pot. Hence my one-pot meal comment.

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    Meats that are sometimes included are chicken, ham, crawfish, shrimp and smoked sausage like andouille.

    Gumbo, on the other hand, is a mixture of vegetables and meat cooked in a thickened stock. Think of it more as a soup or stew.

    Authentic New Orleans Gumbo is a rich and hearty sauce mixed with vegetables, Andouille sausage, chicken and even seafood. Serve over rice for the perfect Creole meal.
    Gumbo

    The vegetables that are often used include okra, onions, celery, and green pepper. Meats and proteins vary by region, county, and household for that matter, but sausage, chicken, ham, crawfish, and shrimp are all very popular.

    Easy Jambalaya Recipe

    The main difference here is that it is two pots. The rice is cooked separately. Gumbo is served with rice while the rice in jambalaya is cooked and incorporated into the dish.

    And while those are the main differences, there are so many variations within all of that that sometimes you feel like your head could spin.

    For example, there is Cajun gumbo, Creole gumbo, and Gumbo z’herbes. In the jambalaya category, there is Cajun, Creole and even white jambalaya. Each one has its own subtle difference from the other.

    And it’s no wonder. Louisiana is a big mixing pot of people, cultures, and cuisines! Whatever your preference, you won’t be disappointed with this jambalaya recipe.

    It will be part of your weekly routine in no time.

    bowl of jambalaya with fresh thyme

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    Cajun Jambalaya

    This Cajun Jambalaya is a mouthwatering recipe that can be ready in less than an hour. Andouille turkey sausage and shrimp give this recipe so much flavor!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Creole
    Keyword: easy jambalaya
    Servings: 5
    Calories: 550kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Heat Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add celery, bell pepper and garlic. Continue to saute for 5 minutes.
    • Add brown rice through canned diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cover. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
    • Fluff with a large fork or spoon, add shrimp and and sausage. Cover and continue to heat on low for 5 minutes.
    • Remove bay leaves and thyme springs. Mixture will have a little bit of liquid, but not be soupy. Taste test rice, as brown rice can sometimes be finicky. Allow to rest for a few minutes uncovered before serving.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 1299mg | Potassium: 870mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 4.9mg

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