The Only Jambalaya Recipe You’ll Ever Need

From the fishes and loaves to the last supper, the Bible speaks glowingly about feasts. Even sacred communion is commemorated by leavened bread and wine.

As such, it’s only right that we share with you the best southern Jambalaya recipe that we’ve ever tasted!

Easy Jambalaya

Whether you’re preparing an after-church dinner or an alternative to your classic holiday menu, Jambalaya is an easy meal that you can set and forget in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

You’ll spend some time prepping your vegetables, but once you’ve done that, you can set the timer on your cooker and move on to other things. Rest assured that as your various flavors blend on low heat over time, this Southern dish will cook itself.

Jambalaya Ingredients


  • 1 lb Andouille sausage
  • 2 Chicken breasts, boneless skinless


  • 1 lb Shrimp, raw large


  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Red Bell peppers, small
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Jalapeno pepper – diced
  • 1 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 1 (14-ounce) canned fire-roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 White onion – diced
  • Fresh parsley – to taste

Canned Goods

  • 3 cups Chicken stock

Pasta & Grains

  • 1 1/2 cups White rice, long grain


  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning or creole seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp freshly-cracked white pepper


  • 3 tbs Garlic-infused Olive oil
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Jambalaya Rice

Jambalaya is best served over long-grain white rice. However, if you prefer brown rice or wild rice, the rich mix of spices will easily blend well with your preferred alternative. Just increase your spice mix with your rice in mind.

Jambalaya Pasta

Looking for a pasta alternative to traditional rice? Try replacing the rice with an organic fettuccini or linguine. Follow the cooking instructions on the package for al-dente pasta and over-salt the pasta when boiling.

Do not overcook your pasta! Remember that your pasta will continue to cook when mixed with the other ingredients.

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions

Begin in the saute mode. Pour in your olive oil. Add your bell peppers and onions to the hot oil and cook until soft. Now brown the sausage and the chicken with the vegetables.

Next, add the fire-roasted tomatoes while stirring consistently. Once the tomatoes are blended well, add all of your spices and continue to stir.

When the spices are well-blended, add the bay leaves and chicken broth.

Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook for 7 minutes and do a quick pressure release after the time is up.

After all the pressure is released and the Instant Pot is safe to open, add the shrimp, and parsley. Cover the pot and let the residual heat cook the shrimp. Allow the Jambalaya to blend for at least 10 minutes.

Serve Instant Pot Jambalaya over your preferred rice or pasta. Plate the meal and garnish with green onions (if desired). Done!

Slow Cooker Jambalaya Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Combine chicken, sausage, onion, green pepper, celery, tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, spice mix, thyme and oregano in a large (5-quart) slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours.

Step 2

Add shrimp and rice; raise heat to high and cook for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

Step 3

Plate the meal and garnish with green onions (if desired).


This Jambalaya recipe works well for church fellowships and potluck events. It’s also a favorite go-to meal for those times when you can’t stay in the kitchen for hours. Best of all, you don’t have to be a master chef to craft an impressive and delicious dish for any occasion. Enjoy!

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