Jambalaya is a family favorite to many, regardless of whether or not you have roots in New Orleans! We wanted to bring this quick and easy Jambalaya recipe to you, which cuts down the cook time but not the flavor we all know and love.

Normally Jambalaya takes close to an hour to make. Yikes! I don’t know about you, but I normally don’t have the time or energy for a recipe that takes longer than 30 minutes, otherwise, we risk a weeknight pizza delivery slip-up. Instead, I pulled out my trusty Instant Pot and whipped up this mouth-watering dish in about 20 minutes. If you like it quite spicy, feel free to up the Cajun seasoning and even add some diced jalapeños, but this recipe is flavorful enough for the whole family. No matter what you choose, this dish will transport you straight to the French Quarter.

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Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz. Andouille or Chorizo sausage, 1/2 inch slices
  • 12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, 1 inch cubes
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, tails removed
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Method

  • Rub shrimp with 1 tsp of Cajun seasoning and set aside.
  • Press the "Sauté" function on your Instant Pot and add oil.
  • Add chicken to the Instant Pot and sauté for 4 minutes.
  • Add sausage and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and sauté for another minute.
  • Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, stirring until the onions soften.
  • Turn the "Sauté" function off.
  • Add the thyme, Cajun seasoning, salt, and rice, stirring to coat.
  • Mix in the tomatoes, Worcestershire, broth, and bay leaves.
  • Cook on "Manual" for 7 minutes, making sure the steam release valve is sealed.
  • Do a Quick Release and serve hot!
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Rhiannon Ball

Rhiannon loves to cook and bake but has also never said "no" to a takeout burrito (see, she's just like you!). Despite slowly running out of room in her cabinets, she continues to expand her collections of cookbooks and kitchen gadgets and is deeply jealous of people who can just "whip something up" without a recipe. When she's not in the kitchen, you can find her camping and hiking with her husband and rescue dog, Waffles.

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