Authentic Cajun Jambalaya: A Flavorful Creole Feast


Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Louisiana with our Authentic Cajun Jambalaya. This one-pot wonder is a staple of Creole cuisine, brimming with spicy andouille sausage, tender chicken, and succulent shrimp, all simmered with rice in a rich, flavorful broth. It's a hearty and soulful dish that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Southern cooking.

Authentic Cajun Jambalaya: A Flavorful Creole Feast

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 6-8 people. 
  • Each serving is a hearty bowl of jambalaya.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg
  • Sodium: 900 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Andouille sausage, sliced: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Chicken breasts, cubed: 2
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Long-grain rice: 300 g (1.5 cups)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 large
  • Green bell pepper, chopped: 1
  • Celery stalks, chopped: 2
  • Garlic, minced: 3 cloves
  • Canned tomatoes, diced: 400 g (14 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 720 ml (3 cups)
  • Cajun seasoning: 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Green onions, sliced: for garnish

Method of Preparation

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil. Cook the sausage and chicken until browned. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Remove meats and set aside.
  • In the same pot, sauté onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic until soft.
  • Add rice, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil.
  • Return the meats to the pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until rice is cooked.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with sliced green onions.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning to suit your spice preference.
  • Ensure the rice is fully submerged in the liquid for even cooking.
  • For a smokier flavor, add a bit of smoked paprika.


Can I make Jambalaya vegetarian?

Yes, replace the meats with additional vegetables and use vegetable broth.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat in a skillet, adding a bit of water if needed.

Can I use a different type of rice?

Long-grain rice is preferred, but basmati or jasmine rice can also be used.