Instant Pot Jambalaya – Dinner? Done!

This spicy Instant Pot Jambalaya is quick and easy to make, perfect for a work night meal. Make it how you like it and serve it with a nice salad. Dinner? Done!
Jambalaya Instant Pot
Instant Pot Jamabalaya

This spicy Instant Pot Jambalaya is quick and easy to make, perfect for a work night meal. Make it how you like it and serve it with a nice salad. Dinner? Done!

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Jambalaya has always been an easy and thrifty dish for me to make. I’ve made it on my stovetop in my Jambalaya in my Nesco Roaster when I was feeding a lot of people. The spice is the most important part and that can go from mild to as hot as you want it.

I usually make mine with sausage, but if you like seafood, you could use shrimp, crab, or lobster. It’s good with cooked chicken in it – use up that rotisserie chicken you bought at the store. That’s the most wonderful part about this dish, it’s great for using up leftovers. I’ve made it with sausage, shrimp, and leftover chicken.

Jambalaya in the Instant Pot

Using the Instant Pot to make this is a game-changer. Seriously, plop everything in the pot, close it, set it, and forget it. Dinner is ready in 20 minutes! If you chop your aromatic vegetables the night before, you can put them in the refrigerator and have them ready when you are ready to cook. I like to saute them aromatics before I put in the rice, so that adds, what? Another 5 minutes? I can live with that.

Spice Mix for Instant Pot Jambalaya

Usually, I make enough to last for two or three different meals and keep the spice mix in little empty pimento jars. I like pimentos, so I usually have an empty jar or two to put spice mixes in. I recommend white pepper for its spiciness, as well as the old standbys cayenne and paprika. If you are very brave, you can add habanero. A good friend turned me on to Fresh Jax Peppered Habanero. The stuff is mind-blowingly good.

Instant Pot Jambalaya

This spicy Instant Pot Jambalaya is quick and easy to make, perfect for a work night meal. Make it how you like it and serve it with a nice salad. Dinner? Done!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Appetizer or Main Dish, Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Cajun
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty: Easy
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 360kcal

Ingredients

~~ — For the Spice Mix — ~~

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
  • ¾ teaspoon white pepper

~~ For the Jambalaya ~~

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chicken base
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cup rice
  • 1 tablespoon spice mix, above
  • 4 Habanero Green Chili Sausages, sliced
  • ¼ cup sour cream , for garnish

Instructions

  • Mise en Place
    Jambalaya Instant Pot
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, 2 tablespoons paprika, 1 teaspoon oregano, 3/4 teaspoon Black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
    Mix the spices and store them in a cool, dry place away from light.
  • 1 tablespoon butter, 1 clove garlic, 1 onion, 1/4 cup celery, 1/2 cup sweet bell peppers
    Put the inner pot on the stovetop. For other Instant Pots, put the pot on Saute. Melt the butter. Saute the onion, celery, and red pepper until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes.
  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes
    Drain the tomatoes into a measuring cup. Set the tomatoes aside.
  • 1 1/2 cup water
    Add enough hot water to the tomato juice to make up 1 1/2 cup of liquid.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chicken base
    Add the chicken base to the liquid, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • 1 1/2 cup rice, 1 tablespoon spice mix
    Add the seasoning and the rice. Stir to coat the rice with spice and vegetables.
    Jambalaya Instant Pot
  • 4 Habanero Green Chili Sausages
    Add the tomatoes, liquid, and sausage.
    Jambalaya Instant Pot
  • Set the Instant Pot for Rice, White Rice, or 12 minutes on low. Use Natural Release for about 10 minutes, then quick release. Fluff and serve.
    Jambalaya Instant Pot
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
    Serve with a dollop of sour cream for garnish.

Notes

You can make it pescatarian with only fish, vegetarian with no meat, or vegan with no butter. The choice is up to you!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Jambalaya
Amount Per Serving (430 g)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 968mg42%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

One Response to Instant Pot Jambalaya – Dinner? Done!

  1. Penelope P says:

    5 stars
    I liked this because I’m trying to reduce my fat intake and find easy recipes that I can make when I get home from work. My kids loved this. Thanks!

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