Jambalaya is a classic dish made with shrimp, sausage, and plenty of seasonings. If you've never had it, try this simple recipe.

Jambalaya with shrimp in green bowl
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
7 cups


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen peeled and deveined shrimp

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • cup chopped celery

  • ¼ cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 2 cup chicken broth

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 8 ounce andouille or kielbasa sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • ¾ cup uncooked long grain rice

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup cubed cooked ham


  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Set shrimp aside. In a 12-inch skillet cook onion, celery, sweet pepper, and garlic in hot oil until tender. Stir in chicken broth, undrained tomatoes, sausage, rice, thyme, basil, black pepper, red pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in shrimp.

  2. Return to boiling. Simmer, covered, about 5 minutes more or until shrimp turn opaque and rice is tender. Stir in ham; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Makes about 7 cups (6 main-dish servings).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

416 Calories
20g Fat
27g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 416
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 1199mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 17.1mg 86%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 373mg 8%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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