Jambalaya is a Spanish dish with French influence that is made up primarily of meat and vegetables combined with rice. The result is something that is a little spicy, very meaty, and extremely flavorsome and satisfying.
The mixture will traditionally be made using a combination of sausages and smoked meats. Chorizo is a popular option for instance, and you might also find it often uses pork, chicken, and shrimp. Other popular ingredients include celery, green bell peppers, and veg like carrot.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is very quick and easy to make, but it is really satisfying and tangy. It’s perfect food for dinner parties, and it’s ideal for a lazy day in.
The other good news is that this is an extremely versatile dish with lots of different options for how you want to go about making it. In this list, we’re going to take a look at 14 different jambalaya recipes that you can make so that you always have an option no matter what’s in your cupboard and no matter what you’re in the mood to eat!
1. Creole Jambalaya
There are actually two primary ways to make jambalaya. One is to use the Creole recipe which involves adding your chosen meat to a trio of celery, peppers, and onions. Usually the meat will be chicken and sausage in this case, with andouille being a particularly popular option.
You’ll then add vegetables and tomatoes to cook together, with the seafood coming last. You’ll bring this whole mixture to a boil and leave it to simmer for somewhere between 20-60 minutes. You’ll stir frequently.
The great thing about this version is that it is so easy to make – you can simply cook it all in one pot, adding lots of different ingredients as you go. The other great thing about it is just how tasty it is, and how easy it is to pick at and enjoy with friends!