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Authentic Jambalaya Recipe For One

Authentic Louisiana style Shrimp Jambalaya Recipe. A flavorful single serving recipe that can be ready in 30 minutes! Made with the "trinity" of vegetables, this traditional New Orleans jambalaya recipe will surely become a favorite!

Shrimp and sausage jambalaya in a bowl with onions, celery, and green bell peppers in the background

I was born and raised in New Orleans and I grew up eating some of the best cajun and creole meals, including jambalaya on a fairly regular basis. I was so fortunate to have been surrounded by many amazing chefs in my family who believed that food was the key ingredient to every gathering, large and small.

In many Louisiana families, including my own, specific dishes were traditionally served at certain times throughout the year.

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For example, red beans and rice were usually served on Mondays. Sunday afternoons were perfect for cooking a big pot of gumbo, and on Mardi Gras, after all of the afternoon parades have passed by, we made sure we enjoyed a plate of jambalaya and a slice or two of king cake before heading out to the evening parades.

This easy jambalaya recipe is a family favorite. It's a scaled down version of the jambalaya I grew up eating and loving and I know you'll think it's the best jambalaya recipe out there.

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What Is Jambalaya?

Jambalaya is a dish consisting mainly of meat and vegetables cooked with rice.

In the case of this wonderfully delicious shrimp jambalaya recipe, sausage and shrimp are cooked along with the vegetables and served over white rice.

Pro Tip: Jambalaya is made with what is called "the trinity of vegetables", a staple in New Orleans cooking. These vegetables consist of onions, celery, and green peppers. This combination of vegetables provide an abundance of flavor and shouldn't be left out.

What Is The Difference Between Jambalaya and Gumbo?

Jambalaya is similar to gumbo with the main difference being that the rice is cooked along with the rest of the ingredients. In a gumbo, the rice is cooked separately and served with the gumbo.

I actually think jambalaya is more like paella. Both dishes are cooked in a large pan and include vegetables, broth, and spices. The main differences between the two lie in the additions of meats and various spices.

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Shrimp and sausage jambalaya in a bowl with onions, celery, and green bell peppers in the background

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • chopped celery
  • garlic 
  • chopped green bell peppers
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • smoked sausage
  • shrimp
  • diced tomatoes
  • white rice
  • chicken broth

How To Make Jambalaya

There are many versions of jambalaya and those who love it are always quick suggest their favorites. Some people prefer chicken and sausage, others love adding shrimp.

If you love sausage and shrimp, I know you’ll love the version I have for you here. I added a small amount of canned diced tomatoes because that’s the version I grew up loving.

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, garlic, and green peppers. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes until the shrimp are almost completely pink.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes and the rice and cook, stirring for 1 minute, then add in the broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!

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What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

Since this jambalaya recipe yields 1 serving of jambalaya, you will likely have leftover ingredients. You might like to consider using up the rest of the ingredients in any of these recipes:

What To Serve With Jambalaya

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Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: jambalaya
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 695kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 pound smoked sausage , sliced and cut in half
  • 1/4 pound shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

How To Video

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, garlic, and green peppers. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sausage and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes until the shrimp are almost completely pink.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes and the rice and cook, stirring for 1 minute, then add in the broth and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 695kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 366mg | Sodium: 2707mg | Potassium: 941mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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21 thoughts on “Authentic Jambalaya Recipe For One”

  1. 3 stars
    I made this tonight and the rice was still crunchy. I even added extra tomato liquid from the canned tomatoes.
    Great flavor though.

  2. 5 stars
    I have tried many of your recipes with much success but this one is the one to talk about. I thought I was in NO never been but loves me some jambalaya. Your one serving recipes has been my life saver no unnecessary leftovers just great meals and desserts one after another. Thanks from the bottom of my pans….

  3. MaryKay Lawrence

    5 stars
    This was amazing! I followed the recipe as written and it turned out perfect. The recipe made enough for two generous servings. Thank you for another winning recipe.
    MK

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