Easy Jambalaya

I almost called this Jammin’ Jambalaya but then I remembered I like having friends.


Not only is it jammin’ though, it’zeeeeeezy. Not like 1-2-3 easy, but more like 1-2-3-4-5 easy. But not 1-2×87+369-44. It’s seriously just 1-2-3-4-5 easy. Good thing it’s not 862-13xthesquareofpie+infinitygoogle-81, right?

I always hated math.

This is actually a little thing that Aaron created! The jambalaya. Not the maths.

I always like it when he cooks because I get to hover and make suggestions and point to the better knife. Crap, that came out wrong. I meant lie on the couch with my feet up whist sipping a crisp sauv blanc and flipping through my newest This Old House magazine.

. . . yeah we should probably go back to the first scenario.

I only have three photos because I didn’t even plan on shooting this until I took a bite, freaked my face and ran out to grab a notary to renew our wedding vows. It’s SOGOODYEWGUYS.

So that’s that. It’s amazing. You’ll be amazed if you make it. Dazed and amazed. Make it so you can be amazed.



Easy Jambalaya:

What it took for 4:

* 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 2 andouille sausages, sliced
* 4 chicken thighs (trimmed of any excess fat), cut into chunks
* 1 medium white onion, diced
* 2 stalks celery, diced
* 1 red bell pepper, diced
* 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (seeded for less heat)
* 2 – 3 Tbs. creole seasoning (like Tony’s)
* 1 cup white rice (not instant!)
* 1 Tbs. tomato paste
* 1 quart chicken stock
* parsley, for garnish

In a large sauté pan, heat a Tbs. oil over medium-high and add the shrimp. Sear for about a minute on each side. Remove from the pan and add the sausage and chicken, and another Tbs. of oil if needed. Sear until browned on all sides, but not cooked through, 5 minutes total. Remove from pan and set aside.

Back in the pan add a little more oil, the onions, celery, red bell and jalapeno pepper. Add the creole seasoning and sauté until the veggies are tender, 5 minutes.

Add the rice and toss to coat. Add the tomato paste and press it into the veggies and rice.

Add the stock, along with the reserved chicken and sausages. Partially cover and let simmer until the rice absorbs the stock, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste it and add some salt and pepper as needed.

Last second, add the shrimp to finish cooking.

Serve with parsley and dance, baby dance.


You’re still hung up on the This Old House Magazine, aren’t you?

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22 Responses to Easy Jambalaya

  1. Ali @ Inspiralized March 25, 2014 at 7:30 am #
    I love jambalaya - I actually just finished a post on this! Great minds think alike :) Beautiful photos.
  2. Tieghan March 25, 2014 at 8:01 am #
    It looks pretty jammin to me! I love cajun any day!
  3. Andrea @ Barbells and Buttercream March 25, 2014 at 8:01 am #
    No, actually I was thinking about the math problem and it was giving me a headache. But the jambalaya looks relish!
  4. jessica March 25, 2014 at 9:01 am #
    Looks good and i have been wanting to do jambalaya from scratch vs an overly processed box. Thanks
  5. Brie @ Entrée the Giant March 25, 2014 at 10:09 am #
    I'm going to email my husband a link to this post. Let's see if he can pick up what Aaron's puttin' down, shall we?
  6. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist March 25, 2014 at 10:11 am #
    Annnnndddd... you still have friends :)
  7. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am #
    I love how easy this recipe is! This Jambalaya sounds amazing!
  8. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes March 25, 2014 at 11:22 am #
    loves jambalaya! call it as jammin' as you'd like girrrl :)
  9. Alannah March 25, 2014 at 11:40 am #
    I'm gonna make this tonight but be extra annoying and turn it paleo with cauliflower instead of rice. I'm already hungry for it.
  10. Eileen March 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm #
    I've been craving spicy, hearty stews, so you know I think this looks SO GOOD. NOM.
  11. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living March 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm #
    Your jambalaya looks amazing! What would you recommend substituting for sausage for your vegetarian friends?
  12. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste March 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm #
    Yum, yum, yum! I hate math, but I think I'd love this!
  13. Jennie @themessybakerblog March 26, 2014 at 10:30 am #
    Isn't it down right sexy when a man cooks. I wish Squirrel would cook more often. This jambalaya looks amazing. Go Aaron!
  14. Meredith March 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm #
    So delicious!
  15. Tenancy Cleaner Ashford March 27, 2014 at 2:56 am #
    I want to be dazed and amazed. I'll makeit so I can be amazed! Haha, as a person who loves math - 1-2×87+369-44 is actually quite easy :) Cheers to this lovely meal! ~Ana Smith
  16. Joan April 1, 2014 at 9:19 am #
    Awesome recipe!
  17. Synthia Leary May 16, 2015 at 8:40 am #
    It looks like jammin to me also :)
  18. LIsa Curtis May 22, 2015 at 3:30 am #
    Great recipe. I'm gonna try it tonight. However, I like spicy food, so I'll probably replace the andouille sausage (don't like it anyway) with chorizo sausage and use hot red pepper instead of red bell pepper. Mmm can't wait to get back home!
  19. Emily White October 23, 2015 at 7:26 am #
    I like spicy food too and this recipe it looks like chorizo a little bit. At the first moment I decided that this is chorizo :)
  20. Catherine Carter November 20, 2015 at 8:30 am #
    Hello everyone, This one is one of my favorite recipes. Look perfect, and for me it is fast and easy to preparing :) Kisses, Catherine
  21. Yasmin Barton January 12, 2016 at 4:05 am #
    Hahaha I love your style of writing. Always so witty and funny. The recipe looks great too. Hope it is as easy as you say. Have a wonderful day!
  22. Kiera Hawkins February 10, 2016 at 3:04 am #
    DONE! Already made it and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! :)

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