Easy Jambalaya

16 Reviews / 4.8 Average
Adapted from Commander's Kitchen cookbook, this Easy Jambalaya recipe is one of those wonderful dishes where you can switch things up depending on what ingredients you have on hand. For example, you can use any type of sausage or bacon, but I still think the dish would be tasty even if you left the meat out altogether.
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Jambalaya from 100 Days of Real Food

If you don’t have any shrimp you could throw in some other type of seafood instead. If you don’t like oysters (I fall in this department!) then not to worry. This is the type of dish where you can be creative and make substitutions as you see fit…and best of all enjoy the end result (and don’t forget to freeze the leftovers!).

When I recently made this dish I did not use sausage (we used bacon instead) and I did not add any of the extra black pepper or hot sauce. There is already a little red pepper in the Creole seasoning so that was the only source of heat in our dish. And to my surprise both of my girls ate (small amounts) of it when it was served. Point being – at least they didn’t hate it! When I first added the spices I took a bite and immediately thought it would be too spicy for them, but after the rice and liquids got cooking it really made the dish more palatable for those younger taste buds. So give it shot with your children before offering up a separate kid meal!

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  1. I just got to the end of the creole seasoning I made from your website years ago – we’ve Mande your jambalaya and it’s amazing every time – we love it. Do you have a link to the recipe for the creole seasoning? The link in the recipe takes me to amazon now. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Lindsey. Doesn’t look like the recipe is on the site anymore, like you said, but it’s basically a mix of salt, different peppers, garlic, and other spices. – Nicole

  2. Cassie Dobberstein

    Going to try this tomorrow with cauliflower rice to make it Paleo! Im thinking I will need less liquid, but we’ll see.

    1. Cassie Dobberstein

      I know I’ve made this before, but it’s been awhile. A whole head does sound like a lot, but 1 clove doesn’t sound like enough. I’m going try 3 – 4 cloves and see how it goes. Did you end up trying the recipe?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. Sausage is processed but if you prefer to use it, it will work, too. Just look for a source that is minimally processed without added nitrates.

      1. Ok, not educated on nitrates but will do some research and see if I can find anything that fits the bill. Thanks!

  3. I would like to use regular brown rice for this recipe. I am wondering if I should either at least partially cook the brown rice prior to adding, and how the liquid should be adjusted. It seems like there would not be enough liquid if I just sub the brown rice and cook for 50 minutes. Has anybody tried regular rice? Thanks.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. I would cook the rice first in a combination of stock and water. You can reserve some of the liquid in the recipe and add it back in as needed for the right consistency.

  4. Hello, I am just beginning to start a whole foods journey as my husband is having some liver trouble. Doctor says we must move to whole foods. I was concerned about the sausage in the recipe. Can a whole foods diet consist of bacon and sausage? Or what else could I use for similar taste?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Shannon. These are ingredients that Lisa very occasionally uses in her recipes. What she buys is at the very least uncured meat with no added nitrates. You can always leave them out but you would definitely sacrifice flavor. :)

    2. Shannon, I used chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s. I’m not the biggest fan of chicken sausage on its own, but in this recipe with all the seasonings, it was absolutely fantastic!

    1. 5 stars
      This made a TON of food! Our family of 5 had enough for 2 full meals. And yes, even my children ate it(even though their portions are smaller)! I’d say it is at least 8 1 cup servings but didn’t measure. My husband is asking if we could make this for our Super Bowl party instead of chili this year!

  5. 5 stars
    We made this jambalaya last night and it was FANTASTIC! And it really was easy! My fiancé (who can be a bit of a food snob) could not stop talking about it! I’ve made three things so far this week from 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook and website and they’ve all been great! I’m so glad I bought the cookbook and we’re both really looking forward to eating healthier and cutting out processed foods from our diets. Thank you!!!

  6. I am curious as to how many servings this makes? I am a family of 2, and am wondering if I should cut the recipe in half.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for Jambalaya for dinner tonight. It was great! I will make this again. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Denise. It makes about six servings. You can always freeze it for another dinner, another day. :)

  8. Hi, I just finished shopping with the meal plan 1 grocery shopping list and I didn’t get quick cooking brown rice as it didn’t say that :-( Is that going to make a big difference in the recipe or cooking time using regular brown rice??

  9. 5 stars
    Being from Louisiana and there is ALWAYS jambalaya offered everywhere at every occasion. I have grown tired of this dish over the years. I was hesitant to try this recipe due to that fact. Well, I gave in and must say this is an AWESOME recipe….even my daughter who HATES jambalaya loves this dish. Will definitely be put on our monthly menu rotation. Thanks again for a great recipe :-)

  10. 5 stars
    Every time I make this I love it! Today we made a vegetarian variety with lots of peppers, onions, celery and garlic, homemade veggie stock and basmati rice, and home-canned stewed tomatoes instead of fresh. It was delicious (I just never add enough salt).

  11. Made this for dinner tonight. It was a-may-zing!! I absolutely loved it and so did the hubby who is finally on board with healthy eating! We skipped the oysters and used a chicken sausage with chipotle peppers. I also added the shrimp at step 5 and it was just right.
    I served it over a bed of sautéed spinach and mushrooms that needed to be cooked. It was delish! Will be putting it on the favorites list.
    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and info you provide for us who are wanting to eat healthier but just don’t have time to do the “due diligence”!
    We are signing up for your 10 day challenge to kick things off for the whole family!