This recipe for Instant Pot Jambalaya is the perfect solution for weekday meal prep. The sausage and rice get cooked together with Cajun seasoning and tender shrimp. This is another easy recipe that should give you leftovers for lunch the next day.

A bowl of jambalaya with shrimp and sausage

Andouille sausage and shrimp are the perfect duo for this flavorful and easy jambalaya recipe. It’s also a one-pot meal which means fewer dishes and easy cleanup – yes, please!

Recipe Highlights

  • This entire dish is made in 34 minutes with only 10 minutes of prep time. It’s a perfect no-fuss dish for a busy weeknight.
  • Jambalaya tastes even better the next day. My favorite kind of recipes are ones that make amazing leftovers. All of the flavors marry together overnight and make for a perfect lunch the next day.
  • This recipe requires minimal cleanup! There’s nothing worse than a sink full of dishes after a long day. This is a one-pot meal which makes cleanup that much easier.
All the ingredients for jambalaya laid out in bowls

Recipe Steps

Step One

Sauté the sausage, onion, and bell pepper in olive oil until the sausage browns and veggies soften.

Step Two

Cancel the sauté function then add rice, chicken broth, Cajun seasoning, and then stir.

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Step Three

Without stirring, pour the tomatoes on top of the rice mixture and then top with shrimp.

Step Four

Lock on the lid and set for 4 minutes on high pressure. Once it’s cooked let the pressure come down for 10 minutes.

Step Five

Use the quick release to let out any remaining pressure. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and serve hot.

cooked instant pot jambalaya ready to be served

FAQs

What if I don’t have Cajun seasoning?

Cajun seasoning is a mixture of common spices. You can make it yourself with equal parts kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and onion powder with a pinch of cayenne and black pepper (or more if you like it spicy!). Make a big batch of the seasoning and save the extra for another recipe or for your next batch of jambalaya.

Can I use chicken sausage in place of andouille sausage?

Yes, this recipe would be delicious with chicken sausage too. Just pick a flavor that goes well with the overall dish.

How long does it stay good for?

This recipe will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator.

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A bowl of jambalaya with shrimp

Instant Pot Jambalaya


Description

This recipe for Instant Pot Jambalaya is the perfect solution for weekday meal prep. The sausage and rice get cooked together with Cajun seasoning and tender shrimp. This is another easy recipe that should give you leftovers for lunch the next day.


Ingredients

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  •  1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces pre-cooked andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed well
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, with the juice
  • 1/2 pound medium-sized frozen, deveined shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Press Sauté on a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot. Drizzle in the olive oil and let it heat up for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the sausage, onion, and bell pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the sausage starts to brown and the veggies start to soften.
  3. Cancel the Sauté function on the Instant Pot and add the rice, chicken broth, and Cajun seasoning. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the diced tomatoes on top of the rice and vegetable mixture, but don’t stir. Then, add the shrimp on top, but don’t stir.
  5. Lock on the lid and set the time to 4 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes.
  7. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure. Remove the lid and stir in the Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Serve hot.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  2. Cajun seasoning is a mixture of common spices. You can make it yourself with equal parts kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and onion powder with a pinch of cayenne and black pepper (or more if you like it spicy!).
  3. You can substitute cooked chicken sausage for the andouille sausage, if you prefer. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: instant pot cajun recipe, jambalaya with cooked sausage

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