Making an amazing dinner just got even easier with this quick jambalaya recipe. With only five ingredients, you will be able to make a dish that is flavorful, fast and memorable.
Easy and Quick Jambalaya
When you think of making jambalaya, you may automatically think of being in the kitchen for hours. Jambalaya typically is a dish that takes a significant amount of time to make…until now! Our recipe has simplified this classic dish, keeping the flavor that you know and love in jambalaya while making it a dinner that you can put together in just a matter of minutes. It is amazing what you can do with just five ingredients and just the right amount of seasoning!
How to Make Jambalaya with Sausage
This recipe isn’t called easy jambalaya for nothing! The recipe only requires a few simple steps and almost no prep time. The whole recipe goes from frying pan to table in a little more than 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal. Here is a look at how to put together this jambalaya, quick!
- Over medium-high heat add the green bell pepper and onions to a skillet for about ten minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
- Add the sausage to the skillet and brown on each side, about 5 minutes.
- Stir the brown rice into the skillet along with the Creole seasoning, stir and cook stirring occasionally. Cook for a few more minutes of cook time to ensure everything is heated well and then serve.
Five ingredients, three steps and your dinner is done. A quick, easy jambalaya recipe is exactly what this dish is and it really is one your will love- it definitely lives up to it’s name!
Healthy Jambalaya Recipe
While some people may love the fact that this recipe is simple to make and takes very little prep time and cook time to come together. However, others may be interested in the fact that this recipe is healthy. Here are a few facts about this quick jambalaya that you may find valuable:
- Our recipe uses brown rice which is very nutritious, giving you lots of vitamins and minerals such as fiber, protein and manganese. While you can use white rice for this recipe if needed, brown is much more nutritious since the bran and germ of the grain is still attached to each rice grain (where all the nutrients are stored!).
- Peppers are also quite nutritious and a major component of this recipe. Green bell pepper is full of vitamins A and C and also has fiber, potassium and folic acid.
- Each serving of this recipe only has 219 calories which is very low for a complete meal!
When you are searching for healthy recipes, jambalaya can now be in that category of nutritious dishes that you can make in a hurry!
Make Ahead Quick Jambalaya Recipe
It is always beneficial to have a great recipe for foods that you can make in advance. You can cook this recipe completely and then store it in an airtight container, placing it in the fridge or freezer to enjoy later on. The jambalaya will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days or in the freezer for 1-2 months.
When you reheat the dish, you can simply remove it from the fridge or freezer, place it on a plate or bowl with a microwave cover (to prevent it from drying out in the microwave) and then heat it in the microwave until hot (about 3-8 minutes depending on how cold the dish is). Remove it halfway through the cooking time to give it a good stir and make sure it heats evenly.
If you are afraid of the rice drying out when you reheat it, add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the mix before you microwave it. Cook, stirring once or twice, as it heats. This will keep the rice soft and also add a little bit of flavor.
Hopefully you find these frequently asked questions useful and they guide you in making a wonderful quick jambalaya. If you have any questions of your own, feel free to send a message to our email address and we will respond as soon as possible!
Is jambalaya suppose to be wet?
Jambalaya is not supposed to be wet or soupy. It is traditionally a drier, rice based dish. However, if you like your rice a little more like a soup or with some extra sauce, stir in one cup of chicken broth to the saute pan when you add the brown rice. Bring to a boil and continue to cook as directed in the recipe. Your sausage jambalaya will be a little softer but will still taste great!
What is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a rice, meat and vegetable dish that originated in Louisiana. The dish is inspired by cuisine from west Africa, France and Spain and usually has sausage as the primary meat. Often the meat is smoked (like an andouille sausage which is a smoked sausage) and paired with shrimp or crawfish. It is highly seasoned and sometimes a little spicy due to the creole or cajun seasoning.
We hope that you enjoy the quick jambalaya recipe and make it often. Tell us how much you love it in the comments below along with any variations you may have made to make the dish even better!
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Gluten Free
It doesn’t take long to make a fantastic and flavorful jambalaya using this recipe.
- 4–6 fully cooked sausage links (diced into small pieces)
- 2 cups of cooked brown rice (or any kind should work)
- 2 cups of diced peppers and onions (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning (or Cajun seasoning)
- sea salt + black pepper
- Add diced peppers and onions to a non-stick skillet and cook on high-heat for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add sausage to the skillet and continue cooking for about 10 more minutes or until the sausage is browned.
- Add prepared rice to the skillet and stir everything together. Mix in seasoning and salt + pepper to taste. Continue to stir everything together and cook for about 10 more minutes before serving.
- Finding ingredients like onion chopped already or pre-cut green bell pepper will definitely save you time as you cook. However, if you cant find prepared onion, chopped veggies or pre Cooke rice, you can easily prep them yourself, just plan for a little more time to prep.
- Try different sausages like andouille sausage, chicken sausage or a different pre- smoked sausage. Adding some shrimp or crawfish will also give the dish a little more flavor and add a yummy seafood twist.
- Some other classic ingredients that you may want to add to your recipe are chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped chicken or fresh parsley.
Robyn @ simply fresh dinners says
Love your dish, Kelly. Such a quick and easy dinner for busy people. Love the Little Man too – he’s going to be a heartbreaker! lol
Not sure why were are just now seeing this but THANK YOU =) he has my heart for sure!