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Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant pot Jambalaya with chicken, shrimp, smoked sausage, veggies and Cajun spice makes for a one-pot rice and meat dinner.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot jambalaya, instant pot rice and meat, Jambalaya
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Calories 353.7kcal


  • 4 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 6 smoked Andouille sausages sliced horizontally
  • 12 jumbo shrimp peeled with tails on
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1.5 cups white long-grain rice
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3 medium-sized celery stalks chopped
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz.
  • 3 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 0.5 teaspoon red chilli powder cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 or 3 sprigs fresh parsley chopped
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Switch on your instant pot, press sauté and add half the oil to the inner steel pot. Add the sausages and fry until lightly browned (2 minutes). Take them out on a platter and set aside.
  • In the same oil, add the chicken pieces and fry until lightly browned and cooked through (5 minutes). Take them out and keep in the same platter as the sausages.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoon oil to the pot and add the onion, red pepper, celery and garlic. Follow immediately with all the spices and seasonings – Cajun, cayenne, paprika, black pepper, thyme and salt. Sauté for 2 minutes until aromatic. Cancel sauté.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, sausages, chicken, shrimp, broth and white rice. Stir everything well and close the lid of the instant pot. Make sure the steam release handle is sealed, hit the pressure-cooking button and set the timer to 4 minutes.
  • After the timer beeps, wait for 10 minutes, then open the pot and fluff the rice. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.


  1. Omit the cayenne if you want a less hot Jambalaya. If you want it more hot, add a jalapeño or two to the pot before pressure cooking it the contents.
  2. Use one, two or all three types of meat mentioned in the recipe, according to what you like or prefer.
  3. Serve Jambalaya with a fresh salad without dressings if you wish to. This is optional as Jambalaya is a complete meal in itself.


Calories: 353.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 18.8g | Fat: 16.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 79.7mg | Sodium: 1072.5mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 3.3g