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One Pot Jambalaya

One Pot Jambalaya! Looking for a hearty recipe with incredible flavor? This easy jambalaya fits the bill! One pan and 30 minutes is all it takes to get this Creole-inspired creation on your table!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup rice white or brown
  • 14½ ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pounds shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 2 tablespoons parsley minced


  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion, celery, ham and rice, tossing to coat. Sauté the mixture for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. (If you are using sausage, brown it with these ingredients before adding the liquids.)
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, sea salt and pepper, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any brown bits. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Stir in shrimp. Cover the pan and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the burner and allow to sit, covered, for 10-12 minutes.
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle with chopped parsley.


  • Use sausage instead of (or alongside) diced ham for a more traditional jambalaya. I like to use Andouille or chicken sausage since they are pre-cooked and only need browning and heating through.
  • Use diced, cooked chicken to change things up.
  • Add other veggies and aromatics such as bell peppers or fresh garlic.
  • Try using a creole seasoning blend to give it extra oomph.
  • If you can get your hands on some crawfish meat, add in some crawdads for a real NOLA twist!
Diet-Specific Substitutions
  • Pescatarian: Omit the ham & use vegetable or seafood broth instead of chicken broth. Add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika to the mixture before bringing to a boil.
  • Vegan: Omit the ham or use plant-based sausage instead. Use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. Add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika to the mixture before bringing to a boil. Omit shrimp. (Add in a drained can of kidney beans if you'd like to add extra plant-based protein!)