Instant Pot Jambalaya is a delicious one-pot meal with veggies sauteed in sausage drippings, tender chicken, rice, succulent shrimp, and lots of Cajun spice, seasonings, and flavor.

This is wonderful in rotation with other Instant Pot one-pot meals like Instant Pot shrimp boil, Instant Pot chicken and rice, and Instant Pot lasagna!

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Pressure Cooker Jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya is one of my favorite rice dishes to make. It is similar to paella but instead of saffron, it contains cajun seasoning.

When it comes to rice, I love shoving ingredients in my Instant Pot and ending up with a delicious meal for the whole family. That’s why I have recipes for Instant pot fried rice, Instant Pot rice and beans, and Instant Pot chicken and rice soup.

I just love healthy Instant Pot recipes!

It’s not just using an Instant Pot, though, that my family gets to enjoy healthy rice based meals. I also love making these Korean beef and rice bowls, Mexican chicken and rice, healthy chicken and rice casserole, and Tex Mex rice and beans.

There are many original versions of this Louisiana dish and I am in no way saying it’s authentic. It’s just simply good! We had jambalaya for a Sunday dinner along with zucchini boats and everyone raved about it for days.

Make with any sausage you have on hand, white or brown rice, and veggies are simple as well. So good!

Instant Pot Jambalaya on white plate garnished with green onion

Ingredients for Instant Pot Jambalaya

  • Sausage: Traditional jambalaya calls for andouille sausage. I used chorizo. You can also use kielbasa or Polish sausage.
  • Veggies: Onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic.
  • Fresh or frozen chicken: Boneless and skinless chicken breast or thighs. Frozen – Same cook time, just make sure frozen chicken pieces are not one blob. You can cut frozen chicken into cubes if it is slightly thawed. But best is to add frozen chicken breasts (make sure they are separated) and shred or dice them after cooking. You could also use leftover shredded Cajun chicken.
  • Seafood: Use any shrimp or prawns. Make sure they are deveined and peeled, tails can be on or off. Try these healthy shrimp recipes for more seafood inspiration!
  • Rice: You can use either white rice or Instant Pot brown rice, which cooks longer. Both can be short grain, long grain or a mix.
  • Seasonings: Chicken broth, tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, cajun seasoning, spices.
Instant Pot Jambalaya in the pot with metal spoon

How to Make Instant Pot Jambalaya

  • Saute sausage: Cook sliced sausage rounds on both sides until golden brown. Remove onto the plate to prevent it from getting rubbery and at same time there is enough flavor. sliced sausage on a plate about to go into instant pot
  • Saute veggies: Then saute onion, celery and bell pepper for a few minutes. Stir in chicken, seasonings and press Cancel. sauteed veggies, chicken and spices in instant pot
  • Cook: Add rice, diced tomatoes and broth. Cook on high pressure, white rice – 8 minutes, brown rice – 22 minutes. Release pressure 5 minutes after cooking is done.Instant Pot Jambalaya ingredients showing rice and tomato sauce before cooking
  • Add shrimp: Open the lid, add shrimp and stir jambalaya. Close the lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Residual heat will cook the shrimps without overcooking.Instant Pot Jambalaya cooked with sausage and shrimp added after
Instant Pot Jambalaya on white plate with black fork

Serving, Storing and Reheating

Serving: Jambalaya is truly one pot meal full of protein and complex carbs. Maybe a simple salad like lettuce salad or cucumber and tomato salad, so it doesn’t overpower the flavors of jambalaya.

Storing: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Reheating: Add desired amount to a small pot, a splash of water or broth and simmer on low covered for 5-10 mins. You will have to stir a few times.

More Instant Pot Recipes

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Instant Pot Jambalaya in a pressure cooker
instant pot jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya is delicious one pot meal with veggies sauteed in sausage drippings, tender chicken, rice, succulent shrimp and lots of Cajun spice, seasonings and flavor.
4.96 from 21 votes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 402
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 10 oz andouille or chorizo sausage sliced
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast or thighs cubed (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 2 large bell peppers finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning low sodium
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth low sodium
  • 2 cups brown or white rice
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce or diced tomatoes low sodium
  • 1 lb raw or cooked shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 3 green onion sprigs finely chopped

Instructions 

  • On 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot.
  • Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Remove onto a plate and set aside.
  • Swirl oil to coat and add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, oregano, thyme, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper; stir and press Cancel.
  • Add broth, rice, tomato sauce and do not stir.
  • Close the lid and set valve to Sealing. Press Pressure Cook on High or Manual button for brown rice – 22 minutes, white rice – 8 minutes.
  • After cooking has finished, allow pressure to come down on its own for 5 minutes and then turn valve to Venting to release remaining pressure.
  • Add previously cooked sausage and shrimp. Stir, close the lid and let residual heat cook shrimp for 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid, sprinkle with green onion, give a few gentle stirs and serve hot.

Video

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: Up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat: Add desired amount to a small pot, a splash of water or broth and simmer on low covered for 5-10 mins. You will have to stir a few times.
  • Fresh or frozen chicken: Boneless and skinless chicken breast or thighs. Frozen – Same cook time, just make sure frozen chicken pieces are not one blob. You can cut frozen chicken into cubes if it is slightly thawed. But best is to add frozen chicken breasts (make sure they are separated) and shred or dice them after cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 710mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. Do you have instructions for making this recipe if one does not have an InstantPot? I would really like to try making it!

    1. Unfortunately not. You could try the stovetop but would need to adjust some things like adding additional liquid I assume.

  2. 5 stars
    Have to admit I was skeptical having lived in Louisiana for 23 yrs but it’s really good and really is easy, my Dad loves it and he’s usually very critical. I don’t think I’ll make it the traditional way ever again!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made the most delicious jambalaya from your recipe. I can’t wait for my husband gets home to eat. I told him I was making a surprise for dinner and it surely is.

  4. Made this with brown rice and it was still a bit crunchy after 22 minutes. I tried putting the lid back on and letting it sit for 10 minutes, but it didn’t help. How much longer should I have cooked it?

    Other than that, it’s a yummy dish that I will be making again. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    1. Rice can be tricky in IP. It could be the particular rice or brand or your altitude. Using the same rice, you might want to increase the time by 3 minutes next time. Definitely let us know how it works out!

  5. I’d like to make this, but I don’t care for tomatoes, can I substitute more chicken broth and if so, how much?

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