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Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe: Flavorful & Fast Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe: Flavorful & Fast


Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe: Flavorful & Fast

Written by: Emily Smith

This jambalaya is my go-to comfort food! It's a hearty mix of sausage, chicken, and rice, all cooked up in my trusty Instant Pot. It's spicy, savory, and oh-so-satisfying!

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Ready for some warm, spicy comfort? I'm sharing my instant pot jambalaya recipe, a quick dump-and-go dish that's got a kick to it. Bursting with the bold flavors of sausage, chicken, and Cajun seasoning, this one-pot wonder will transport you straight to New Orleans. Whether you're a newbie cook or seasoned chef, you'll enjoy whipping up this vibrant, flavorful feast that's bound to impress your dinner guests. Get your instant pot ready, let's stir up some magic.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Jambalaya

  • Oil: Adds flavor and prevents sticking when sautéing the vegetables and meat, essential for building layers of flavor.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor and sweetness to the dish, a classic ingredient in many Cajun recipes.
  • Bell pepper: Adds color, sweetness, and a mild heat to the jambalaya, a staple ingredient in Cajun and Creole cuisine.
  • Celery: Adds a subtle earthy flavor and crunch to the dish, commonly used in Cajun cooking for aromatic base.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor profile with its pungent and aromatic qualities, a must-have in savory dishes.
  • Andouille sausage: Infuses the jambalaya with smoky, spicy flavors, a traditional ingredient in Cajun cuisine for depth of taste.
  • Chicken breast: Adds protein to the dish and absorbs the flavors of the spices and other ingredients, making it flavorful.
  • Long grain rice: Absorbs the flavorful liquid and spices, providing a fluffy texture and serving as the base of the dish.
  • Diced tomatoes: Adds acidity and sweetness to the jambalaya, providing a rich tomato flavor and helping to create a well-rounded dish.
  • Chicken broth: Provides moisture and depth of flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste and richness of the jambalaya.
  • Cajun seasoning: Infuses the dish with a blend of spices, adding heat and depth of flavor characteristic of Cajun cuisine.
  • Thyme: Adds earthy and slightly minty flavors to the jambalaya, complementing the other spices and ingredients in the dish.
  • Green onions: Adds a fresh, mild onion flavor and a pop of color as a garnish, enhancing the presentation and taste.

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Essential Tools for Making This Jambalaya Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the jambalaya quickly while infusing flavors into the dish evenly.
  • Knife: Needed for dicing the vegetables, chicken, and sausage to ensure even cooking and distribution of ingredients.
  • Cutting board: Provides a stable surface for chopping ingredients and prevents cross-contamination while preparing the recipe.
  • Wooden spoon: Ideal for stirring the jambalaya mixture without damaging the Instant Pot's non-stick surface.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 chicken breast, diced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onions, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook until softened.
  2. Add the sausage and chicken, cook until browned.
  3. Stir in the rice, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Cajun seasoning, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  6. Fluff the jambalaya with a fork and serve garnished with green onions.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 20 g | Total Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 50 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 500 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Can You Make Instant Pot Jambalaya Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the jambalaya as instructed and let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the jambalaya completely before freezing.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Adding a splash of Worcestershire sauce to the jambalaya gives it a depth of flavor and a hint of umami that elevates the dish.

Common Questions About Making Jambalaya in an Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of sausage for this jambalaya recipe?
Yes, feel free to use any type of sausage you prefer, such as smoked sausage or chorizo.
Can I substitute the chicken breast with another protein?
Absolutely, you can substitute the chicken breast with shrimp, pork, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.
How spicy is this jambalaya recipe with the cajun seasoning?
The spice level can be adjusted to your preference by adding more or less cajun seasoning. Start with the recommended amount and adjust to taste.
Can I make this jambalaya recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the jambalaya ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Is it possible to freeze leftovers of this jambalaya recipe?
Absolutely, you can freeze the jambalaya in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat when you're ready to enjoy it again.

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