Jambalaya loaded with shrimp, andouille sausage, and cajun trinity slow cooked in a spicy creole sauce! A New Orleans classic!
Serve with white rice for cajun goodness!
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This jambalaya is indeed spicy. But don’t fear, I’ll tell you later in the post how you can make it a bit milder if you like.
One of my favorite things about jambalaya, like all good soups and stews, is it’s easily customizable. More on that later.
Right now, let’s get started on this scrumptious, spicy, cajun stew.
First you need some chopped green pepper, onion, and celery a.k.a. trinity.
No self respecting cajun dish is ever without it. It’s an absolute must.
Also crucial to a good jambalaya is sausage.
I like andouille.
But if you can’t find it, smoked sausage is good, too. And not as spicy.
So just toss those in your slow cooker with everything but the shrimp and the rice.
Give it a good stir, pop on the lid and cook it for 7-7 1/2 hours or until the veggies are tender.
Then stir in the shrimp.
Cover it again, then cook for 5-10 minutes or until the shrimp is heated through. Add salt to taste.
Some people like to cook rice right into their jambalaya, but I like mine on the side so I can control the rice to jambalaya ratio.
This is a great way to use up leftover rice. We always seem to have some in the freezer.
If you don’t have leftover, you can get rice in the freezer section near the veggies. Or microwave bags found near the other rice.
You can even use brown rice or cauliflower rice if you like.
Tips to customize your jambalaya:
- Substitute cooked chicken for the shrimp. Or use a little of both.
- If you can’t find andouille sausage, smoked sausage is a good substitute.
- Make it more or less spicy by adjusting the hot sauce and creole seasoning.
- Stir some cooked rice in with the shrimp at the end or serve it on the side.
- Add salt to taste at the end. Some tomatoes have more salt than others and the creole seasoning adds a little saltiness.
- Whatever type of rice you choose, make sure it’s cooked. Raw uncooked rice won’t work in this recipe.
If you like cajun food, try this Spicy Cajun Goulash next.