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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

Jambalaya - such a fun word! (just me?)

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I love rice dishes. Well, actually, I LOVE pasta dishes - I am Italian after all and I have to make Nonna proud. Nothing beats a good bowl of pasta, especially homemade & surprisingly perhaps, the more simple the better! However, a great rice dish comes in a VERY close 2nd to my beloved pasta.

With rice dishes, I love to add a TON of flavor. Don’t get intimidated… adding a ton of flavor doesn’t mean you have to have magical powers, just be creative with your ingredients and don’t be stingy with those seasonings! If a rice dish is going to be my MEAL, I don’t want just a bowl of mostly plain rice. I want meat and veggies and FLAVOR in every bite.

Chinese Fried Rice from a local takeout place usually disappoints me. Why? Because the ratio of rice to other ingredients is far too big. I want meat, I want veggies, I want flavor, not just a mouthful of rice. My Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice is a big hit in my house!

My husband loves smoked sausage and cajun spice. So, when I had these ingredients on hand recently and needed to get a good dinner on the table ASAP, I decided to go for an easy (and SUPER FAST) Jambalaya

Good news, it was a HIT! Better news, it took just a few minutes of prep and I cooked everything in one pot - the Instant Pot! Hip Hip HOORAY for only one dirty pot! Gotta love a good one pot meal!

Speaking of one pot meals, my Pesto Chicken Pasta is another one pot winner in the Instant Pot!

Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya


1 lb smoked sausage, sliced on a bias
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 medium red pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup long grain white rice, rinsed
1 1/4 cup water
1 tsp cajun seasoning, like Old Bay
1/2 t seasoned salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, optional for spice
3-6 dashes tabasco, optional for spice

Essential Tools

Pressure Cooker, I love my Instant Pot!
Fine mesh strainer, like this one
Heat safe gloves, like the Instant Pot silicone mitts


Prepare all ingredients

Turn your Pressure Cooker on Sauté or Browning setting, and allow it to heat.

For Instant Pot, press “Sauté button. Display will show as ON until Sauté heats, then display will show as HOT.

Add onion, celery, red pepper and garlic as well as sausage and seasonings, sauté 3-4 minutes.

Add rice, sauté another 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, shrimp and water. Stir gently.

Place lid on pressure cooker and close vent.

For Instant Pot, close lid and turn Vent knob to “Sealing”

Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes.

For Instant Pot, Press “Manual” [High Pressure] setting, and adjust time using “+/-“ buttons.

When cook time is complete, allow pot to naturally release pressure (NPR) for 5 minutes. Then, quickly release remaining pressure (QPR) manually by carefully opening your vent knob.

For Instant Pot, turn vent knob to “Venting”.

Open lid, and enjoy the yummy view!


Fluff with large fork, then serve immediately with scallion and perhaps more tabasco as garnish.

Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

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