Instant Pot Jambalaya: Spicy chicken sausage is the star of in this easy recipe for Cajun Jambalaya. Made in less than 30 minutes from start to finish this one pot meal will become a family dinner favorite!
I am excited to partner with al fresco all natural chicken sausage for this post. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own.
I am coming at you with another easy 3o Minute Family Meal today, because I know that you, like me, are running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, just try to survive the daily grind. Am I right or am I right?!
Speaking of crazy schedules, let me tell you this past week has been a bit crazy. Between doctor appointments, track meets, an open house for a new school we are attending in the fall, and dance recitals, I am beat. And we have been eating lots of quick meals to avoid the drive-thru.
Instant Pot Jambalaya
Friends, let me tell you this easy Cajun jambalaya was not only a life-saver for a busy night, it was SO delicious! Full of spice, juicy chicken sausage, and perfectly cooked rice, this simple recipe will seriously become a new go to at your house.
My son asked if he could trade out his favorite PB & J Oatmeal Muffin for this Jambalaya for his school lunch. And that is saying something!
Before you comment, I do know that this is not a traditional recipe for Jambalaya, nor is my stove-top Quinoa Jambalaya. But you know, I am not a traditional kind of gal when it comes to Jambalaya. My instant pot jambalaya recipe has no shrimp or chicken. BUT there is chicken sausage! And the smoked andouille chicken sausage from al fresco is the PERFECT compliment to Jambalaya, as it is the perfect compliment in Cajun Chicken Pasta. I seriously am in love with all the flavor packed into this sausage.
How To Make Cajun Jambalaya
This jambalaya could not be any easier to throw together. Just a few ingredients and a short amount of time in the pressure cooker and dinner is done! The key to this fast jambalaya is of course the pressure cooker, but also flavorful ingredients in way of the sausage and Cajun Seasoning.
The only step that takes any amount of time waiting for the instant pot to come to pressure and to release. But even with that time accounted, this recipe only takes 30 minutes start to finish.
Steps to Making Pressure Cooker Jambalaya
- Saute the peppers and onions in a bit of oil on the saute function. Feel free to skip this step and just dump them in and cook on high pressure to make this recipe even easier.
- Add in remaining ingredients.
- Cook on high pressure.
- Allow to naturally release. It is really important to allow the pressure cooker to release pressure naturally when cooking rice, to be sure you have tender, fluffy rice. DON’T skip this step!
Tips on Easy Jambalaya
- If you do want to add shrimp to this jambalaya recipe, you can add frozen shrimp to the right before sealing and cooking. Frozen shrimp takes about 4 minutes to cook, but because you are not doing a quick release, the shrimp will cook in 3 minutes.
- If you have picky eaters, leave out the onions and/or peppers.
- This Jambalaya will keep in the fridge for 3 days or it can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- If you don’t like the texture of diced tomatoes, use tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes in place of the diced tomatoes.
- This recipe is written to cook on high pressure. Please DO NOT use the rice function on your pressure cooker.
- Be sure your Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free if you need this to be Gluten-Free Jambalaya.
- Because I am using precooked, chicken sausage, I chose to use Jasmine rice, which only cooks in 3 minutes. You can use brown rice. Just increase cooking time to 25 minutes on high pressure.
Recipe for Sausage Jambalaya
Instant Pot Jambalaya
Spicy chicken sausage is the star of in this easy recipe for Cajun Jambalaya. Made in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
- 1 12 ounce package al fresco Smoked Andouille chicken sausage sliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes low sodium
- 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups white rice
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
Turn Instant Pot to saute mode on high and allow to heat up.
Once heated, add in oil, onions, and peppers and saute for 2-3 minutes until just beginning to soften up.
Add in rice, garlic, Cajun seasoning, diced tomatoes, sausage, and stock, and stir. Put lid on Instant Pot. Cancel saute function and set to high pressure on manual (or pressure cook function) and set timer for 3 minutes.
Let pressure release naturally and then stir in Worcestershire Sauce and hot sauce.
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