Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya—a traditional Louisiana dish of shrimp, ham and rice in a flavorful tomato sauce. This is an easy way to make jambalaya all in one pot!
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Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya
At the beginning of 2020 I announced that each week I will post a recipe inspired by a state. That way by the end of the year all 50 states will be covered and have a recipe to go with them. I started the project with Alabama Camp Stew which was followed by Minnesota Wild Rice and Chicken Casserole. If you have a recipe idea for your state please let me know!
Today’s state is Louisiana. Louisiana is famous for its creole and cajun foods inspired by the French and Spanish cultural influences. From gumbo to crawfish to dirty rice and to red beans and rice–all the foods from Louisiana sound good to me!
This week is a good one for the state of Louisiana as the LSU Tigers won the college football national championship over Clemson with a score 42-25. I have to admit I was cheering for the native Ohioan and LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow, to win. As Ohio State Buckeye fans the Petersen household was happy to cheer against Clemson who beat us in the playoff game. Womp wah. Anyhow, football aside, we are all winners when we make this delicious Instant Pot jambalaya.
This particular version of jambalaya is made with shrimp and ham. You can substitute the ham with a spicy andouille sausage if you prefer. My version is very mild with no spice really at all. If you like a little kick I suggest tossing a bit of hot sauce on your serving. You can also dice up a jalapeno and saute it along with the onion. Plus you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper. This is a good, basic recipe to get you started and then you can get as creative as you want!
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A traditional Louisiana dish of shrimp, ham and rice in a flavorful tomato sauce. This is a super fast and easy way to make jambalaya all in one pot!
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup diced green peppers
- 2 cups cubed ham
- 2 (14 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
- 1 1/4 cup parboiled or long grain white rice, uncooked
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 pound frozen peeled and deveined cooked shrimp
- Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add in the butter and swirl it around to melt. Add in the onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add in the celery and saute for 1 minute. Add in the garlic and saute for 2o seconds. Then add the mixture into the slow cooker.
- Add in the beef broth, green peppers, ham, tomatoes, rice, water, sugar, thyme, chili powder and pepper.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until rice is cooked through. Stir in the shrimp, turn Instant Pot to high, cover and cook on high for about 20 minutes until shrimp is heated through.
- Ladle into bowls and serve.
Like a little kick? My version isn’t spicy at all. But if you like a little kick I suggest tossing a bit of hot sauce on your serving. Other ideas to kick it up a notch: dice up a jalapeno and saute it along with the onion, add a pinch of cayenne pepper, substitute the ham with a spicy andouille sausage.
What is parboiled rice? Don’t confuse parboiled rice with pre-cooked or minute rice. Parboiled rice has been processed in its husk by soaking, steaming, and drying. As a result, all the nutrients from the husk are absorbed into the grain before it’s removed. The starch content alters in the process, making cooked parboiled rice less sticky than regular white rice. The rice kernels aren’t clumpy and glued together instead they are more separated. I found a bag of parboiled rice at Walmart next to the normal long grain white rice.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creole-jambalaya/
- Category: Seafood
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: Creole
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