Instant Pot Jambalaya

As you know, I am currently obsessed with my Instant Pot.
I am having so much fun creating new recipes and converting old recipes to make them Instant Pot recipes.
Next week is Fat Tuesday which always reminds me of Mardi Gras....I've never been to Mardi Gras, but I have been to New Orleans.
I went to New Orleans in 2006 for a week with our church to do Hurricane Katrina relief....it was an amazing experience re-buliding homes for people who lost theirs.
While in New Orleans, I had Jambalaya... & Louisiana is known for it's delicious Cajun food, including Jambalaya.
Since Fat Tuesday is next week, I decided to convert my Jambalya recipe into an Instant Pot recipe...and it turned out amazing!
Here is what you need:
Andouille or Kielbasa sausage link, sliced
Frozen chicken tenderloins (4 or 5 of them)
2 cups of shrimp (I used frozen cooked shrimp, you can use fresh shrimp or frozen raw shrimp)
2 tsp  Creole Seasoning
2 tsp dried thyme leaves
2  tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 celery stalks, sliced
2 cans diced tomatoes with peppers & onions, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cup long grain white rice

Chop up the sausage...
In the Instant Pot push the "saute" button. When it gets hot (the display will read HOT)  Add a splash of olive oil and the sausage and saute for 3-4 minutes:
While the sausage is sauteing, chop up your celery, onion & green bell pepper:
Add the celery, onion,  green bell pepper, minced garlic & 2 cups of shrimp. Saute for another 3-4 minutes.
Add the Cajun seasoning & cayenne pepper and saute for another 2 minutes.
It will look like this..Yum!
Add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes (I use the diced tomatoes that have celery, onion & peppers), frozen chicken tenderloins, chicken broth & rice.
Give it a big stir:
Then put the lid on your Instant Pot turn the knob to SEALING:
Turn to high on manual setting and cook for 10 minutes. 

When time is up, let it do a natural release for 10-12 minutes. If there steam left, do a manual release.
Open the lid and this is what it will look like.....
Because I am a freak about cooking safety, I always have to check the chicken to make sure it's cooked. The chicken was perfect! You can easily slice/cut the chicken tenderloins with a fork after they are done cooking.
Serve & Enjoy!
This meal is so flavorful. You can adjust the cajun/cayenne pepper to your liking to make it spicer if you want.
My Jambalaya has sausage, chicken and shrimp in it. If you don't like one of those meats, you can leave them out.
It took less than an hour from start to finish. It was my first time using the saute function on the Instant Pot, which was fun to try out...it works so great.
I call this recipe another Instant Pot win!
I am making this again on Tuesday in honor of Mardi Gras.
If you don't have an Instant Pot yet...get one! They are $100 right now....worth every penny!
Hope you love this recipe as much as we do!


  1. I have never made Jambalaya, but I order it sometimes when we go out to dinner.
    Can't wait to try this recipe!

  2. Just bought one! Hoping for the same great results!

  3. This looks delish!! But any idea how to convert/adapt it for us that still have slow cookers??

    1. For this recipe, you could just dump everything in the slow cooker (except the rice & broth) and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 on low. You would need to cook the rice separately on the stove top and then add it to the slow cooker at the end. Let me know if that works!

  4. I'm so glad that you're coming up with Instant Pot recipes! I am also obsessed and always love your recipes!



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