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Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe

Our Instant Pot jambalaya recipe will show you how to cook this delicious rice dish from scratch. It only takes 35 minutes to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make jambalaya in the instant pot, instant pot jambalaya, instant pot jambalaya recipe, jambalaya in instant pot, jambalaya seasoning
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 467kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 3 oz smoked sausage sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 10 oz raw shrimp whole
  • 2 oz onions diced
  • 2 oz celery diced
  • 2 oz green bell pepper diced
  • 4 oz tomatoes deseeded, diced
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp thyme fresh
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp scallion chopped


  • Sear the sausage: Turn on your Instant Pot to “Sauté” on “Normal” setting. Once it’s hot enough, add sausage and sear for 2 minutes on both sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Sear the shrimp: Add olive oil to the pot. Add peeled shrimp and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid burning the garlic. Once cooked, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Sauté the vegetables: Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and tomatoes to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add Cajun seasoning, thyme, basil, paprika, chili powder, lime juice, Tabasco, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir for another 5 minutes.
  • Toast the rice: Add rice to the pot and stir constantly for a couple of minutes to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Cook the jambalaya: Add chicken broth to the pot. Stir to distribute the rice evenly into the broth. Cover and seal the lid. Turn the venting knob to sealing position. Choose the "rice" cooking setting program and cook for 12 minutes.
  • Add finishing touches and serve: Carefully turn the venting knob to release steam. Open the lid and add cooked sausage, shrimp, and freshly chopped scallions. Mix everything together. Transfer the jambalaya to a plate or bowl and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg