Simple Shrimp and Andouille Jambalaya

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

Simple, easy and very tasty for when you are in the mood for jambalaya. My kids loved it! From Cook's Illustrated "Quick Recipe" Cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor, pulse the onion, red pepper and garlic until chopped very fine, ten to twelve 1-second pulses, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary; set aside.
  2. Season the shrimp with salt and hot pepper sauce to taste.
  3. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook, without stirring, for 30 seconds. Using tongs, flip the shrimp and cook for another 30 seconds. Transfer the shrimp to a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the sausage to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a second bowl.
  5. Scrape the veggies from the food processor into the empty pot and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and continue to stir until the grains are coated with the fat, about 1 minute.
  6. Add the bay leaves, tomatoes, clam juice, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil.
  7. Stir in the sausage, cover, and reduce the heat to low.
  8. Cook until the rice is tender, 17 to 20 minutes.
  9. Off the heat, stir in the shrimp and parsley with a fork (do not mush the rice), cover the pot, and allow to sit for 2 minutes or until the shrimp is heated through.
  10. Discard the bay leaves and adjust the seasoning with salt and hot pepper sauce to taste. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

This is a winner! Everybody loved it. The only change I made was using cilantro instead of parsley. I had some reservations about clam juice but it melted into the overall great flavor. Thanks for posting.

rpmazur September 06, 2011

My hard-to-please hubby said "mmm-good!" I will definitely put this dish in the permanent file. It has excellent flavor, even with the changes I made based on what was on hand: pre-cooked chicken andouille sausage, pre-cooked large shrimp, and orzo instead of rice. Preparation was necessarily different as a result: the (frozen, left-over) orzo was thawed in a separate pot with doses of chicken broth to keep it from sticking and turning to mush. I cannot eat clams so I substituted chicken broth. The shrimp and sausage were put in together, closely followed by the processed vegies and remaining ingredients. Because no rice was added I skipped the water and added only a shot of chicken broth to the jambalaya. I served the stew over orzo rather than mixed in with it. Rice would have been a more traditional taste but it was excellent anyway!

LoveApple April 23, 2009

A little spicy for my daughter, but that's easily adjusted. Anything from Cook's Illustrated is always a winner! Thanks for posting. P.S: I was a little freaked out by the clam juice, but the end result wasn't weird at all!

Halcionne July 19, 2008

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