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Easy One-Pot Gluten Free Jambalaya

Healthy Jambalaya is possible with this easy one-pot Gluten Free Jambalaya recipe. With the slightly spicy (or very spicy) cajun flavors from the creole and the layers of flavors- this recipe is a family favorite! If you are looking for an easy sausage jambalaya recipe, or wondering what to eat with your jambalaya- then this post is for you! 

I have been making this dish for years! It is a favorite ours! I believe I had jambalaya for the first time many years ago at Disneyland. This was before I was gluten free and I really enjoyed it.

After having to adhere to a strict gluten free diet I thought about how easy this dish is to be gluten free because it is generally a naturally gluten free dish.

Gluten Free Jambalaya is not only delicious but very simple to make!

healthy jambalaya in a bowl with a spoon

Obviously, that doesn’t apply to all jambalayas. Restaurants have their own strange practices with ingredients that they use and could easily contaminate or use a sausage or seasoning that is not gluten free. 

Luckily though, this is a cinch to throw together for yourself and there are several restaurants at Disney that offer this gluten free!

Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana Creole dish with a rich history. It is believed to have its roots in Spanish and French cuisine, particularly the Spanish dish paella and the French dish jambon à la yaya.

Jambalaya is a prime example of the cultural fusion that characterizes Louisiana cuisine. It combines elements from African, Native American, Spanish, and French cooking traditions.

There are three main types of jambalaya: Creole jambalaya, Cajun jambalaya, and white jambalaya. Creole jambalaya, commonly found in New Orleans, contains tomatoes (what this dish is), while Cajun jambalaya, originating from rural Louisiana, is tomato-free.

This is a Creole style jambalaya using my delicious creole spice blend!

easy sausage jambalaya recipe in a bowl

White jambalaya is a milder version that uses a white sauce instead of tomato-based ingredients. I have never tried this version, have you?

Jambalaya is often referred to as a “one-pot wonder” due to its convenient cooking method. It typically involves cooking meat, vegetables, and rice together in one pot, making it a hearty and flavorful dish. Perfect for a weeknight meal!

Jambalaya traditionally includes a variety of proteins such as shrimp, chicken, sausage, or ham. These proteins add depth of flavor and texture to the dish. That is why I love this so much because you can use whatever you have on hand!

In this dish I prefer to use shrimp and sausage because of the simplicity. However, feel free to use your favorite proteins. Chicken is also a winner in our book!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this easy sausage jambalaya recipe…

Ingredients for gluten free jambalaya

Cooked White Rice: You can cook this on the stovetop, or use the prepackaged frozen rice packs that you cook in the microwave. I cook my rice in my Anyday Bowls in the microwave. 

Avocado Oil: Or your favorite neutral oil

Onion: I prefer a white onion for this recipe

Large Bell Pepper: Green Bell Pepper gives it the perfect flavor, but use what you have on hadn!

Garlic 

Can Diced Tomatoes

 Shrimp: deveined and tail off, give then a good wash 

Package of Sausage: Andouille sausage is typically my go-to here. Chicken sausage works great, but use what you’ve got as long as it not a flavored sausage. 

Creole Seasoning: I make my own, but if you can find a safe premade mix- then that works too!

Tomato Sauce

Few shakes of hot sauce (to your liking)

Salt to taste

To make this gluten free creole seasoning you will need…

Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Cayenne, Sage, Sea Salt, Pepper

How to make healthy jambalaya…

Start by making the creole seasoning. In a bowl, stir all spices together and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Set aside.

Cook your rice and set aside. 

Heat oil in a very large skillet or stock pot on medium heat.

Heat oil in a very large skillet or stock pot on medium heat.

Add garlic, onions and bell peppers.

Add garlic, onions and bell peppers.

Sauté garlic, onions, and bell pepper for 10 minutes on medium heat.

Sauté garlic, onions, and bell pepper for 10 minutes on medium heat.

Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Season with creole seasoning and add a few shakes of hot sauce

Season with creole seasoning and add a few shakes of hot sauce (if desired).

bring to a boil and then simmer 10 minutes

Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the shrimp and sausage, all them to simmer until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. 

Add the shrimp and sausage, all them to simmer until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. 

Jambalaya cooking on the stove

Add rice and stir well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Add rice and stir well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Enjoy!

jambalaya in a pan and ready to be served!

Notes:

My kids don’t care for it spicy, so I usually leave some to the side for them with less creole seasoning and no hot sauce.

I love using my Anyday bowl to cook my rice, or to make this recipe go even faster I will buy the frozen rice and cook it in the microwave.

You can store this in the fridge for up to 4 days. I’ve never had enough leftovers to freeze it, but you could freeze the leftovers by allowing them to come to room temp and placing them in a freezer bag or container. Thaw and reheat to serve. 

Don’t have shrimp? You can use chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes instead, just be sure to adjust the cook time as needed. 

easy sausage jambalaya in a bowl ready to eat

Wondering what to eat with jambalaya? Here are some great options!

When it comes to choosing a dish to serve with jambalaya, it’s best to complement the rich and flavorful Cajun flavors of the main dish. Here are a few options that pair well with jambalaya:

  1. Cornbread: The slightly sweet and crumbly texture of cornbread complements the spicy and savory jambalaya. It’s a classic Southern combination.
  2. Collard Greens: Cooked collard greens seasoned with smoked ham or bacon provide a delicious and hearty side dish that balances the spiciness of jambalaya.
  3. Cajun-Style Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw with a Cajun twist, using ingredients like Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and a vinegar-based dressing, can provide a cool and tangy contrast to the bold flavors of jambalaya.
  4. Blackened Okra: Blackened okra is a popular side dish in Cajun cuisine. The crispy and seasoned okra pods complement the jambalaya nicely.
  5. Steamed Rice: While jambalaya itself contains rice, serving steamed white rice on the side can be a good option for those who want to enjoy additional plain rice or need a milder option to balance the spices.
  6. Corn on the Cob: Grilled or boiled corn on the cob can add a touch of sweetness to the meal and provides a contrasting texture to the jambalaya.
  7. Green Salad: A simple green salad is my typical go-to because it provides the veggies I want with a refreshing finish.

Remember, these are just suggestions, and you can mix and match based on your personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Jambalaya Recipe

Easy One-Pot Gluten Free Jambalaya

Healthy Jambalaya is possible with this easy one-pot Gluten Free Jambalaya recipe. With the slightly spicy (or very spicy) cajun flavors from the creole and the layers of flavors- this recipe is a family favorite! If you are looking for an easy sausage jambalaya recipe, or wondering what to eat with your jambalaya- then this post is for you!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy sausage jambalaya recipe, gluten free jambalaya, healthy jambalaya recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 368kcal

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 3 TBSP. Avocado Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper diced
  • 2 TBSP. Garlic diced
  • 1 14.5oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 lb. Shrimp deveined and tail off
  • 1 12oz Package of Sausage (sliced into rounds)
  • 2 TBSP. Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • Few shakes of hot sauce to your liking
  • Salt to taste

Creole Seasoning

  • 1 TBSP. Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP. Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP. Onion Powder
  • 1 TBSP. Paprika
  • tsp. Thyme
  • tsp. Oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. Basil
  • tsp. Cayenne
  • tsp. Sage
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • ¾ tsp. Pepper

Instructions

  • Start by making the creole seasoning. In a bowl, stir all spices together and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Set aside.
  • Cook your rice and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a very large skillet or stock pot.
  • Sauté garlic, onions, and bell pepper for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Season with creole seasoning and add a few shakes of hot sauce (if desired).
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and sausage, all them to simmer until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. 
  • Add rice and stir well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

This is one of our favorite dishes. My kids don’t care for it spicy, so I usually leave some to the side for them with less creole seasoning and no hot sauce.
I love using my Anyday bowl to cook my rice, or to make this recipe go even faster I will buy the frozen rice and cook it in the microwave.
You can store this in the fridge for up to 4 days. I’ve never had enough leftovers to freeze it, but you could freeze the leftovers by allowing them to come to room temp and placing them in a freezer bag or container. Thaw and reheat to serve.
Don’t have shrimp? You can use chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes instead, just be sure to adjust the cook time as needed.
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Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 926mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5063IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Big Hit! I like going to Disneyland just for a specific restaurant that has a great jambalaya, well, this is better than that!