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This Instant Pot Jambalaya is a simplified version of a traditional Cajun dish. It has all of the flavors of this flavor-packed comfort meal but takes a fraction of the time to prepare.

This Instant Pot Jambalaya is the ideal quick and easy meal to prepare for family and friends!

What Gives This Recipe Its Flavour?

  • It’s bursting to the seams with flavor and spice! This is the dish to make if you want a flavorful meal. This Instant Pot jambalaya has an amazing amount of flavor thanks to two heaping tablespoons of Cajun seasoning!
  • It’s all done in a single pot! Not only does the Instant Pot cut the cooking time in half, but it also makes cleanup a snap. This is one of my go-to meals for entertaining guests and family. It produces a delectable lunch with very little effort!
  • It’s almost foolproof! This Instant Pot Jambalaya recipe is broken down into a few easy stages that anyone can do. You’ll get a flawlessly cooked and delectable jambalaya every time you make it because there’s very little room for error!

Important Ingredients

Instant Pot Jambalaya Easy
Food: Instant Pot Jambalaya (Source: Cooking Classy)

Sausage Andouille – Andouille sausage has a smokey flavor and a granular texture that sets it apart from other sausages. In this dish, I strongly advise against using any other sausage.

All jambalaya meals must include andouille. For this recipe, I even found a Cajun-style andouille sausage, which was very excellent! If you can’t get andouille sausage, you can substitute chorizo.

However, do not make this dish without the sausage. So much flavor is packed into the sausage!

Cajun Seasoning – Cajun seasoning contains some of the most delicious spices! A few examples include smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and dried oregano.

It’s delightfully spicy and smokey, and it gives this Instant Pot jambalaya an incredible depth of flavor.

If you can’t locate Cajun seasoning in your local supermarket, I recommend making your own using one of the many Cajun seasoning recipes available online.

Long Grain White Rice — Once cooked, this type of rice holds its shape and fluffs up beautifully.

Long-grain white rice is another essential component of traditional jambalaya recipes, and it lends the perfect texture to the dish’s foundation. Basmati and jasmine rice are two types of long-grain white rice that can be used in this dish.

Chef’s Advice

  • Don’t overthink this jambalaya recipe in the Instant Pot! It’s as simple as the recipe below shows. Continue from one step to the next, using the same pot and not adding or removing any ingredients.
  • If you’d like, you may easily double this recipe! As I previously stated, I enjoy making this jambalaya recipe for a large group. And when I do, I double the amount of each ingredient while staying true to the recipe’s cooking timeframes.
  • Remember to whisk everything together right after you add the shrimp, chicken, and sausage in the last step! The idea is to make sure that everything is distributed evenly throughout your Instant Pot Jambalaya. If you fail to stir before replacing the lid, the rice will overcook and stick to the bottom of the pot.

Instant Pot Jambalaya

10 minutes to prepare
35 minutes to cook
45 minutes in total

This Instant Pot Jambalaya is a simplified version of a traditional Cajun dish. It has all of the flavors of this flavor-packed comfort meal but takes a fraction of the time to prepare.

This Instant Pot Jambalaya is the ideal quick and easy meal to prepare for family and friends!


  • 1 pound andouille sausage sliced into rounds
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper see Notes
  • 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound raw shrimp peeled


  • Instant Pot

Instructions For Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya
Food: Instant Pot Jambalaya (Source: Cooking Classy)
  1. Set the Instant Pot to the sauté function. When the vegetable oil is hot, add the sliced andouille sausage and fry for about 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Take the sausage out of the pot and set it aside.
  2. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is browned, in one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Take the chicken out of the pot and set it aside.
  3. Combine the onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, celery, and garlic with the remaining one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until the onion is transparent.
  4. Add the rice, as well as the Cajun seasoning, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. To coat the rice in spices, stir for about 1 minute.
  5. To turn off the heat, press cancel, then add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth. Toss to combine, then cover and cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes in the Instant Pot.
  6. Remove the lid, manually release the steam, and then add the raw shrimp, cooked sausage, and chicken. Stir to incorporate, then cover and cook on low heat for 5-10 minutes, or until shrimp is fully cooked.


  • Cayenne Pepper: If you want a milder jambalaya, omit the cayenne pepper entirely. Cajun seasoning already contains cayenne pepper, which adds a little heat to the dish.
  • Low-carb: 2 12 cup cauliflower rice can be substituted for the rice. One cup of chicken broth is all that’s needed. Set the manual high-pressure time to only 1 minute in step 5!

This recipe makes around 4 servings. The number of servings will be determined by the size of your selected portions.

The nutritional values displayed are for one serving out of four and are based on the precise components listed above. The exact macros will vary depending on the brands and types of ingredients utilized.

Prepare the recipe as directed to get the weight of one serving. Weigh the final recipe, then divide the weight (not including the weight of the container in which the food is stored) by four. The weight of one serving will be the result.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 1010kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 69g, Fat: 48g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 311mg, Sodium: 2969mg, Potassium: 1315mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 3502IU, Vitamin C: 77mg, Calcium: 167mg, Iron: 5mg, Net Carbs: 66g