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Spicy Instant Pot Jambalaya in white bistro bowl wtih red rim and Italian parsley

Instant Pot Jambalaya

'Jambalaya, a Louisiana meat, seafood, and rice staple, is quick and easy in the multi-cooker. By browning the sausage first and then stirring it in only at the end, you infuse the rice with its flavor, yet keep it from turning rubbery under pressure."-Super Fast Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookook
I would add, including the cooked shrimp at the end also allows it to keep non-rubbery texture which can occur when shrimp is over-cooked!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 1 1/2 cup servings
Calories 430kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 6 quart Instant Pot
  • Mini Prep Food Processor
  • Spatula


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 12 ounces Andouille Sausage cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 1 medium Green Bell Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium stalk Celery chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves diced
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Thyme
  • 1 cup Long-Grain White Rice regular NOT instant rice
  • 1 14.5-ounce can Diced Tomatoes undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 ounces medium-size Cooked Shrimp (41-60 count)
  • 4 Scallions thinly sliced


  • Heat the olive oil in the inner pot at on Sauté. Add the sausage slices, and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. 
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. 
  •  Add the Cajun seasoning, thyme, and rice, and stir until the rice is well coated in the oil. Press Cancel to stop the cooking. 
  • Add the tomatoes and their juices, the stock, and salt. Stir with a spatula freeing any food particles sticking to the bottom of the Instant Pot insert. 
  • Lock the lid. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 8 minutes, then allow a Natural Pressure Release for 5 minutes followed by manual release of the remaining pressure. 
  • Stir the rice mixture, then stir in the shrimp, scallions, and reserved sausage. Replace the Instant Pot lid and allow the ingredients to heat through for 5 minutes in the residual heat.



This recipe does not include bay leaves but if you enjoy that flavor feel free to add one before sealing the Instant Pot!
Recipe adapted from 'Super Fast Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook' Copyright © 2018 by Heather Rodino and Ella Sandersand printed with permission of St. Martin's Griffin.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1164mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2.8mg