Learn how to cook Instant Pot Jambalaya (Pressure Cooker Jambalaya)! This delicious Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is an incredible flavor-party in your mouth bursting with savory-umami-spicy-tangy-sweet flavors. Comforting, satisfying, family-friendly one pot meal.
What is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a well-loved classic New Orleans meat and rice dish, crafted with African, French, and Spanish influences.
It’s believed that Jambalaya was born when Spanish settlers were trying to recreate their popular paella dish using Louisiana ingredients.
Flavors: Jambalaya shines through with complex, bold, vibrant cajun/creole flavors that excite your tastebuds! Incredibly flavorful rice dish that offers a taste of savory, umami, tangy, sweet, zesty, spicy sensations.
Textures: Jambalaya offers a really satisfying mouthfeel – bouncy shrimps, meaty juicy sausages, tender chicken, bits of crunch from peppers + onions + celery, mixed into easy-to-eat rice (that has soaked in all the flavorful juices), finished with a refreshing green onions crunch.
*Note: We’ve developed this Instant Pot Jambalaya recipe with Chicken, Andouille Sausage, and Shrimps, but you can easily customize it with your favorite proteins or what you have on hand. 🙂
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Learn how to cook Instant Pot Jambalya (Pressure Cooker Jambalaya)! This delicious Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is an incredible flavor-party in your mouth. Comforting, satisfying, family-friendly one pot meal.
Brown Chicken & Shrimps in Instant Pot: Press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until it says “HOT” on the screen (~8mins). Add 1 tbsp unsalted butter + 1 tbsp olive oil in Instant Pot. Pat dry chicken thighs with a paper towel, then season one side of chicken with kosher salt and black pepper. Place 1¼ lb (565g) chicken on one side of Instant Pot (seasoned side face down) and shrimps on the other side of Instant Pot, brown them for 3.5 minutes. Season the other side of chicken and shrimps with salt and black pepper. Flip chicken and shrimps, brown this side for another 3.5 minutes. Set aside browned chicken, saute shrimps for another 30 seconds - 1 minute. Set aside shrimps (will be used after pressure cooking).
Saute Sausages: Add 1lb (454g) sliced sausages in Instant Pot, saute for 3 minutes.
Saute Onions & Spices: Add in diced onions, green bell peppers, and celery, saute for 2 minutes. Add in minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp (5.8g) tomato paste, ¼ tsp (0.2g) dried thymes, ¼ tsp (0.25g) dried oregano, 1 tsp (3g) smoked paprika, and ½ - 1 tsp (1.2g - 2.4g) cayenne pepper, saute for another minute.
Deglaze Instant Pot & Add Soy Sauce: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot. *Pro Tip: Make sure to deglaze really well for this jambalaya recipe! Add in 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) regular soy sauce, give it a quick mix.
Pressure Cook Jambalaya: Push all ingredients to one side, then add the browned chicken with all its meat juice in Instant Pot. Add 2 cups (440g) well drained jasmine rice in Instant Pot. *Pro Tip: Ensure to add chicken in Instant Pot first, then add rice on top to avoid the "Burn" error. Pour 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Ensure all the rice is fully submerged in the stock. Layer 14.5oz crushed or diced tomatoes on the very top. Do not mix! With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.-Chicken Thighs: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 7 minutes + Natural Release 10 minutes-Chicken Drumsticks: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 8 minutes + Natural Release 10 minutesAfter 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.
Add Shrimps, Mix & Season: Add & mix the fully cooked shrimps in jambalaya. Taste the Jambalaya and adjust the seasoning accordingly. *Note: It will look a bit too watery at first, but once you start mixing all the ingredients, it will all come together. *Pro Tip: For reference, we added roughly 3 - 4 pinches of salt to open up the flavors & season the dish properly.
Serve: Garnish the Jambalaya with sliced green onion, then serve. Enjoy~
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*Adjust Spicy Level: add more or less cayenne pepper depending on your desired spiciness. We used ½ tsp (1.2g) cayenne pepper for mild-medium spiciness.*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!