Instant Pot Jambalaya

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Instant Pot Jambalaya with chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp and lots of spice makes a flavorful New Orleans-style meal. Jambalaya is super easy to cook in a pressure cooker and it doesn’t take much time at all. The Instant Pot does a great job of melding all the flavors together in a short amount of time.

Instant Pot Jambalaya


First you use the saute mode to brown the sausage and the chicken. If you can’t find andouille sausage, you can use any smoked sausage. I like to use chicken thighs because they are juicier and have more flavor, but you could sub chicken breasts.

Then you saute onion, celery, red bell pepper, and garlic. Green pepper could be used instead of red.

Instant Pot Jambalaya


Next a can of undrained diced tomatoes, rice, Creole seasoning, thyme, bay leaves, Tabasco sauce, and 2 cups of chicken broth get added.

The Instant Pot gets set to Pressure Cook for 7 minutes. Do a quick pressure release after the time is up and add the shrimp, parsley, and green onions. Cover the pot and let the residual heat cook the shrimp.

Serve Instant Pot Jambalaya with some crusty French bread for a spicy southern one dish meal.

Instant Pot Jambalaya with chicken and shrimp

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Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Instant Pot Jambalaya with chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp and lots of spice makes a flavorful New Orleans-style meal. 
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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 12 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Turn Instant Pot to "Saute" and add oil to inner pot. Add sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add chicken and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning.  Cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside with sausage.
  • Add onion, celery, and red pepper and cook until onion is soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Stir in 2 teaspoons of Creole seasoning, thyme, salt, tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire sauce, broth, bay leaves, and Tabasco sauce. Stir in sausage and chicken.
  • Turn Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/High (or Manual) for 7 minutes. Be sure valve is in "Sealing" position. 
  • Do a quick release and open Instant Pot. Do not open until the pin drops. Stir in shrimp, parsley, and green onions. Cover Instant Pot and turn it off. Let the residual heat cook the shrimp for about 8 to 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Paint the Kitchen Red


You may like to also try this Slow Cooker Jambalaya. Watch the video below to see how to make it.

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56 thoughts on “Instant Pot Jambalaya

  1. I have an 8 qt instant pot. I also did the layering of rice on top of meat with tomatoes on top of rice. No burn at all. Rice was not done when added shrimp so I left lid on for 15 minutes and still not done so put lid back on for additional 15 minutes and rice was done. Next time I will cook for 8-9 minutes but leaving lid on is a good option to finish cooking rice. I used Slap Momma for creole seasoning but was a bit spicy. We like spicy but was too much. So will either use less or something different.

    1. I was looking at a similar recipe in an instant pot cook book. It wasn’t jambalaya, but it was a chicken, sausage, and rice dish. the recipe was designed for 6 qt, and the book said to add 50% to all ingredients. I am going to try that to see if it helps

  2. Mine got the burn notice too had to switch everything to the stove top. Just wish when reading recipes it had a notice about either not using this recipe if your instant pot gets the burn notice or ways to go around that when making certain recipes I was super disappointed as I’m still learning how to cook with my instant pot.

    1. It’s all about the mixing technique! Put the rice in LAST, after everything else is stirred together, and then give it a very gentle stir so the rice is all wet but stays on top, then seal and cook. Whenever I forget to do this it burns, but if the rice is on top it’s fine.

  3. I made this today using chicken, sausage and bay scallops. I used brown rice and had to cook it slightly longer after I added the scallops. The result was quite a tasty meal and I will make it again.

  4. Absolutely delicious! Perfect meal my husband loved it also. Only change I made was the only diced tomatoes I had was fire roasted so used them and left out the Tabasco. Perfect not to much heat just enough.

    1. Just made this tonight for the first time in my 6QT – if you double it I would definitely go with the 8QT. 6QT might MIGHT hold it doubled, but it would be too close for comfort in my opinion.

  5. The dish was amazing. I saw from previous posts about the dreaded “burn”. In my experience it’s usually from either not scraping the bits off the bottom or the tomato. I changed up the order and put everything in except the rice. Added it after the broth. Pushed the rice down just until it was covered in liquid. Don’t stir. Then put the tomatoes on top. Don’t stir. Came out perfect.

  6. Made this and it was delicious! Based on all the comments regarding the rice and burn notice, I used already cooked brown rice and reduced the broth to 1 cup. Perfection!

  7. I have wanted this recipe to turn out 3 times now.. (my daughter tried to talk me out of trying again) I have gotten the “burn” EVERY time! I even emptied the pot, scrubbed and oiled the pot before returning contents. Sooo disappointing. I am hoping to salvage on the stove as others have mentioned. If it doesn’t turn out, what a waist of ingredients! I am soo sad!! ☹️

  8. Wow! Fantastic! I only had chorizo and it worked well. Also used riced cauliflower to de-carb it… again it worked well! Just hot enough and lots of flavor. A definite keeper.

  9. I love this recipe, but could you please update the ingredient list to have the green onions listed as an ingredient? I made my shopping list and missed them since they are only mentioned in the last sentence.

  10. Me again. Just made the Jambalaya exactly as the recipe said. No burning and the rice turned out perfectly. The prawns are now heating up and we are looking forward to our meal. Thank you.

  11. I am making this tonight. I noticed that you add green onions at the end however there are no green onions in the recipe. How many do I use? I am just going to dice up 2 – 3 tonight and see how it goes.

  12. I make this recipe every other week. I only use sausage and shrimp. I follow the recipe other than not using the chicken. I have never received a burn code. I also use olive oil to saute my sausage and veges. Ive been making this recipe since I found it over a year ago. Best jambalaya recipe by far. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Every time I make this people go crazy over it! I follow the recipe exactly as printed and it’s perfect! This is my go to Mardis Gras recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  14. I hardly ever leave reviews, but I have to say: this recipe is perfect! So easy to follow, and it is extremely delicious! I skipped the Tabasco sauce, and used red pepper instead of green pepper, and added half a chopped carrot. I bought frozen pre-cooked unshelled shrimp and made sure it was defrosted for the recipe. Turned out perfect! Thank you so much! I will be adding this to my weekly repertoire!

  15. I keep getting a burn message. I have added water twice, scraped the bottom etc. You may want to test your recipe and adjust accordingly, as I am winding up having to cook this conventionally defeating the purpose.

      1. I also get a burn problem. I have an older instant pot– with no burn alert; but the bottom burns ,so the pot never comes to pressure. I read somewhere that tomatoes (because of their sugar content) are often the culprit — and recommended just layering the tomatoes on top. But thatdidn’t help. I think the rice is the problem— one version of the recipe suggests coating the rice in the oil before pressurizing. i think that is a problem— since it is clearly th rice that sticks to bottom and “burns”— brown, but still tasty. Im going to try not cooking the rice at all before pressurizing. Elsewhere I’ve read that heating up the pot and ingredients— with the liquid also helps — since nothing gets time to burn on the bottom before pressurizing. I will try that as well.

      1. Second time trying this reciepe and gotten a burn message both times 🙁 I just finish cooking it on the stove top.

  16. I made this recipe and it was my 1st try with the Instant Pot. The rice was not cooked after 7 minutes. Was I supposed to cook the rice first.

    1. Was hoping to see a response since I had the same problem. I used brown, long grain uncooked rice. Absolutely love the recipe…hoping for this one fix.

  17. Nice recipe.
    I’m not fond of tomatoes and I like a Cajun “brown” jambalaya. I let the sausage and chicken cook til the bottom of the pot is covered with a sticky “fond” (brown scalded bits) but not burned, and then I throw the mirepoix. All the water in the celery onion and peppers is enough to deglaze the fond, but if not, continue deglazing with the chicken stock until the bottom of the pot is clean. Then continue with the recipe without the tomatoes. Add an extra quarter cup of stock to replace the water from the tomatoes. The fond adds a nice flavor and a brown cast to the jambalaya. Wondermous!

  18. Excellent recipe. My family (we’re from New Orleans) thought this was a good as any we had eaten in a long time. Thanks Christin.

  19. This was delicious but I realize I didn’t add the rest of the Creole. When do we add in the additional 1/2 tsp of Creole seasoning?

  20. Love this recipe. I make this 2-3 times a month. So quick and easy. I use shrimp and sausage only. Love how it taste like its been cooking all day.

  21. I read it multiple times and kept overlooking it too. I guess since it’s listed in the middle of the seasonings.

  22. This turned out great! I ended up naturally releasing it … I used brown rice and was worried the 7 minutes wouldn’t be enough. I didn’t have shrimp or scallions (and you are right definitely needs something green. I may sauté some zucchini just to break up the color. Thanks!!!

  23. Have you ever substituted white rice for brown? I want to make it with brown rice but being new to instant pot cooking, I’m afraid of undercooking everything. Can I do the brown rice in a separate pot until close to being done and then add it in so it won’t overcook?

  24. Is this recipe for a 6qt machine? I have an ultra 8qt & I’m cooking for a large group next weekend!! Could you estimate how much to increase the recipe for a full 8qt size? Many thanks for any info you can provide!!!

          1. I read it multiple times and I kept overlooking it too. Guess since it’s in the middle of all the seasonings.

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