Today, I’m sharing a mouthwatering recipe that will take your jambalaya game to the next level. With a simple box of Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, you can create a hearty and delicious shrimp and sausage jambalaya that will leave you craving for more.
A Quick and Flavorful Meal
In the same amount of time it takes to cook the rice from the box, you can transform it into a truly satisfying dish. The beauty of using Zatarain’s jambalaya mix is that it cuts down on cook time while still allowing you to add your own choice of meat and fresh ingredients. This means that each bite tastes incredibly fresh and takes just a fraction of the time to prepare.
Zatarain’s Delivers Authentic New Orleans Flavor
Zatarain’s jambalaya rice mix is the secret to achieving that perfect blend of spices and seasonings that make New Orleans-style jambalaya so delicious. It’s no wonder that many Louisiana locals rely on Zatarain’s to whip up a quick and flavorful pan of jambalaya or pot of gumbo on busy weeknights. While I like to use smoked sausage and frozen shrimp in this recipe, the possibilities are endless. Ask 100 locals how they customize their Zatarain’s rice mix, and you’ll get 100 different answers. Zatarain’s has become a beloved pantry staple in Louisiana, so you can trust that it will deliver on taste.
Ingredients for Your Ultimate Jambalaya
To make this easy jambalaya, you’ll need:
- Olive oil, to brown the sausage
- Smoked sausage (andouille is recommended, but any smoked sausage will do)
- Green onions, both the whites and tops
- Diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- Zatarain’s jambalaya mix (available at your local grocery store or online)
- Water, for cooking the rice to perfection
- Shrimp, added in the final 5 minutes of cooking
How to Make New Orleans Jambalaya with Zatarain’s
Jambalaya is a one-pot meal that requires minimal effort. Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll have a delicious jambalaya in 35 minutes or less.
- Brown the sausage: In a large, deep-rimmed skillet, brown the sausage with the onion whites over medium-high heat.
- Add the mix: Stir in the diced tomatoes and Zatarain’s rice and seasoning mix. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat.
- Top with shrimp: Remove the lid and place the shrimp on top of the rice. Cover with the lid again and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- It’s done: The liquid should be absorbed, the shrimp should be opaque, and your kitchen will be filled with a mouthwatering aroma.
Choosing the Right Cookware
For the best results, use a large stainless steel skillet or a 5-quart Dutch oven. Both options come with a lid and deep rims that can hold all the ingredients without any spillage during cooking.
How Spicy is Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix?
If you’re worried about the spice level, rest assured that Zatarain’s jambalaya mixes are on the milder side. While they are blended with Cajun and Creole spice blends, they don’t add a lot of heat. However, if you prefer a spicy kick, Zatarain’s also offers a spicy jambalaya mix just for you.
Perfect Side Dishes to Complete Your Meal
Before you start cooking, consider pairing your jambalaya with these delicious side dishes that complement the New Orleans theme:
- Creole Coleslaw
- Sweet Potato Salad
- Deviled Eggs
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Now, get ready to upgrade your jambalaya game with Zatarain’s and indulge in the rich flavors of New Orleans!