I have been making this Easy Smoked Sausage Jambalaya for years. This recipe is simple, quick, and yummy! And because most of the ingredients can probably be found in your pantry, it makes a great dinner on a busy weeknight.
You can use smoked sausage, kielbasa, or turkey sausage in this jambalaya. Whichever one you choose, this is an easy dinner idea recipe that the entire family will love.
This post was updated in December of 2021 with new photos. The recipe remains the same.
The original recipe is from a magazine, and I have adjusted the ingredients a bit to fit my families taste. You can always spice it up or down to satisfy your family.
The ingredients that you will need are shown here. Most of these items may already be in your pantry so that you might be able to prepare this meal with minimal shopping.
- Olive Oil
- Smoked Sausage
- Green Bell Pepper
- Creole Seasoning
- Bay Leaf
- Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis
- White Rice
- Chicken Broth
- Water (not shown)
How to make this easy dinner recipe
First, you will need to chop up an onion, green bell pepper, and smoked sausage.
If you like, you can also use Polska Kielbasa or turkey sausage instead of the smoked sausage. I usually use Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage for this recipe for jambalaya.
Add the olive oil to a pan over medium heat and add the onion, bell pepper, and sausage. Stir well and cook until the onion and bell pepper start to soften for about 5 minutes.
Next add the Creole Seasoning, bay leaf, and salt & pepper. Cook while stirring for about another minute to release all the flavors in the spices.
Next, you will need to add the water, chicken broth, tomatoes with chilis, and then the rice. Bring the smoked sausage jambalaya to a boil. Cover and cook the jambalaya until the rice is done.
Before you know it, dinner is ready and it is time to eat!
This quick Easy Smoked Sausage Jambalaya is a surprisingly simple and delicious recipe to keep in your busy, weeknight dinner rotation. Of course, be prepared for your family to request this meal again and again.
To mix things up a bit, you can always add shrimp instead of the sausage or add both! Additionally, chicken would be good, too!
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Faq's and tips
Personally, I usually buy the Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage. I have used Smoked Sausage, Polska Kielbasa, and Turkey Smoked Sausage. All work very well in this recipe.
This recipe is based on using smoked sausage, but if you prefer, leave out the sausage and used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
Or, try some cubed-up chicken breast. Make sure the chicken is cooked with the onion and bell pepper before proceeding with the recipe.
Just add the shrimp towards the end. I would add it while the rice is cooking during the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking depending on the size of the shrimp you use. Or, you can cook the shrimp separately and add it once the rice is done.
I commonly use both long-grain rice and Jasmine rice. Just remember, check the directions on whatever kind of rice you use and note that you might need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
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Easy Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 14 ounces Smoke Sausage cut into bite size pieces
- 1 Onion chopped, about 1 cup total
- 1 Green Bell Pepper chopped, about 1 cup total
- 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
- 1 Bay Leaf or ½ tsp. Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 14 ½ ounce Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles can
- 14 ½ ounce Chicken Broth can
- 1 cup Water
- 1 ½ cups Long-Grain Rice
- Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
- Add the olive oil, onion, green pepper, and smoked sausage to the heated skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion and pepper start to soften.
- Stir in the Creole seasoning, salt & pepper, and bay leaf. Cook and blend in the spices for about 1 minute.
- Next, add the diced tomatoes, water, chicken broth, and rice. Stir to combine the ingredients together and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
- Remove the bay leaf and dinner is ready!