What is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a creole dish of rice with meat, seafood and spices and it’s delicious! It’s name comes from a word that means “a mix up” or “mash up” and that describes Jambalaya perfectly. It does usually contain meat and that meat usually includes a spicy sausage of some kind. From there, you’ll find lots of variations of meats included – chicken, shrimp, crawfish, pork. There are probably as many versions of this dish as there are cooks. That gives you free rein to swap the meats and seafood in this recipe for whatever you’d like.
The beauty of this recipe for Jambalaya is how quickly you can pull it together. Once you’ve browned the meats, the dish cooks in the pressure cooker for 5 minutes, that’s all! Then, you release the pressure from the pressure cooker using a quick release method and stir in the shrimp. The residual heat from the piping hot rice is enough to cook the shrimp through – just make sure they are defrosted before you add them to the pot. Cooking the shrimp this way ensures that they stay tender.