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Jill Silverman Hough's Jambalaya

Seafood and Andouille Jambalaya

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Jambalaya might sound exotic—and it does have deliciously haunting flavors—but it’s basically a simple, one-pot meal that, after a little chop¬ping and cutting, comes together quickly and cleans up even more so.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Creole
Cooking Style One-Pot
Seasonal Christmas, Father's Day, Halloween, New Year's Eve
Ingredient Andouille Sausage, shrimp
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6 - 8 servings


  • 2 tbsp 1/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 to 12 oz cooked andouille sausage halved lengthwise and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 stalks celery cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 onion cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed through a garlic press or minced
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • One 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 1/2 tsp smoked paprika see below
  • 4 1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups white long-grain rice
  • 12 oz large raw, peeled shrimp, preferably tail on
  • 12 oz bay scallops or sea scallops halved or quartered if very large (see below)


  • In a medium stockpot over medium heat, warm the butter and olive oil.
  • Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the celery and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes (with their juices), thyme, paprika, salt, and cayenne, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in the rice, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the shrimp and scallops, cover, and cook until the seafood is cooked through and the liquid is almost all absorbed, about 4 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


Notes: Smoked paprika is available in the spice section of most major supermarkets and at specialty food stores. Besides using it in this recipe, you can use it in rubs and stirred into salsa, soups, stews, and sauces. Sea scallops are 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, as opposed to bay scallops, which are about 1/2 inch. Look for ones that have a slightly beige or pinkish hue. If they’re stark white, it’s a sign that they’ve been soaked in water—which increases their weight (meaning you’re paying for water) and makes them less likely to get nicely browned.