Shrimp Jambalaya {Family Recipe}

I first shared this recipe in my early days of blogging and when I when I couldn't locate my printed copy of it, I searched for it on my blog.  When I saw the photos, I knew it was time to do a re-take and share this one again... I can't believe I first shared it back in 2008

Now that Our Boys are older and their tastes have grown a bit, I did a little bit of tweaking to the original recipe.

This is one of those recipes that you'll want to have in your back pocket for a night when you want to get dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.  Using frozen, cooked shrimp could also speed things along if you have it on hand.


In the past, I usually used the smaller shrimp... but, this time I opted for large shrimp and everyone agreed that they preferred that I make it this way going forward.

When I made it in the past, I kept the flavor a bit more mild so that Our Boys would eat it.  Over the last couple of years, they both have developed a taste for slightly, spicy foods.  This recipe is easily adaptable to whatever level of spice you prefer... add a bit more chili powder or a bit less and it will still be delicious!

This version got a huge thumb's up from everyone at my dinner table!

Shrimp Jambalaya (updated February 2022)

Recipe by Mom K
  • 3 tablespoons butter (for Dairy Free - use a plant based butter, we like Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, cooked & peeled
  • 2 cups vegetable juice (I use low-sodium V-8 juice)
  • 1 cup black olives, pitted
  • 3-4 drops hot pepper sauce
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat butter. Once melted, add the onion, red and green bell peppers and garlic. Sauté until slightly softened; add chili powder and cumin and stir to combine. Cook about 3-4 more minutes.
  2. Add rice and vegetable juice, heat through; add shrimp and olives. Once the shrimp and olives are heated through, add the hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes; don't walk away because the rice on the bottom of the pan can burn quickly. If it seems too dry, add a little more vegetable juice.

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Cate said…
Mmm, total tummy-warming food.
Marye said…
I love shrimp but the family not so much... this looks delicious!
Katrina said…
Hate to say I agree with Marye. I don't like shrimp. I have tried and tried. But my husband loves it and loves jambalaya. I'll have to surprise him sometime and make this for him.
sj said…
I love shrimp... and so does my family... this looks amazing :)
Shelby said…
Well contray to Marye and Katrina, I LOVE shrimp. ;) lol Your recipe looks mouthwatering and I totally get where you came at with your remake! I have several posts I need to do the same thing with from way back when.

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