Easy New Orleans Slow Cooker Shrimp Jambalaya

This creole shrimp jambalaya is spicy, hearty, and protein-packed. Best of all, the slow cooker does all of the work for you in an afternoon.

Bring the best flavors from the deep south right into your kitchen with this New Orleans-style shrimp jambalaya. Spicy, hearty, and protein-packed, this classic comfort food dish is also incredibly easy to make.

This shrimp jambalaya recipe is creole style, which just means it uses tomatoes in the sauce. Cajun style (sometimes called “brown jambalaya”) is jambalaya made without the tomatoes.

How to Make Shrimp Jambalaya in the Crockpot

The beauty of this recipe is that the slow cooker does all the legwork for you. All you need to do to make this shrimp jambalaya is to place all the ingredients into the pot (minus the rice and shrimp). Then go about your day for three-ish hours and come back to bask in the heavenly aromas—and to add the shrimp and rice.

Cook for another 40 minutes or so, and you’re done!

This creole shrimp jambalaya is spicy, hearty, and protein-packed. Best of all, the slow cooker does all of the work for you in an afternoon.

What’s the Difference Between Shrimp Gumbo and Jambalaya?

Although gumbo and jambalaya have similar ingredients, such as rice, shrimp, Andouille sausage, cajun spices, and veggies, jambalaya is a casserole that’s cooked in the same pot as the rice it’s served with.

Shrimp gumbo is a soup or stew that’s served on top of rice. It’s known for having a signature taste from Andouille sausage, so you can’t make a true gumbo without the sausage (whereas with jambalaya, you could leave it out if you wanted to).

What to Serve with Shrimp Jambalaya?

To keep with the southern theme, we recommend serving shrimp jambalaya with a side of southern collard greens, cornbread, or corn on the cob.

Easy New Orleans Slow Cooker Shrimp Jambalaya

This creole shrimp jambalaya is spicy, hearty, and protein-packed. Best of all, the slow cooker does all of the work for you in an afternoon. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cajun, crockpot, easy, new orleans, shrimp jambalaya, slow cooker chicken bone broth recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Sharon Chen

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts finely diced
  • 6 ounces Andouille sausage (or any type of smoked sausage) sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups tomato diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12 ounces raw large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups jasmine rice or regular white rice

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in your crockpot, excluding shrimp and rice. Stir well.

  2. Set the crockpot on high and cook for 2-3 hours.

  3. About 40 minutes before serving, add rice and shrimp to the crockpot. Stir and make sure the rice is completely covered. Continue cooking on high for 40 minutes, until the rice is tender.

Recipe Notes

  • If using brown rice, prepare to stir it into the crock pot an hour before serving, because brown rice takes more time to cook.
  • For best results, I recommend enjoying this jambalaya the same day as it’s cooked. Storing any leftovers will likely affect the rice texture. However, you can totally cook the rice separately and pour the crock pot jambalaya mixture over the cooked rice. Then you can enjoy the leftovers as well!
This creole shrimp jambalaya is spicy, hearty, and protein-packed. Best of all, the slow cooker does all of the work for you in an afternoon.

About the Author

Sharon Chen is the founder and creator behind StreetSmart Kitchen, a recipe website that helps busy professionals to prepare healthy meals in less time they ever thought possible. Download her Top 18 One-Dish Meals Cookbook for free here: http://bit.ly/SSK-Free-Cookbook

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