Packed with flavor, this easy jambalaya recipe uses cauliflower rice to make it low-carb, whole30, and paleo. Make this healthy jambalaya in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
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Updated 2019 with Instant Pot instructions
Fat Tuesday! I feel like it’s super early this year. Anyway on Fat Tuesday last year I shared with you my Slow Cooker Gumbo. To-date it’s one of my most popular posts. I hope that you enjoy this jambalaya recipe just as much as that one.
slow cooker (before)
before (pressure cooker)
What Is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a Louisiana-origin dish consisting of meat and vegetables mixed with rice. Traditionally, the meat is sausage of some sort along with chicken (or sometimes pork), and seafood, usually shrimp or crawfish. The vegetables used in jambalaya are usually the onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Jambalaya is similar to gumbo. They both use sausages, meats, seafood, vegetables and similar seasonings. Unlike gumbo, jambalaya does not use a roux. Another difference is that gumbo is served rice while in jambalaya, the rice is mixed in with the other ingredients.
add cauliflower rice & shrimp (pressure cooker)
Using Cauliflower Rice
I went back and forth with which type of rice to use for this recipe – regular or cauliflower. I did a quick social media poll and 56% of my followers said they’d like to see a low-carb, whole30, paleo version of jambalaya so here you go. I used a 1 1/2 cups of cauliflower rice. You can use up to 2 cups without having to make any modifications to the recipe. Try not to rice your cauliflower too small. I used chicken breasts but of course you can use boneless, skinless thighs if you want.
add cauliflower rice & shrimp (slow cooker)
Other Cajun recipes you might enjoy:
Slow Cooker Gumbo
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken & Potatoes
Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken & Sausage
Slow Cooker Cajun Turkey, Potatoes & Peppers
I think this has a small kick to it but I wouldn’t call it spicy.
Instant Pot Jambalaya VIDEO:
For a list of whole30 compliant sausage brands, click HERE.
If you want you can absolutely use regular rice if you want. Stir in 1 cup of cooked rice when you add the shrimp. Of course the recipe will no longer be low-carb, paleo, or whole30.
I used a 6-quart slow cooker /or Instant Pot.
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