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Firecracker Shrimp Jambalaya

Updated on March 16, 2013

Spicy Jambalaya

Jambalaya to Remember

Classic Jambalaya with a kick. If you like traditional jambalaya and you like shrimp, this is a dish you won't soon forget. The combination of shrimp and classic jambalaya with a nice light, spicy flavor are the perfect combination.

Firecracker Shrimp Jambalaya Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh cayenne chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2or 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped fresh
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon` salt
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons bottled read hot sauce

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: 4 servings


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with 2 1/2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Stir the grains, cover, and cook over medium-low heat until all of the liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. Fluff the rice and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and chili pepper, and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes more. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, the parsley, oregano, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, and hot sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and fold in the rice. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Ladle the jambalaya into wide bowls and serve at once.


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    • Skarlet profile image

      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tirelesstraveler.

      I think smoky sausages would be a great addition. Will have t try it.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      This looks almost exactly like Jambalaya I used to make. Yum! I lost the recipe. The only difference was I added little smoky sausages.

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      sheila b. 5 years ago

      Mmm, sounds good! I will make this.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you WhydThatHappen.

      Great name:)

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      Now I can change up the jumbalaya I usually have and add variety, sweet!