Shrimp Jambalaya

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Editor's Note: Looking for a Cajun-style recipe for your next dinner party? Shrimp Jambalaya is a great one to serve and build a menu around. This is an easy and quick dish to prepare and guests will enjoy the festive feeling that Cajun food brings with it. You can pair this dish with other New Orleans inspired recipes and drinks to raise the level and excitement and fun. "This classic shrimp dish has a kick to it, so your guests will enjoy explosions of flavor in their mouth. They won't want to miss a bite of your homemade, delightful dish."


Cooking MethodPan-frying


One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseMain Course

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureHot & Spicy, Savory


  • ¼ pound unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 4 medium cloves, garlic, minced
  • 1 cup very thinly sliced celery
  • 3 green or red bell peppers-seeded, deveined, and cut into long julienne
  • 4 to 5 semi-hot yellow finger peppers-seeded, deveined, and cut into long julienne
  • 3 medium tomatoes-peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and with tail intact
  • 1 cup fish stock, or shrimp stock
  • Salt and cayenne pepper


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat.

  2. Wilt the onions in the butter. Add the garlic and all of the vegetables and simmer over low heat.

  3. When the vegetables are still slightly crisp, add the shrimp and the stock.

  4. Bring to a simmer, season to taste, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the shrimp are just cooked through. Do not overcook the shrimp.


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This is not jambalaya . This is a stir fry dish. Jambalaya is a rice dish. There is no rice in this recipe. Please stop ruining our recipe's. Look for our cookbooks and learn about how our food is prepared before you make a recipe and call it jambalaya, Disney tried to ruin our gumbo too and that did not go over well.

This is not real jambalaya, it doesn't even have rice!!!! It's a disgrace to "Cajun" food!


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