While visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, last month, we tasted Cajun food for the first time and fell in love with it. The week after we arrived back home, I scoured the internet for Jambalaya recipes and decided to make up my own. Surprisingly, it turned out great, so I thought I would share it with you. Have you ever tried Cajun food?
New Orleans Cajun Style Jambalaya
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 medium-sized onion minced
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 5 sticks celery, chopped
- 2 fully cooked sausages Cajun Style Andouille Sausage from Walmart, in bite-sized pieces
- 2 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
- 1 can can diced tomatoes (14½)
- ¼ tsp thyme
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning I use Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups rice
- Fish I use crappie. Can also use shrimp or chicken
Melt ¼ cup butter in heavy stockpot or Dutch oven on medium heat.
Add onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook until pepper is tender (approximately 6-8 minutes).
Add sausage and garlic cloves. Cook another 3 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
Stir in thyme, Cajun seasoning, ground pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Stir in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add rice, bring to a boil, and simmer until rice is cooked.
When rice is close to done, cook fish in oiled skilled (can seasoning with a bit of Cajun seasoning). Cut into bite-sized pieces, and add to rice mixture. Stir to combine. Add more Cajun seasoning if desired.