Creole Vegetable Jambalaya

For traditional jambalaya, shrimp and sausage are stirred into the vegetables and rice, not served on the side. Carrots, cauliflower, and squash are a delicious addition to this Cajun recipe.

Creole Vegetable Jambalaya
Servings: 8 Prep 30 mins Cook 40 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet green pepper, cored, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cored, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, separated into flowerets (cut large flowerets in half)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.75 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
  • 1/2 pound chorizo, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp (31 to 35 per pound), shelled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Make It

1. Heat vegetable oil in large pot. Add onion and carrots; cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sweet peppers and cauliflower; cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable broth, creole seasoning and salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until vegetables are almost fork-tender, about 18 minutes.

2. Add squash; cook until squash is cooked through but still retains its shape, about 5 minutes.

3. Cook chorizo in skillet over high heat until browned, 5 minutes. Remove to paper toweling.


4. Heat olive oil in large skillet over high heat. Season shrimp with the salt and pepper. Add shrimp to skillet; saute until cooked through, pink and curled, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Remove shrimp from skillet; keep shrimp warm.

5. To serve, spoon cooked rice into large bowl. Spoon vegetable jambalaya over rice. Arrange cooked shrimp around edge. Serve browned chorizo in a bowl on the side as an optional garnish.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 531, Fat, total (g): 22, chol. (mg): 109, sat. fat (g): 5, carb. (g): 62, fiber (g): 9, pro. (g): 25, sodium (mg): 1681, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.