Keto Jambalaya

The delicious, layered flavors of our take on the Louisiana classic belies its rather quick and easy assembly. Bonus: leftovers keep, covered and refrigerated, for three days.
Serves 6 One Serving: 1-1/2 cup

Ingredients List

  • 1 (10-oz) package frozen cauliflower rice
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free Creole seasoning (like Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, divided)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into large dice (3 cups total)
  • 12 oz andouille sausage, sliced into 3/4-inch disks
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lb medium peeled, deveined shrimp
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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • On the prepared baking sheet, combine the cauliflower rice, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1½ teaspoons of the Creole seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to evenly distribute, then roast, tossing occasionally, until the cauliflower rice is dry and a bit crispy-edged, about 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, season the chicken pieces evenly with 1-1/2 teaspoons of the creole seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • In a 4 to 6-quart pot oven over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. When hot, add the chicken and cook, turning frequently, until browned on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes total. Remove the chicken to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium and add the celery, peppers, and sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and the sausage is seared in places, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and the remaining 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning, and toss to combine. Add 1/2 cup of water and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the mixture come to a simmer and thicken up a little, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the butter. When incorporated, gently stir in the shrimp and chicken and cook until shrimp is slightly opaque and a little “white” in color, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the cauliflower rice, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

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RecipeEric Lundy

PhotographyErin Ng

10 reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe. As a Louisiana native and quarter Cajun living in TN, I can vouch for the authenticity. I did substitute Natural Heaven Hearts of Palm White Rice for the cauliflower rice, however, and it was made even better. I can’t stand the taste of cauliflower – to me, present even after just about any dry-cooking technique – so the hearts of palm rice just makes all the difference in the world. Not only that, but the carb macros are better! Great job!

  2. 4 stars
    I like Jambalaya but I wish more people would be more concerned with not feeding animals with grains and junk oils. It doesn’t help that the cooking shows still cook with them and restaurants can’t afford to do anything but. The only saving grace is if more restaurants cooked with coconut oil, tallow, lard, butter, there wouldn’t be anything left for us, the useless eaters.

  3. 5 stars
    I tried Keto Jambalaya and its the perfect fall supper

  4. 5 stars
    This was my second Keto Mojo recipe and it was just as amazingly flavorful as the first. I personally will do more cauliflower next time just because I like a little more rice in my Jambalaya. My husband, who doesn’t like the way I change recipes to be healthier, thought it was great and took leftovers for lunch today. I’m loving the flavors in these recipes!

    • We’re delighted both you and your husband enjoyed this tasty recipe. Please try more of our recipes and continue to give us your feedback.

  5. 5 stars
    I have made this several times and it is wonderful. After you make it the first time, you can adjust your Creole seasoning to your tasted. I also baked my cauliflower rice longer than specified as I wanted it dry. I took this dish to a pot luck and all the keto eaters wanted the recipe! Thanks a lot

  6. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe a bit loosely and will do the cauliflower in the oven next time since the reviews highly suggest that. But, this was so amazing!! Been wanting to do this for a while but my husband won’t try anything new to him so i didn’t want to make only for myself. I had ALL ingredients but bell pepper and I added onion and garlic too. I was concerned the cauliflower would change the flavor and I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted just like rice!! This is a WINNER!!!

  7. 5 stars
    This was a really good dish. I loved the cauliflower rice done in the oven! Great tip–thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    loved this dish! Found local andouille sausage. will make this on the regular.
    gotta try it!

  9. 5 stars
    This is delicious and filling. This tasted no different. Was a hit at home, I will make again for sure. Only thing I would suggest is baking the cauliflower rice longer. It really gives the texture of rice. Love it. Thank you.

  10. 5 stars
    Great winter dish, rich and filling. It was even better heated up the next day!


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