This Recipe Makes My Grandma Absolutely Giddy

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This recipe was not just any recipe; it was the kind of meal that would bring a smile to any grandma’s face. In this case, it was my Grandma, who would get absolutely giddy with each spoonful! 🦐🥘

A bowl of this jambalaya doesn’t merely feed the stomach but warms the heart, one aromatic spoonful at a time. With its combination of spicy andouille sausage, succulent shrimp, and a vibrant medley of veggies, this dish is the ultimate comfort food.

The secret behind the spectacular flavor of this shrimp jambalaya? A blend of rich Cajun spices that dance on the palate and awaken the senses. Truly, it’s a carnival in a bowl! 🎉

The Basics of Cooking Jambalaya

As with any classic dish, it all begins with quality ingredients. Fresh shrimp is key, as it adds a beautiful sweetness that perfectly counters the smokiness of the andouille sausage. Pair that with crisp bell peppers, onions, and celery—the holy trinity of Louisiana cuisine—and you’re in for a treat!

Tip: When buying shrimp, remember that freshness is paramount. Look for bright, firm, and shiny shrimp. Avoid any with black spots or a strong ammonia smell. That’s not the kind of shrimp we want to invite to this party! 🦐🎈

Now let’s talk rice. Long-grain rice is the grain of choice for this dish. It cooks up fluffy and separate, perfect for absorbing all the delicious flavors in the pot. But remember, it’s not just about throwing everything in a pot and calling it a day. There’s an art to it, a dance if you will, and the rhythm is all in the method. 💃

Creating the Perfect Bowl of Jambalaya

The first step is sautéing your veggies until they are soft, followed by the sausage. Then, add your tomatoes and Cajun spice before introducing the rice to the pot. This ensures the rice is well coated and infused with the flavorful mixture before you add your liquid and bring it to a boil.

Tip: Adjust the level of spice to suit your taste. If you like a good kick, feel free to add a little extra Cajun spice. Just remember, you can always add, but you can’t take away! 🌶️🔥

Lastly, add the shrimp and cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Let the Jambalaya rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to marry together.

So there you have it, a recipe that would make any Grandma giddy. A true symphony of flavors that makes the taste buds dance with joy. Enjoy! 🎵🍽️

Tip: Jambalaya is best enjoyed with friends and family. So, make a big batch, gather your loved ones, and dive into the comfort of this Southern classic. Sharing is caring after all! 💖🍲

Shrimp Jambalaya

Course: DinnerCuisine: American


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A flavor-packed shrimp jambalaya recipe that will make you absolutely giddy.


  • 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 Andouille sausages, sliced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 2 cups long grain rice

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons Cajun spice mix


  • In a large pot, sauté the onions, bell pepper, and celery until softened. Add the garlic and sausage and cook until the sausage is browned.
  • Add the tomatoes and Cajun spice mix, stir until well combined.
  • Add the rice to the pot, stirring to coat the rice with the tomato and sausage mixture.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the rice is almost cooked.
  • Add the shrimp to the pot, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and simmer for another 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes before serving.


  • For a less spicy jambalaya, reduce the amount of Cajun spice.
  • You can substitute the shrimp with chicken or other seafood.
  • Serve with a side of cornbread for a truly southern meal.
  • You can store leftover jambalaya in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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