Instant Pot Healthy Jambalaya

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This Instant Pot Healthy Jambalaya, tastes like it was simmering on the stove top all day but is made in 30 minutes! It is true comfort food made healthy. This dish is Paleo, Keto, Whole30 and absolutely delicious.

Healthy shrimp and sausage jambalaya in a bowl, it is topped with fresh parsley.

What is Jambalaya?

Authentic Creole Jambalaya is rooted in the rich culture of New Orleans. It traditionally has the ‘holy trinity’, sausage, shrimp, chicken and rice. This is my simplified and ‘healthier’ take on this recipe. I did not use chicken to keep it easier, but feel free to make this recipe your own. I also use cauliflower rice to make this Whole30 and low carb.

Close up shot of healthy jambalaya in a bowl. There is shrimp with the tail on in the bowl. It is topped with chopped fresh parsley.

The Instant Pot does most of the work for you in this healthy jambalaya recipe. Using both the sauté function and pressure cook function you get an insanely flavorful meal in no time at all. We eat this meal on a regular basis in our home, it is so good!

Side view of a bowl of healthy jambalaya. There is a spoon beside the bowl and a small bowl of fresh parsley behind it.

How to Get the Best Flavor:

  • The base of the recipe is the holy trinity (according to creole cooking) of onions, celery and bell pepper – you get so much flavor when you sauté these veggies.
  • Then you have the creole seasoning, garlic and jalapeño for an added kick!
  • I love to change it up with which sausage I use. I love both Andouille and smoked sausage. Both taste amazing in this recipe.
  • Using fire roasted tomatoes and some hot sauce really takes it over the top
Overhead shot of two bowl of healthy jambalaya.

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Instant Pot Healthy Jambalaya

This Instant Pot Healthy Jambalaya, tastes like it was simmering on the stove top all day. It is true comfort food made healthy. 
4.85 from 38 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 6 servings
Calories 437 kcal


  • 1 Tbls Ghee
  • 1.5 lbs Raw Shrimp Peeled & Deveined; Tail On
  • 14 oz Kielbasa or andouille* sliced
  • 1 cup Yellow Onion diced
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 2 stalks Celery diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded & diced
  • 2 Tbls Creole Seasoning divided
  • 14.5 oz Can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Cauliflower Rice frozen
  • 1 Tbls Parsley
  • 2 dashes Hot Sauce Franks Red Hot (optional)
  • 1 Tbls Avocado Oil


  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add in the ghee
    Once it is melted add in the shrimp and 1 Tbls of the creole seasoning. Cook for 3-5 minutes until just turns pink and remove from the pot, set aside for later
  • Then add in 1 Tbls of avocado oil and add in the bell peppers, onions, celery, garlic, remaining creole seasoning and jalaepeno
    Let cook for 2 minutes and add in the sliced kielbasa, fire roasted tomatoes, and broth
    Put on the lid, seal the steam valve and set on high pressure for 5 minutes
  • Once the timer goes off, do a quick release of the steam and remove the lid
    Stir in the cooked shrimp and frozen cauliflower rice
    Top with fresh herbs and add in some hot sauce if desired


Calories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 35gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 338mgSodium: 1670mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1878IUVitamin C: 99mgCalcium: 229mgIron: 5mg
Keyword clean eating, gluten free, instant pot, low carb, paleo, whole30
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely LOVED this meal! It will be made again…and again!
    It’s most definitely husband approved!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi. Made the dish last night. Followed your recipe to the “t” with one minor cooking change. I dumped the frozen cauliflower rice in the instant pot once I sauteed the non-shrimp ingredients and then added the fire roasted tomatoes. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Perfect portions. Full of flavor. Looking forward to flipping through your other recipes.

    1. Do you have a preferred brand of creole seasoning? I have never used it before and looks like different brands have different ingredient lists

  3. 5 stars
    Being from New Orleans, I was definitely attracted to this recipe! And girl, you did good!! So tasty!!!! I can’t wait to try some more of you recipes!!!

  4. Making this tomorrow and I’m so excited! I was looking over the directions to prep stuff ahead of time and noticed you have a jalapeño in the directions but not in the ingredient list since I didn’t buy one. I’m sure it will be fine without but just wanted to mention it. Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you for catching that Ashley! It will still be delicious, just add a little more hot sauce for more heat if you like. I hope you love it!

  5. I love this recipe I made it even without using the instant pot and it’s amazing! But i’m definitely looking into purchasing one soon.

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