Creole Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya

This easy-cooking take on a New Orleans classic is brimming with bold ingredients like turkey sausage, cayenne pepper and okra – the okra isn’t traditional, but it adds a definitive Cajun touch.
Creole Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya recipe

Creole Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya

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  • 6Servings


  • 1 28-oz BPA-free can unsalted diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 12 oz all-natural spicy turkey sausage, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 each large green and red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 oz frozen raw deveined peeled medium shrimp
  • 1 cup frozen long-grain brown rice
  • 1 12-oz bag frozen sliced okra, optional
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • hot sauce, optional


1. Make jambalaya mixture: In a large zip-top freezer bag or freezer-safe glass container, combine tomatoes, sausage, celery, onion, bell peppers, garlic, oregano, thyme, cayenne and bay leaves. Press out as much air as possible, seal and freeze for up to 2 months.

2. To cook, remove jambalaya mixture, shrimp, rice and okra (if using) from freezer and let stand in the refrigerator for 24 hours, or until fully thawed. Transfer jambalaya mixture to a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or on low for 8 hours.

3. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add thawed shrimp, rice and okra (if using); cook until shrimp is pink and opaque, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. To serve, divide jambalaya among bowls; sprinkle with parsley. Serve with hot sauce (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 212
  • Carbohydrate Content: 20 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 102 mg
  • Fat Content: 6 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 914 mg
  • Sugar Content: 9 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 1.5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 1 g
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Slow Cooker