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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Jambalaya

Pressure cooker jambalaya never been easier! Using sausage with a bit of a kick you can easily throw this all together and dinner is done in just 20 minutes. Make this one pot meal in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express.

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I found this amazing sausage and fresh bell peppers at the store and I immediately thought I’d try pressure cooker jambalaya! Packed with flavor, and a little spicy, we hope your family enjoys this one pot meal too. Added to our long list of easy Instant Pot recipes for you to enjoy. Special thanks goes out to Albertsons for sponsoring this post. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Jambalaya

There are so many fresh and bold flavors in this meal. You can use any type of cased sausage you like. Kielbasa works but a spicy Italian sausage is just killer. Want it mild, no problem just use any type you want and keep the heat down.

Don’t have an IP, you can make this as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe too. As long as your machine has the high pressure function it will come out amazing. A mixture of fluffy rice, bell peppers, tomatoes and all the things….I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Jambalaya

If you use this pot, the lid that is not attached will be used with the pressure cook button. When I think of this dish I think of the time I spent in Louisiana. We used the most amazing hatch chili sausages found at the new Albertsons here in Meridian, Idaho. Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe them. You’ll just have to taste some yourself! 

You’ll want to start with 2-3 uncooked sausage links like you see here. You can find a huge variety at this store. You’re even able to have them create custom sausage links with any variety of meats you’d like! If you live in the area you truly will be amazed when you walk inside, sausage is just one of their specialties.

You could add diced chicken in there too if you wanted a few different meats. Add together with both about the same size, bite size in nature.

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Pressure Cooker Jambalaya with Chicken and Sausage

There are a lot of variations you can make to this one pot meal for sure. You can see here we used raw sausages but kielbasa pre cooked would work as well. Either way you will want all meats to be cut into bite size pieces. At the beginning you’ll saute it all just to brown the outsides. It will continue cooking later with the rice.


  1. Electric pressure cooker
    1. I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot if you have an Instant Pot
    2. You can definitely use your Crock Pot Express or Ninja Foodi too
  2. Olive oil
  3. Sausage links or kielbasa
    1. Could substitute diced chicken breasts if you preferred
  4. Beef broth
  5. Rice – uncooked long grain white rice
    1. I have not used brown rice and cooking time would vary.
  6. Diced tomatoes
  7. Spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce – we prefer spaghetti sauce (just a bit)
  8. Bell peppers
  9. Onion and garlic could be added too
  10. Tons of seasoning, thyme, etc

Cajun seasoning could be added for extra heat if desired. You could alternatively add dry Sriracha, red pepper flakes or chili powder for a spicy nature.

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Cajun Jambalaya in Ninja Foodi

Half a green AND yellow bell pepper were what we used. It is up to you whether you’d like to use a variety of colors or just one. I personally like lots of color in dishes so this was my preference. You can snack on the other halves while you’re cooking too. 😉

A mixture of chicken and sausage could be used if you wanted, I would just stick with the same weight or there may not be enough liquid to pressure cook correctly. Here’s a peek at what we grabbed.

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Instant Pot Jambalaya with Sausage

To start making Instant Pot jambalaya you’re going to set your pot to saute. Add olive oil, your sliced sausage, or add chicken at this point with your diced veggies.  Cook until browned and outsides are no longer pink. At this point the diced bell peppers and onions will have softened.

How long to pressure cook jambalaya?

It will take 12 minutes once it reaches pressure which takes about 15 or so. In the end leave about 30 minutes to make the whole thing. I add many of my spices during this cooking process too so everything is nicely coated. Your pressure cooker jambalaya is going to start smelling amazing at this point!

  • Turn your pot off and deglaze your pot using a bit of your broth
    • Meaning, scrape stuck on meat off the bottom of your pot
  • Pour in remaining ingredients EXCEPT for your rice.
  • Stir contents together and then sprinkle your rice on to the top.
  • Gently submerge your uncooked white rice into the liquid so it is under the surface
    • In the video I stir it in and has worked fine for me but a few (who don’t have the non stick pot) have said the burn notice has appeared on their pot so I suggest this method for everyone just in case.
  • Close lid and steam valve and press your rice button
    • If you don’t have this button set to high pressure for 11 minutes
  • Allow steam to naturally release for 2 minutes when done so rice puffs up using residual heat in pot.
  • Then release pressure that is left, called a quick release

Then use a large serving spoon or a fork and fluff it all up together and get ready for goodness.

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What is the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?

Jambalaya is more like paella in a way. It’s really a super flavorful rice dish. Gumbo is usually a thickened stew or soup of sorts, typically using chicken and sausage or seafood, mainly shrimp. They’re both great and I suggest you give them each a whirl. 

Do you cook rice before adding to jambalaya?

I guess it depends what recipe you’re using and what your preference is. Personally I love one pot meals, thus ours has everything cooked together all at once. Yes you could cook this separately. Just use our white rice recipe and then make this, this minus that ingredient.

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How to make shrimp pressure cooker jambalaya

Let’s talk about other types of proteins you could add beyond what we used here. I mean Instant Pot shrimp is one of our faves. I have steamed them alone in this same pot so I know it works well but they only need 1 minute so you might want to just fold those in at the end and set the top on for 5 minutes to get pink.

  • I haven’t done that yet but I imagine you could. I wouldn’t add much more than the equivalent of 3 sausage links or you may need more liquid.
  • Next time I plan to make this with sausage and shrimp. I will half the sausage and add 1 cup of frozen mini shrimp which I think would work well. I’ll add details when I do this.
  • Choose any style sausage links you like. Just be prepared for the heat if choosing a spicy variety.
Pressure Cooker Jambalaya

Do you need a jambalaya side dish to go with this? Personally I say no. But if you really must I would pair our black eyed peas recipe which can also be made in a pressure cooker. As is I’d say this pressure cooker jambalaya is a perfectly complete meal all unto itself though.

Other Instant Pot Sauage Recipes You’ll Love

Once you’ve tried this you should try our simple:

  1. Pressure cooker sausage and peppers meal is great
    1. We have a ton of other Instant Pot sausage recipes here too
  2. Air fryer sausage and potatoes rocks! 
  3. Our Instant Pot sausage and rice is cheesy goodness on a fork

Instructions work for either Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Mealthy or Crock Pot Express machines. Great gluten free jambalaya recipe if you’re looking for that!

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Pressure Cooker Jambalaya

Pressure cooker jambalaya is easy in Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi! With sausage or kielbasa and a bit of a spicy kick you can easily throw this all together and dinner is done in just 20 minutes. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, instant pot, jambalaya, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, sausage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 288kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Add olive oil, sliced sausage, diced onion and bell peppers as well as minced garlic and cayenne pepper into your pot. Set pot to saute and cook until outside of sausage pieces are cooked. Then turn pot off.
  • Add garlic powder, onion powder, basil and thyme and stir together so everything is well coated.
  • Pour in can of diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, beef broth and salt. Stir together, then sprinkle uncooked rice on top and gently push into liquid so it is submerged. Do not stir as it may cause the burn message to occur on your pot.
  • Close lid and steam valve and press rice button (will auto set to 12 minutes). If you don't have a rice button set to high pressure for 11 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes, then do a quick release, stir and serve!


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Jambalaya
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 729mg32%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 37.5mg45%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Hi! I found this recipe this past fall and it has become a family favorite! Unfortunately, the coronavirus craze is making it really hard to find meat around here. Could I use chicken or shrimp instead of sausage and if so, how would that effect the cook time?

The Typical Mom

Friday 3rd of April 2020

You'd need the same cook time for the rice to get tender. With chicken I would dice and put on the bottom with other ingredients on top. For small/med. shrimp I might cook, then when done set on top of rice and put lid back on for 5-10 minutes to allow them to steam on the top. Those don't take long to cook


Saturday 21st of March 2020

Just made this amid the corona virus stay-at-home. Delicious! I used 1/4 tsp of cayenne, just enough spice and didn't have a can of tomatoes so used a little more sauce. I have to keep myself from eating the whole batch!!! Thank you for the recipe

The Typical Mom

Saturday 21st of March 2020

Yay sounds great

Bill Krieger

Monday 13th of January 2020

OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICKS DEPT. When I turned 70 this year, I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook... but since I didn't know anything (since my college days) … I wanted to make life easy for myself. So I got the 3 qt Instant Pot. I've used it three times. first to do the water test. second to make hard boiled eggs (because that seemed idiot proof,) And last night I went all in an jambalaya.

Well, it went great -- and it didn't go so well. The great part was I sauted the sausage and onions etc. I had never sauted anything before and the IP made it a breeze.

The not so good part was when I added the rice and tomato sauce and spices. I hit the Rice button and waited, and waited, and waited. My IP never seemed to pressurize. After it went to ON it soon went to warm. Then I switched over to Manual and did High Pressure for 11 minutes. Again it began well but went to warm. Then I got the dreaded BURNT message. I cancelled, vented (though nothing vented) and opened the IP. Everything was boiling, and smelled really good. I scooped out the food and it was delicious, but I had a very burnt pot. So I went on YouTube and saw a video on how to clean a burnt pot, which turned out to be super easy.

I think the recipe might have been for a 6 qt IP and my 3 qt couldn't handle it. If anyone can tell me what else I did wrong, please do so. Meanwhile, the food was absolutely delicious.

Phil Brown

Monday 11th of May 2020

Just checking. Did you forget to switch the pressure relief valve to pressure on the lid? I have forgotten to do that a couple of times. That would explain a couple of things. First, that it didn't pressurize. And second, why it burnt. If you don't turn the pressure release to pressure it will still heat and try but it will vent the steam out the valve and use all the water.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Yes this was made in a 6 qt. For all 3 qt users I suggest cutting all recipes you find in half. I am sure that is what the issue was, too full and couldn't handle it.


Sunday 17th of November 2019

Made this once and it turned out great! Have you ever doubled the recipe? I’m making it for a family gathering and I need to double. Hoping that it will work well. Oh and I add shrimp at the end! I cook it in a frying pan with some spices and toss it into the jambalaya at the end. Amazing!

Julie P.

Sunday 15th of September 2019

This was my first real Instant Pot recipe. I was a little nervous considering some of the reviewers had problems. I followed the recipe exactly and I have to say, it turned out fantastic. I didn’t have a non-stick pot but nothing stuck and the rice was perfect. I will definitely be making this one again.

The Typical Mom

Monday 16th of September 2019

Yay!! So glad you loved it!

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