Spice up your night with some easy keto jambalaya! It has juicy shrimp, sausage, chopped veggies, and cauliflower rice - all covered in a spicy sauce!
Whenever I am deep into my keto diet, I sometimes get huge cravings for heavy rice-based dishes like mushroom risotto or jambalaya- today's recipe!
Just looking at these pictures makes my mouth water. If only you could smell it! You don't need carbs or sugar when you cook with bell pepper and spices.
This keto version of traditional jambalaya has so much flavor that it tastes like the authentic thing.
I like to make spicy dishes like this one when it is cold outside. As it simmers on the stove, the entire kitchen smells like spice and peppers.
One bowl of this low-carb shrimp and andouille sausage jambalaya will warm you up from the inside out!
Why you’ll love it
You will love this taste of the deep south!
Jambalaya was created in southern Louisiana, and this recipe tastes just like the classic dish.
The biggest difference is that I used cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice. But, it still has the same spicy cajun seasoning and zesty andouille sausage.
Now, there are a lot of different ways to make it. My favorite is to just simmer it on the stovetop in a large dutch oven. You can also make it in a slow cooker, and I'll share those instructions later on!
This healthy jambalaya recipe is about to become your go-to one-pot meal. It's one of my family's favorite keto recipes!
There are four basic parts to this simple keto jambalaya recipe. First, there are the spices and aromatics, then the protein, the veggies, and finally, the cauliflower rice.
The keto jambalaya ingredients are pretty simple and easy to find in the grocery store.
Spices and aromatics
I used my favorite aromatics: garlic, onion, and bell peppers. I also added some celery!
For the spices, I used oregano, basil, and Cajun seasoning. Use more spices in this jambalaya if you want. Try some cayenne pepper for an added kick.
Traditional jambalaya is made with shrimp and andouille sausage, so that is what I used. Both types of protein are low in carbs and high in protein.
For a heartier dish, I suggest using jumbo shrimp! Make sure the sausage has no sugar added.
To make the recipe even easier, I just used a can of diced tomatoes. Use either regular or no salt added varieties.
The cauliflower rice is a very important ingredient. You can either make your own or use a bag of pre-made rice.
If you are going to use frozen cauliflower rice, I suggest steaming it and then draining it really well before adding it to the dutch oven pot!
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use an instant read food thermometer. It can be difficult to tell if shrimp is fully cooked, so I like to check the internal temperature. Shrimp should be cooked to a temperature of 145°F.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Taste the jambalaya first because it might not need very much salt added to it.
- Garnish with parsley. This fresh herb adds a touch of sweet earthiness to it.
- Add in chicken. If you want to add in another protein or swap out one of the ingredients listed, try adding in some boneless skinless chicken thighs!
Learning how to make keto jambalaya is so easy. If you know how to make any kind of skillet recipe, then you can make this.
Saute the aromatics
In a large skillet, saute the onions, peppers, and celery in some olive oil until they are all softened.
Add shrimp and sausage
Stir in the shrimp and sliced sausage, and keep sauteing them until the shrimp are completely cooked.
Stir in tomatoes and spices
Next, add the tomatoes and all the spices to the skillet. Keep cooking them at low heat, stirring occasionally until they are really well combined.
Add cauliflower rice
Finally, add the cauliflower rice to the skillet, cover it all and let it simmer until the cauliflower rice is softened.
Then, don't forget to garnish your low-carb jambalaya with some fresh parsley. You can even add green onions on top if you want!
️ Serving suggestions
Keto jambalaya is a classic southern recipe, so serve it with some of your favorite southern side dishes!
This recipe for southern green beans with bacon have 4 grams net carbs and is one of my favorite side dishes. The bacon is the perfect thing with the green beans!
You can also never go wrong with cornbread. This low-carb cornbread dressing tastes like classic bread, but it is made with almond flour instead of corn.
If you are planning on serving a lot of people at a dinner party, then make some pulled pork cauliflower mac and cheese. This is another one of my southern healthy recipes that everyone loves.
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make low-carb keto jambalaya.
I like to saute the ingredients before I add them to the crockpot. This locks in the flavors! Then, put all the ingredients in the pot and let it cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-4 hours.
Store this keto jambalaya in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It tastes the best when it is fresh and hot on the stove.
Yes, you can certainly make this spicier! The easiest way to add some heat to it is to sprinkle your favorite hot sauce on top. You can also add in some shopped hot peppers as well.
If you want this to be more of a soup or stew, just add some chicken broth or chicken stock. It adds a lot of flavor and tastes the best with the rest of the ingredients.
Yes! Chicken is a common ingredient in this easy weeknight dinner. In fact, chicken and shrimp taste amazing together.
Shred up a rotisserie chicken, add chopped chicken breast, or use chopped chicken thighs.
If you enjoyed this keto jambalaya recipe, here are some more low-carb one-pan meals that you can make in a skillet, crockpot, or Instant Pot. They are some of my favorite keto dinner ideas.
- Chinese Salt And Pepper Chicken is a fun takeout alternative that only has 4 grams net carbs per serving.
- Keto Eggplant Parmesan will feed your entire family and is a really cheesy and delicious casserole.
- Ground Beef Cabbage Stir Fry is really easy to make and almost tastes like the inside of an egg roll.
- Easy Thai Chicken Salad is another way to use cabbage - it is filling and extremely flavorful.
- Easy Ground Beef and Squash Skillet is so easy you almost don't need the recipe.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ medium onion chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- ⅔ cup chopped celery
- 3 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 pound Andouille sausage sliced
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes canned
- 4 cups cauliflower rice
- salt and pepper to taste
- chopped parsley for garnish
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Saute the onions, peppers and celery until softened.
- Mix in the shrimp and sausage, and saute until the shrimp is cooked through.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, oregano, basil and cajun seasoning. Stir to combine well.
- Add in the cauliflower rice.
- Cover, and simmer until the rice is softened.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, and parsley for garnish before serving.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 414 [carbohydrates] => 14 [protein] => 29 [fat] => 28 [saturated_fat] => 8 [polyunsaturated_fat] => 4 [monounsaturated_fat] => 13 [trans_fat] => 1 [cholesterol] => 159 [sodium] => 1344 [potassium] => 930 [fiber] => 5 [sugar] => 5 [vitamin_a] => 2081 [vitamin_c] => 85 [calcium] => 138 [iron] => 4 )
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Jamalaya is one of my favorite flavorful comfort foods, so thanks for providing a Keto version. It takes me back to the years when we lived in the South, and it's so satisfying. I always feel full and nourished after this meal.
The cauliflower rice is just as good as regular rice which is a nice surprise!