Healthier Pressure Cooker Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of our staple recipes. It is always in our menu rotation and I have been making it so much that I made some tweaks to it to make it both healthier and easier to do. I know Jambalaya is usually made with sausage, chicken and shrimp but I just go the easy route and just use sausage. To make it healthier I use brown rice instead of white rice and turkey kielbasa instead of andouille sausage. I have also made it easier by throwing everything into my pressure cooker and setting and forgetting it.

The first thing I do is turn on the browning feature of my electric pressure cooker and then slice the kielbasa. I add a little bit of olive oil and then add the sausage to brown. While the sausage is browning I dice some celery, onion and green pepper. Then I take out the kielbasa and add the vegetables to soften. After that I added brown rice, spices and mixed it in and let the rice toast up for a couple seconds. Then I added the spices, chicken stock and a can of diced tomatoes. I added back the kielbasa, covered the pressure cooker and set it on high pressure for 25 minutes. After the minutes are up I let the pressure naturally escape for 20 minutes.

Healthier Pressure Cooker Jambalaya
  • 1 package of turkey kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  1. Turn on the brown setting of an electric pressure cooker and add the olive oil. Add the kielbasa and cook stirring around until it is browned. Take out the kielbasa, add the vegetables and cook until softened. 
  2. Add the rice and toast it for about a minute and stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Carefully mix in the kielbasa, cover and set it to high pressure for 25 minutes. 
  3. Let pressure naturally escape for 20 minutes. Fluff up the rice and enjoy!


  1. We don't eat sausage or shrimp in our house, but I think this would be ok with just the chicken :)

  2. mmmmmmmm looks really good. I'm going to have to try this. YUM

  3. This is perfect because I don't eat seafood, so I love your version. I can't wait to try it.

  4. This looks like something my family would love. I've never tried a pressure cooker though.

  5. This makes me wish I had never gotten rid of my pressure cooker--of course mine was not electric. This looks really good and is sure to fill all hungry tummies.

  6. I've been thinking about purchasing a pressure cooker. Now I really want one after seeing your jambalaya!

  7. This looks so good! I need to use my pressure cooker more!

  8. That is a nice looking jambalaya. I have never used a pressure cooker. I'd love to try one though.

  9. YUM! This is making me want to plan a NOLA trip!

  10. That looks really good. I only ever make pot roast in my pressure cooker.

  11. omg that looks amazing! I have to try this out!!!

  12. YUM! I don't have a pressure cooker - but it looks like a recipe I want to eat right now!

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