Olivia Manning's Ultimate Jambalaya Bar

Take gameday festivities to a whole new level with Olivia Manning’s Ultimate Jambalaya Bar recipe. Mix in sautéed onions, green pepper, and meat of your choice to put everyone in a winning mood. Feeding a crowd? Double up the recipe.

Serves: Makes 6 servings.
5 mins Prep time 30 mins Cook time
5 mins Prep time
30 mins Cook time
  • Mix water and Rice Mix in large saucepan until well blended. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed and rice is tender

  • Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving and adding in choices of meat, seafood and vegetables. <i>NOTE: All meat, seafood and vegetables (except tomatoes) should be cooked properly before adding into prepared jambalaya</i>

Cooking tip

Use meat such as smoked sausage, thinly sliced or cubed chicken or cubed ham or peeled and deveined shrimp, cut into bite-size pieces. Or use Vegetables of your choice: bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini or fresh chopped tomatoes.

Test Kitchen Tips:
• If using shrimp, add shrimp to rice mixture during last 5 minutes of cooking.
• If milder or spicier Jambalaya is desired, try Zatarain's® Mild Jambalaya Mix or Zatarain's® Spicy Jambalaya Mix.

For richer flavor: Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil with the water.

Microwave Directions: Mix 2 1/2 cups hot water, Rice Mix, 1 pound meat of your choice and 1 tbsp. vegetable oil (optional) in 2 1/2-quart microwavable bowl until well blended. Cover. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes. Stir. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 18 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Let stand in microwave 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.
Note: Microwave ovens vary; cooking times may need to be adjusted. Cooking times are based on an 1100 watt microwave oven.
Caution: Bowl and contents will be very hot. Use pot holders when removing from microwave.

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Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • Calories: 382Cholesterol: 47mg
  • Sodium: 1045mgProtein: 13g
  • Total Fat: 22gFiber: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g

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