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. NOTE: All meat, seafood and vegetables (except tomatoes) should be cooked properly before adding into prepared jambalaya

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.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

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

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