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A pot of cooked jambalaya.

Pork Jambalaya, A Traditional Cajun Dish

This Cajun dish is made of tender chunks of pork, smoked sausage, white rice, and flavored with spicy Cajun seasonings.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds Boston butt pork roast, cut up in bite-size cubes
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced in 1/2" rounds (beef, pork, or chicken)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, 1 large onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper, 1 medium bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery, 2 tall celery ribs
  • 2 cups raw white rice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, like Slap Ya Mama
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion tails, about 4


  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or heavy pot over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Add the pork and sausage to the oil and brown the meat for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Pour 2 cups of water into the pot and let simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered and stirring often until the water is gone and the meat is tender and browned some more.
  4. Stir into the pot the onions, bell pepper, and celery with the meat and cook for 10 minutes until vegetables have softened, stirring often.
  5. Add the rice, broth, water, and seasonings, stirring to combine, and bring them to a boil. 
  6. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and slowly simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked. 
  7. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.


  • Check often to make sure rice isn't scorching at the bottom of the pot; you may need to reduce the heat and add more water, a little at a time; you don't want a soupy jambalaya.
  • Make this Pink Cajun Seasoning Blend for this and other recipes.
  • Pork can be substituted with beef, chicken, and seafood such as shrimp or crawfish.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Keywords: jambalaya, pork jambalaya, cajun rice dish

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