Jambalaya is classic American comfort food that originated in Louisiana hundreds of years ago and was influenced by Spanish, French, and African cuisine. It’s traditionally made with sausage, some other meat, onion, celery, green bell pepper, vegetables, rice, and various seasonings. Here are 8 savory plant-based jambalaya recipes that are easy to make and very satisfying!
1. Jambalaya with Sausage
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This Jambalaya with Sausage by Dominique Ebra is a meatless twist to a Cajun favorite! The spicy flavors meld together with rice and beans for a great one-pot meal. Beans, rice, and vegan sausage take center stage in this hearty vegan jambalaya. Traditional Cajun comfort food can dish out as much or as little heat as you’d like. For an added kick, use vegan Cajun sausage and even fire-roasted tomatoes.
This protein-packed vegan Jambalaya by Sarah Ottino is perfect for a chilly fall or winter day! It’s very filling and will keep you satisfied for hours. It contains 3 different kinds of vegan mock meats to closely mimic traditional jambalaya. This recipe also has beans, mushrooms, and baby corn to pack in some veggies.
3. Mix-and-Match Jambalaya
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This Mix-and-Match Jambalaya by Kathy Hester is an easy dish to make for a dinner party, and it’s filling to boot. You can mix and match the proteins to your preference or use what you have on hand. I like to use Italian sausage and chicken-flavored seitan, but you can use tempeh, tofu, or even red beans as the center attraction if you want. You can use white jasmine rice, but any rice will work. Brown rice will require a little more cooking time, but it adds tons of nutrients.
4. Jambalaya Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
A plant-based take on jambalaya, one of the most popular dishes in Cajun cuisine. Meat-free sausage and a blend of vegetables are cooked in a savory blend of cayenne pepper, paprika, and thyme. Roasted spaghetti squash takes the place of rice, making this Jambalaya Stuffed Spaghetti Squash by Kathryn Pfeffer-Scanlan lower in carbs than the classic.
5. Super Spicy Jambalaya
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This Super Spicy Jambalaya by Robin is one of those flexible, one-pot dishes that are perfect for cold weekday nights. This meat-free jambalaya brings in the heat. Its combination of jalapeño, hot sauce, chili powder, and cayenne pepper will set your lips ablaze and keep your belly warm. Try adding in your favorite plant protein, like tofu, tempeh, or textured vegetable protein.
6. Smoky Jambalaya With Mushroom Jerky
This Smoky Jambalaya With Mushroom Jerky by Sasha Gill may take a little time, but it is well worth it. The day-long marinade on the mushrooms gives you the most delicious vegan bacon you’ve ever had and the savory jambalaya is a bonus. You’re going to impress whoever you share this delicacy of a dish with.
7. Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Jambalaya
This Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Jambalaya by Natalie Tamara is going to have everybody asking for a second helping. Jackfruit, cauliflower, rice, and lots of bold spices are all added to a slow cooker and hours later, you get to come home to a delicious meal with all the work done for you. Perfect!
8. Black Bean Jambalaya
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Jambalaya is a spicy rice dish of Louisiana Creole origin. This Black Bean Jambalaya by Robin is everything that you crave in that — spicy, savory, and warming. A mix of spices brings a depth of flavor, while textured vegetable protein works with the rice to keep you full and satisfied.
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