Every one of the ingredients used in this grilled spin on a Louisiana favorite is awesome with some charred flavor. Plus, using a grill cuts down on the cleanup for this Cajun jambalaya recipe. Even the rice gets some smokiness from grilled tomatoes. Also known as the Holy Trinity, the combo of bell pepper, onion and celery (which here we swapped for celery seed) is used to flavor Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and this jambalaya. No skewers? Use a grill basket instead.

Adam Dolge
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2020


Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add water and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until tender, 40 to 45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, thread sausage, shrimp, bell pepper, onion and okra on separate skewers. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon celery seed and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Grill the skewers and tomato halves, turning frequently, until the shrimp are opaque and the sausage and vegetables are slightly charred, about 5 minutes for the shrimp and sausage and 5 to 10 minutes for the vegetables. Remove the shrimp, sausage and vegetables from the skewers and transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm.

  • Chop the tomato and stir into the cooked rice along with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon each celery seed and pepper. Spread the rice on a serving platter and top with the shrimp, sausage and vegetables. Sprinkle with scallions, if desired.


Equipment: 5 metal skewers

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; protein 26.8g 54% DV; carbohydrates 53.7g 17% DV; dietary fiber 6g 24% DV; sugars 4.3g; fat 19g 29% DV; saturated fat 4.1g 20% DV; cholesterol 127.5mg 43% DV; vitamin a iu 877.7IU 18% DV; vitamin c 44mg 73% DV; folate 73.6mcg 18% DV; calcium 112.5mg 11% DV; iron 1.9mg 11% DV; magnesium 119.8mg 43% DV; potassium 562mg 16% DV; sodium 747.3mg 30% DV.