Have you been looking for the perfect jambalaya recipe that is sure to impress your family and friends? Look no further! This jambalaya recipe is packed with flavor and spices, making it a delicious and easy-to-make meal. We’ll explain the 12 spices used to make the perfect jambalaya every time, plus provide tips on how to get it just right. Let’s get cooking!

The 12 Spices Used in This Jambalaya Recipe

This jambalaya recipe uses the following spices:

  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Original Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons homemade Creole seasoning (see below for ingredients)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional), and salt to taste.

Homemade Creole Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

If you don’t have any Creole spice mix on hand or prefer to make your own at home, here are the ingredients needed:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano leaves (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves (dried)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (ground)
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper (ground), and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Simply mix these ingredients together and store seasoning blend in an airtight container until ready to use.


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, bell peppers and celery and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Then add the sausage slices and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rice, chicken broth, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme leaves, bay leaf, smoked paprika (optional) and black pepper (optional). Stir to combine.
  5. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover pot with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked through and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, season with salt to taste and serve hot. Enjoy!

Note: If you prefer your jambalaya spicier, add an extra teaspoon of cayenne pepper or your favorite chili powder! Alternatively, if you don’t like it too spicy, cut back on the amount of Cajun seasoning used.

Tips for Perfect Jambalaya Every Time

Now that we have our spice blend ready to go let’s talk about how to make the perfect jambalaya every time.

Here are some tips for getting it just right:

  1. Use quality sausage like Andouille sausage for maximum flavor
  2. Adjust heat levels by adding more or less cayenne pepper as desired
  3. Use a type of bell pepper with different colors for a variety of flavors
  4. Cook over medium high heat until vegetables are tender
  5. Add diced tomatoes when vegetables are almost done cooking
  6. Use olive oil instead of butter or other fats
  7. Stir often throughout cooking process
  8. Add more seasonings if needed
  9. Remove bay leaf before serving.


With this jambalaya recipe and helpful tips you can now make delicious jambalaya in your own kitchen. The spice blends used in this recipe give it a unique flavor profile that will have everyone asking for seconds or thirds! Plus with the ability to adjust heat levels as desired this meal can be tailored to suit anyone’s tastes. So what are you waiting for? Give this flavorful dish a try today!

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