Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

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Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe a spicy jambalaya is paired with quinoa in this recipe for an added punch of protein. This recipe retains all the flavors of traditional jambalaya in an updated way.

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

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Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe is a great, comfort food recipe. It’s spicy, flavorful, and comforting. Plus, it’s very simple to make, the hardest part is allowing it to simmer for a few hours. Now, you can cut down on the simmer time, but it does get better the longer it simmers. It’s just one of those recipes.

Substituting quinoa in recipes for rice or pasta is a great way to pack extra protein into your diet. I follow the package directions for cooking the quinoa, except I cook it 3 to 4 minutes longer than suggested.

Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It’s light, fluffy and is a great substitute for rice and pasta in recipes.

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

This Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe is spicy, filling and nutritious. You can prepare it stove-top or easily in the slow cooker.

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya Quinoa Recipe

Spicy jambalaya is paired with quinoa in this recipe for an added punch of protein.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked medium fresh shrimp
  • 1 lb cooked and peeled crawfish tails
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon garlic clove
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 14.5 oz can tomatoes diced
  • 10 oz can tomatoes and green chiles
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 bay left
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked


  • Peel shrimp and devein; set aside
  • Peel crawfish, or drain if frozen; set aside.
  • Chop onion, green pepper, green onion and celery.
  • Melt butter in a large sauce pan that has a lid or a Dutch oven. Add chopped vegetables and garlic. Saute' over med-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour, cook stirring constantly, 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomatoes with green chiles, tomato paste and water. Add bay leaf, basil, thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper and red pepper to pan.
  • Stir and turn to simmer.
  • Simmer 4 hours. Add crawfish and shrimp and cook 30 minutes, check shrimp. Check at 30 minutes. If shrimp are pink, it's ready. Cook longer, but keep an eye on it until shrimp are cooked. When cooked shrimp will form a 'C', if shrimp are a complete 'O' they're overcooked.
  • Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  • To serve, spoon 3/4 cup quinoa into a bowl, top with cup of jambalaya. Enjoy!


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Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 2254mg | Potassium: 2271mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 3559IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 9mg
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    1. Yes, I used large shrimp and literally simmered, very low temp, very very low temp. You could turn up the heat and not cook them that long.

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