Microwave jambalaya

Microwave jambalaya

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins - 45 mins


Serves 4
Try this superhealthy, traditionally spicy recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal537
  • fat16g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs87g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.94g
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  • 400g can chopped tomato with garlic



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 canful of easy-cook rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 chorizo or other spicy sausages, about 200g/8oz, skinned and chunkily chopped



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 2 handfuls of frozen sweetcorn kernels or a 198g can, drained


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • a large sprinkling of Cajun seasoning

To serve

  • a small handful of parsley, chopped (optional)



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 142ml tub soured cream


  1. Tip the tomatoes into a large microwavable bowl. Fill the empty can with rice and tip it into the bowl, then fill the can with water and pour it in. Stir in the pepper, chorizo, sweetcorn, Cajun seasoning and some salt and pepper to season.

  2. Cover the bowl with cling film and pierce a couple of holes in it with a knife. Microwave the rice for 10 minutes at 750W. Tear off the cling film and give everything a really good stir, then return the uncovered bowl to the microwave for another 12-15 minutes until the rice is done.

  3. Take the bowl out of the microwave, cover it with a plate and leave to stand for 5 minutes before stirring in the parsley, if you are using it. Serve the jambalaya straight from the bowl, with the soured cream to spoon over it.

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Comments (25)

bigsis2012's picture

Lovely recipe. We're having our kitchen refurbished and were getting fed up of microwave meals - this did the trick. I added a finely chopped onion and a chicken stock cube and also some cooked spicy chicken. We really enjoyed it.

pippachoc's picture

5 STARS....Can't find them to tick.
I'm such a snob! Having to seek alternative cooking methods from my beloved Aga during an extension, I looked at the microwave as a last resort. Then came across this recipe and it is quite simply laughably easy, quick and tasty! Realising I had used toms without the garlic I stirred in a couple of teaspoons of Harissa at the end which was lovely. But then realised I had missed out the Cajun which I had remembered to buy.....so I'll have to try it again! Looking forward to it!

willow_tree's picture

Chorizo + sour cream = "superhealthy"??

poisonivy73's picture

This is a lifesaver during our kitchen renovation. We made this pretty much according to the instructions, but added a packet of cooked, peeled prawns about 2 minutes before the end. Delicious.

zobiewan's picture

This recipe is fantastic and a real lifesaver as my cooker and kettle have both recently blown up! Waiting for the delivery of a new cooker meant I was faced with feeding nine people out of a microwave! Rather than force feed my family cardboard ready meals or take away overload (both of which would've cost a fortune) I very luckily came across this recipe. A perfect allrounder from one to 39 years and various ages inbetween. Have made it again in the microwave even since having my new cooker as it is so time saving and just as nutricious and delicious, it deserves high praise indeed!

monkadelic's picture

Also, some spring onions sliced on the diagonal stirred in once it has stood for a couple of minutes works very well. They're usually chucked in at the very beginning for traditional jambalayas anyway, so by using them here you're merely keeping it real.

monkadelic's picture

Very nice. One point to underline is that when it comes to the chorizo, really do keep it chunky. If the sausage is effectively quartered at first, I'd say keep the chunks about 2cm wide.

Just in case anyone else is planning on halving the recipe as I did, I'll say about 8 minutes with the cling film on, then 4 minutes, stir, 4 minutes.

Mind you, I was also using an 800w mike ...

suedebloke's picture

Really nice worked like a dream! Added more cajun as it wasnt spicy enough for me would be nice with a measurement for the spice!

lor1982's picture

Really good recipe. Have made this time and time again.

tina83's picture

Have made this recipe again and again! Lovely quick and easy meal! :-)

nina120972's picture

A family fav, hubby would eat this most nights if i let him.

sandraleeben's picture

Firm favorite. I like to add a generous sprinkle of paprika and only heat the peppers for 10 minutes cause otherwise the become lifeless. And I don't heat the corn at all, simply stir it in at the end. The sausage I heat through separately to make it crisp and then stir it in with corn. Absolutely lovely:)

janehastings's picture

delicious! my friend 808 suggested i add some chilli flakes too to give some extra soice and was really yummy mmmmmmm

foodfocus's picture

very very tastey and so easy to do. Have cooked it twice now, second time with cajiun pre flavoured roasted chicken, mushrooms, peas and ramiro pepper. Have already passed the recipe on.

nina120972's picture

this dish is a regular in our house, really easy to make, and tastes great too.

shalashaska's picture

Very quick and easy, I was surprised it's so satisfying too. Great on a cold night.

katsmyth's picture

delicious! i fried the chorizo first though so it was nice and crispy

podpaws's picture

Fabulous! Replaced one chorizo with a skinned chicken breast. My husband loved it and he's not keen on rice dishes.

shimasue's picture

Fantastic taste, however didn't use the meat added some extra peppers and it was delicious and the Artichoke and Lemon Salad was a perfect compliment to this dish.

gemconyard's picture

Love this one, really easy to prepare and cooks itself. Have never cooked a whole meal like this in the microwave but was really impressed.


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