Microwave jambalaya

Microwave jambalaya

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(19 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


  • 400g can chopped tomatoes 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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14th May, 2020
This is a really good quick dinner recipe even though you may be tempted to dismiss it as it is cooked in the microwave. We like it served with a green salad.
6th Oct, 2015
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.
10th Mar, 2015
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!
23rd Nov, 2013
Chorizo + sour cream = "superhealthy"??
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28th Oct, 2012
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.
14th Sep, 2012
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!
24th Jul, 2012
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.
24th Jul, 2012
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 ...
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4th Mar, 2011
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!
23rd Aug, 2010
Really good recipe. Have made this time and time again.


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