Prawn jambalaya

Prawn jambalaya

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(48 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 2

This nourishing jambalaya is a winning recipe. It's low-fat, low-calorie, and provides 4 of your 5-a-day - plus it's all made in one pan so less washing up!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal396
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre9g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 celery sticks, sliced
  • 100g wholegrain basmati rice
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 yellow pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 150g pack small prawns, thawed if frozen
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley



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


  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan. Add the onion and celery, and fry for 5 mins to soften. Add the rice and spices, and pour in the tomatoes with just under 1 can of water. Stir in the bouillon powder, pepper, garlic and thyme.

  2. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 30 mins until the rice is tender and almost all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the prawns and parsley, cook briefly to heat through, then serve.

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Frantic Flapjack
2nd Mar, 2020
This cooked up well. I used a fresh chilli instead of the chilli powder. It was quite spicy so served with natural yogurt on the side.
11th Jan, 2020
Excellent dish. One of our regulars now
10th Jul, 2019
Made this twice now and both times we've loved it. I swap the fennel and chilli powder for smoked paprika and blackened cajun spice mix. I added spinach the second time which works great and I find half a tin of water plenty. A great healthier alternative to my usual jambalaya.
2nd Feb, 2019
Could do with a bit more flavour but was a healthy and easy meal to make.
12th Jan, 2019
This is a really nice dish but it is quite spicy. We like the heat in it, but if you are cooking it for young children or you’re not a fan of hot flavoured food, you might want to adjust the spices. I used raw king prawns which I stirrred in for the last five minutes. I also substituted the feVery tasty!
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Philip David
17th Nov, 2018
skipped the fennel and coriander and added some fresh chilli to make it . bit more authentic, super quick and easy to make though, probably would add a touch of lemon to make the flavours pop and although it detracts from being healthy a bit of chorizo would probably make this more of a crowd pleaser. Still a great and simple recipe!
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20th Oct, 2018
Very easy and quick also in the one pot so brilliant for the washing up. Extremely tasty too. I did add some raw king prawns and cooked them throigh before adding the small prawns which just added to the texture
10th Jul, 2018
Tasty and filling. The fennel is a little strong, paprika might be better but we like fennel so we’re ok with it. I couldn’t finish the portion and we had leftovers for lunch. Will make again and tweak a bit with lemon juice at the end and maybe chorizo.
11th Jun, 2018
Make this regularly. I also add a bag of spinach at the end which increases it to 5 of my 5 a day.
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Olwen Cross
22nd Apr, 2018
Loved this dish. I will most certainly make it again.


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