Prawn jambalaya

Prawn jambalaya

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(53 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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Philip David's picture
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!
Cath.hutton's picture
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.
dave6376's picture
5th Feb, 2018
Way too spicy for my taste. The ground coriander obliterated the taste of anything else. I wonder if there is a mistake in the recipe and "tbsp" should be "tsp"? My wife managed to finish her portion. Mine went in the bin.
14th Oct, 2017
Excellent flavours, enjoyed the very subtle hint of fennel. Filling but not heavy. Will definitely go on my list of regulars.
14th Aug, 2017
This was a really easy and a tasty dinner. I omitted the fennel seeds as I wasn't sure fennel belonged in a jambalaya. I added a tsp of smoked paprika instead. It took more like 40 minutes for the rice to cook through not 30, but other than that this is a great recipe and I will be adding it to my regular dinner rotation!
1st Mar, 2017
This was very nice, but not wonderful, so only four stars. I made the mistake of not reading the recipe carefully; I forgot to cover the pan. As a result, the rice took ages to cook and I kept having to add water. My family weren't keen on the fennel seeds' aniseed flavour even though they do like "aniseed balls" sweets. I might leave the fennel seeds out next time I do it. Healthy, flavoursome meal worth repeating, made a nice change.
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Philip David
17th Nov, 2018
totally skipped the fennel, cause... fennel :P


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