Sheet Pan Jambalaya

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Calling all big flavor / easy dinner / sheet pan meal lovers!

I have some good news coming your way in the form of sausage, peppers, onions, shrimp, and… wait for it… cauliflower rice!

This isn’t just your average pan of roasted yummies, though. It takes the form of a surprisingly satisfying riceless sheet pan jambalaya with the addition of Cajun spice, melted butter, lemon juice squeezed over the whole thing, and a nice little sprinkling of parsley to make it table-ready.

I mean, for being extremely practical and easy, you have to admit: she really is a beauty.

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This isn’t my genius idea – our Minneapolis-based friend Charlotte of Clean Foodie Cravings wrote a cookbook called One-Pot Keto Cooking and this is just one of her many creative and fun low-carb recipes.

Personally, I’m not following a low-carb diet, I’ve never done keto, but I’m here to tell you, keto or not, this stuff is good. For all of us. Loaded with veggies, high in protein, and EASIER THAN EASY.

The kind of easy that works for even the most low-maintenance among us (ME).

I followed Charlotte’s Sheet Pan Jambalaya recipe to an almost perfect T, but this seems like the kind of recipe that can handle your personal preferences and substitutions. More or less sausage, seafood, spice, rice, or butter? Get after it. Make it your own. Charlotte’s gift to us is this recipe as a recipe, but also this recipe as a concept. One that deserves to be revisited and loved on week after week after week.

You and your hungry dinnertime self are going to love this recipe.

This is a recipe republished with permission from the cookbook One-Pot Keto Cooking (affiliate link) by Charlotte Smythe, maker of delicious food and mastermind behind the Clean Foodie Cravings blog. You can also follow Charlotte on Instagram! Jambalaya is a dish of West African, French, and Spanish influence and there are tons of variations out there depending on where in the world you might be eating it (you can read more here). This is not a traditional jambalaya recipe as it’s made with cauliflower rice in place of rice. But it’s super delicious!

Common Questions About This Sheet Pan Jambalaya

Can I use fresh cauliflower rice?

Yes! Fresh works well, too.

Is there a substitute for kielbasa sausage?

We’d suggest subbing andouille sausage instead.

How long can I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for 3-4 days.

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Sheet Pan Jambalaya


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Sheet Pan Jambalaya: maximum flavor, minimal dishes. Sausage, peppers, onions, shrimp, and cauliflower rice all roasted up on a sheet pan. Big flavor, easy dinner!


Ingredients

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  • 6 ounces kielbasa sausage, sliced (Charlotte recommends no-sugar-added)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (Charlotte recommends avocado oil but I don’t normally have that on hand, so I used olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bags frozen cauliflower rice (10 oz. each, 20 oz. total)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails on
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • fresh parsley, to garnish
  • lemon juice, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add the kielbasa sausage, onion, and bell pepper to a large sheet pan along with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Toss the vegetables and sausage to make sure they are well-coated. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the vegetables and sausage from the oven, add the tomato paste, and stir to thoroughly mix it in with the vegetables. Add the frozen cauliflower rice and remaining teaspoon of Cajun seasoning to the pan. Toss all the ingredients together until the are well-incorporated and return the pan to the oven. Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower rice is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Taste the jambalaya and season with salt and pepper. Add the raw shrimp on top of the jambalaya and drizzle the butter over the top.
  4. Return the pan to the oven and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through and pink. Garnish with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Equipment

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: jambalaya, sheet pan meal, cauliflower rice, keto meal, keto dinner, healthy dinner

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    Ashley

    I actually have all of these ingredients on hand! I didn’t meal prep yesterday so I know what I’m doing for dinner tonight

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    Sasha

    I can’t find frozen cauliflower rice, but I do have fresh. Do you think it will cook about the same? This recipe sounds so good and easy to make!






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      Krista Teigen

      Cauliflower rice made from fresh cauliflower should work just fine, Sasha!

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        Regina

        Please answer the amount of frozen cauliflower question, I shop at Costco and I know two bags would be wrong.

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          gayle

          my thought exactly – I have the huge 3lb bag of riced cauli from Costco in my freezer 🙂

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    Jeanelle

    I do not use tomato paste haven’t bought it in years what can I substitute for tomato paste cuz I do not like to waste anything after I use a portion of it?

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      Roberta Appleby

      I had stopped buying paste as well..hate waste..until I found that they sell paste in a tube..no more waste🥰

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      Hannah R

      I hate being wasteful as well. I’ve started freezing unused portions of tomato paste in 1 or 2 tablespoon portions. Works great! 🙂

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    Rose

    VERY good recipe base. I made this for a late lunch. Had a bunch of cauliflower in the fridge that was about to go bad, so I saved what I could and riced it in the food pro.
    Easy instructions/good video. I used Trader Joes meatless italian sausage (pescatarians) and added a splash of white wine with the tomato paste for flavor. Also added lemon zest/juice with the parsley at the end.
    I’ll be making this again for sure, but will probably use some frozen riced cauliflower to make it even quicker. And maybe add some leftover rice/quinoa for some heft.
    Super fun take on a recipe, and so much easier to do in the oven…I watched a show while this roasted 🙂
    Thanks for sharing – this got rave reviews and I will definitely make again!!






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      Krista Teigen

      That’s awesome, Rose! Thanks for giving the recipe a try and reporting back!

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    Thank you and others for keeping me inspired. I’m going live on YouTube soon and going to discuss all inds of things on my channel. I’ll gladly give Lindsay and PinchOfYum a shoutout and spread love the Brooklyn way in one of my near future YouTube videos. Thank you for being consistent with your food blogging. 🙂

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    kate

    Made this tonight sans shrimp and it was GREAT! First time I’ve had success with cauliflower rice tasting good. I think the seasoning is pretty mild and will add more cajun seasoning next time or a little chipotle. I wasn’t sure about the butter but am glad I added it despite not using shrimp- really rounded out the flavors! Make it, you’ll love it!

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    Molly

    Family said they were tired of chicken — then this popped up when I visited your site. Presto! Happy family with a new favorite! I used fresh cauliflower and processed it through a food processor using the grater attachment — perfect. Loved it. Thanks for this one!

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    Elizabeth A. Wehlage MD

    this looks wonderful. Can you specify the size of the bag of cauliflower rice? How many ounces? Thank you

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    LWF

    I made this tonight so easy and One pan is a plus.. My Husband loved it!
    Definitely will make this again.

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        Mia Craig

        Execellent recipe! I’m on strict keto so 12 crabs is pretty steep for me for one meal. However, this was worth it. I cooked the sausage, onion, and red pepper separately from the cauliflower to ensure the texture would be adequate for me. The addition of butter to finish off the dish was perfect! Thank you for a great substitute of the real thing. I’ll look forward to more recipes.






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    Poshlaw

    Amazing recipe! I used 2 Costco bags of cauliflower rice (the smaller bags within the big 3 lb bag) which was probably too much. I liked it, but 1 bag would’ve probably been a more appropriate ratio. I used tomato paste from a tube. Make sure to squeeze some lemon over it at the end! ( it’s in the notes but not the recipe)






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    Canders

    This was delicious and I even forgot the lemon at the end. If anyone else is veggie, I made it with vegetarian sausage and omitted shrimp and it still worked. My meat eating husband thoroughly enjoyed it, too. I made my own Cajun spice so it would be less hot (I’m a wimp), too.






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        Sarah

        So many questions on the size of the cauliflower rice bags- would be helpful to update the recipe with the correct amounts!

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    Melissa Zingle

    This was fantastic. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to use the entire thing of kielbasa, so initially I thought 4 bags of riced cauliflower would be too much. It wasn’t. Honestly this was the best riced cauliflower I’ve ever had! It was maybe too salty, but that’s my own user error. Definitely add the lemon at the end. Brings all the flavors together. I’ve tried three recipes from this blog, and they have all been winners (Instant Pot carrot soup, vegetarian chili and this one). All delicious. Keep the good and healthy recipes coming!






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    Elsa Curiel Iglesias

    This recipe is so good! A huge with even with my 2-year-old toddler 🙂






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      Krista Teigen

      We think this will work! We’d prepare the rice separately and add it to the veggies, sausage, and shrimp at the end. If you give it a try, we’d love to know how it goes!

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    KIM CHILDS

    I made this for dinner this week and invited guest to join last minute. Everyone loved it!! And so easy to prepare!! Cannot wait to make it again soon!!!






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    Melissa

    Silly question, sorry if you answer this often – but how do you get your sheet pan so clean? Is it just newer than mine?

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    jacqueline

    my family loved this! we had it with brown rice instead because i ran out of cauliflower rice. i also added cut corn off the cob. everyone was asking, “where’s this recipe from?”

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      Tina

      Was your brown rice cooker, parcooked, or frozen? I would like to make this with rice too.

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    stacey

    Made this tonight and husband and daughter gave it a 10! I do not usually care for cauliflower but this was delicious and I will make again! Made as written and it was a quick and very flavorful dinner. Thank you!