Copycat Zatarain’s Jambalaya

I don’t cook with very many store-bought mixes any more, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss mixes such as Zatarain’s jambalaya. Not only quick and easy to make, Zatarain’s was yummy! So I had to make this copycat Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, and I found it to be just like the original! Thick, and a bit spicy, with smoked sausage and shrimp, it’ll warm your belly!

Copycat Zatarain's Jambalaya

This mix also makes a great gift. Just put the mix in a jar and attach a little note on how to make the jambalaya. I’ve uploaded a Microsoft Word Document containing the instructions here. The document is set up to print on Avery Personal Creations Textured Postcards, number 3380.

Note: The recipe below makes 3 batches of 4 servings each.

Also try my dirty rice and andouille sausage.

Copycat Zatarain’s Jambalaya

Course Main
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 batches of 4 servings
Author Mike


For the spice mix (makes 3 batches!)

For the jambalaya (makes 1 batch!)

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jar spice mix from above
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 pound smoked sausage cut into rounds
  • 1 pound 22-24 count shrimp peeled and deveined


For the spice mix

  • Combine all ingredients and divide into 3 jars.
  • Seal and add printed instructions if giving as a gift.
  • Store up to 6 months.

For the jambalya

  • Bring the water to boil in a large sauce pan.
  • Add the bell pepper and the spice mix and stir.
  • Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15-25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  • In another saucepan,combine the tomato sauce and sausage. Stir in the shrimp and cook until they turn pink.
  • Combine both pans and mix well. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of water and stir.

Nutritional values are approximate.