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 copycat Zatarain’s Jambalaya 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
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Copycat Zatarain’s Jambalaya

I had to make this copycat Zatarain's jambalaya mix. I found it to be just like the original!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat, Creole, rice, sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 517kcal
Author Mike


For the spice mix (makes 3 batches!)

For the jambalaya (makes 1 batch!)

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ 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.


This recipe makes 3 batches of 4 servings each.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 2310mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.