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May 1, 2013 03:33 PM

How to cook fresh Andouille and shrimp for jambalaya?

I love the Zatairan's Jambalaya rice mix but have never actually made it myself. I have fresh Andouille and shrimp but I'm not sure how to prepare the Andouille since I usually buy already cooked sausage. Can I dice it raw and cook or do they need to be cooked whole? When do you throw in the shrimp so that they don't over cook? Any advice would be great, thanks.

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  1. Hi,

    I usually start with the sausage and some other aromatics- onion, red bell pepper, get a little brown on them. Then add the spice pack, then the rice, then the liquid (water, sometimes a little beer)

    About 5 minutes before service, I toss the shrimp in to cook.

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    1. re: cheesemonger

      Great thanks. I planned for leftovers which might be tricky to reheat.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Reheat low and slow. I make this for the man so he can get his rice fix. I add a tiny bit of water (2T or so, depends on the serving size,) and put a lid on it on a very low stove so it steams. If you plan on microwaving I can't help ya, we don't have one.

      2. re: cheesemonger

        So i can slice the raw sausage first? or should I do that after?

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Cook the raw sausage whole, then slice. It'll slice easier that way.

      3. I don't think I've ever seen raw andouille. AFAIK the smoking process cooks it through. Like cheesemonger, I like to brown my diced or sliced sausage and reserve them, using some of the oil to saute my onions, peppers and celery. Shrimp gets added at the end to cook through.

        If you worry about overcooking the shrimp when reheating, you could reserve some raw shrimp to pan sear and add to your reheated jambalaya in the future.

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        1. re: JungMann

          Yea, usually it's cooked when I buy it too as it's been smoked. Perhaps I should take a second look but it definitely looked raw to me and was at the butcher counter with the other raw sausages. Thanks for the advice.

          Does anyone ever skip the rice and add extra veggies? I have a low carb visitor who would prefer that and imagine it would work.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            It's not jambalaya, but I make a low carb pasta dish with similar ingredients on occasion.

            1. re: JungMann

              Yea, definitely not a Jambalaya but I figured I could use the spice mixture still. Thanks for the link.

          2. re: JungMann

            One can get or make raw Andouille. I have never seen it packaged, but if you got it at the butcher counter, maybe it's raw.

            If it's raw, then it is probably not smoked.

            I saw a recipe that used carrots instead of rice. What about low carb orzo?

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