Instant Pot Jambalaya (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot Jambalaya is a new cajun inspired meal, cleaned up with lower carb cauliflower rice and Whole30 compliant sausage! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 443 kcal
Author Justin + Erica Winn | Real Simple Good


  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained (14.5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, riced (about 6 cups cauli rice)
  • 12 oz andouille (or other pre-cooked) sausage, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices (about 4 large links) See blog post for some W30 compliant options
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • diced green onion or parsley (optional topping)

For the seasoning:

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt omit if using a salty chicken broth and just taste and add salt at the end
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme


  1. First, prep all ingredients as noted. Prepare seasoning mix by add all of the seasonings to a small bowl and mixing well.

  2. Press the sauté button on the instant pot and add ghee. Once hot, add in the chicken pieces, onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is mostly cooked through and the onions and peppers start to soften, about 7-8 minutes. Press cancel on the instant pot.

  3. Add the chicken stock and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. 

  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the instant pot. Pour the seasoning mix over everything and give it a quick stir with a spoon. 

  5. Secure the lid on the instant pot and close the pressure valve. Press the "manual" button (or "pressure cook" button) and set the time to cook for 3 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.

  6. Remove the lid from the instant pot. Give the contents a stir to mix. Taste and season with any additional salt and pepper as desired. Ladle into bowls for serving. Top with optional garnish if desired and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Jambalaya (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 42g84%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.