If you love Cajun recipes like our Dutch oven gumbo, you need to try this jambalaya! This easy camping recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook, and it goes great with our jalapeño cornbread recipe. This delicious recipe can feed six people during your next camping adventure. To prepare this Jambalaya recipe, you will need the following ingredients.
- 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1 can of diced tomatoes and its juice
- 1 cup of raw white rice
- ½ teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
- 1 cup of chopped celery
- ½ cup of chopped red bell pepper
- ½ cup of chopped green bell pepper
- ½ large onion, chopped
- ½ pound of smoked sausage, sliced
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Jambalaya Recipe Cooking Instructions
Step 1: To begin, heat the olive oil in your Dutch oven over medium heat. During this time, you can slowly pour in the slices of sausage while stirring the oil. Cook for up to 2 minutes.
Step 2: Next, add the celery, bell pepper, and onion. Season the mixture with both Cajun seasoning and salt. Stir while the vegetables cook until soft. This should take between 6 to 8 minutes.
Step 3: Slowly add the rice as you continue to stir the mixture. Add the tomatoes and its juice, followed by thyme leaves, bay leaves, chicken broth, and garlic. Let it cook for another 20 minutes to simmer.
Step 4: After 20 minutes, add the shrimp as you continue to stir, and allow cooking for another 10 minutes. Do not cover the pot during this period. After 10 minutes, the shrimp should be pink, especially in the middle.
Step 5: Remove the pot from heat. Allow 5 minutes to continue cooking, then discard the bay leaves before serving.
Now that the recipe is complete, try it before experimenting with your own version.
Tips for Cooking with a Dutch Oven
Dutch ovens are popular for their ability to retain heat, which expends less energy. A Dutch oven’s ovenproof lid retains moisture and prevents drying over a long period of cooking time. However, the results from a Dutch oven depend on how you use it. Here are some tips to help you make the best of your Dutch oven.
If you are using the oven for the first time, season it beforehand by coating it with vegetable oil and bake for up to 45 minutes. This makes it easier to clean after each meal. A Dutch oven takes about an hour to cook a meal effectively, so it is necessary to start your campfire about a half-hour before you plan to cook. Start cooking early to avoid cleanup in the dark.
The oven can also keep food cold that require refrigeration if you forget to bring along a camping cooler. Fill the Dutch oven with ice water and leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes. Pour the water out and dry the pot. Once these steps are complete, you can add your cold food items.
More Great Recipes
We have a lot of camping recipes and have gone through our fair share of good and bad ones over the years. If you need food that is a bit more mild than Cajun food, try our tried-and-true Dutch oven lasagna or bacon-cheese breakfast quiche. Camping chili is also a big hit during my camping trips, and Dutch oven cheesecake is a staple that I can’t go camping without.