Thursday, 9 February 2012

Easy One Pot Microwave Jambalaya

This microwave cooking business is finally starting to come together, which is sort of a shame as in a weeks time I shall return to normal life (i.e. life with a an oven, hob and grill). I may still use this recipe in normal life though as it's super quick and easy and contains stuff that I usually have knocking around anyway!

This recipe makes 4 portions for the average, health-conscious person, I recommend a salad on the side though. Alternatively 2 portions wouldn't be too much for people with slightly larger appetites. I usually split the recipe below in two because half the ingredients fit perfectly into my medium sized pyrex bowl. You'll need a big bowl to get it all in if you do the whole lot (and may have to add on a bit of cooking time).


  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tinful easy cook/long grain rice
  • 1 tinful water
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • A hefty sprinkling of cajun seasoning (I make up a batch of 2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1tsp onion powder and 1tsp oregano)
  • Two handfuls of mixed frozen veg (pick one that doesn't have any big chunky vegetables)
  • 75-100g of sliced chorizo/pepperoni or similar, chopped

  1. Pour the tomatoes into a large, microwaveable bowl. Fill the empty tin with rice and tip this into the bowl. Fill the tin with water and add this in as well. Don't try to be clever and change the order or you'll end up with a tin coated in rice, trust me.
  2. Chuck in all the other ingredients and give it a good stir.
  3. Cover the bowl in cling film and pierce a couple of holes. 
  4. Pop in the microwave for 5-6 minutes, stir, recover, and put back in for another 5-6 minutes.
  5. Remove the cling film, give it another thorough stir and place the uncovered bowl back in the microwave for around 10 more minutes. You know it's ready when all the water has been soaked up but it's still nice and moist. 
  6. Fluff it all up with a fork and voila! Easy Jambalaya!

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