If you’re wondering what to serve with jambalaya, then you have come to the right place!
Jambalaya is an incredibly flavorful dish that has many of my favorite ingredients.
This Louisiana classic is a Creole masterpiece that is made with rice, crawfish, Andouille sausages, chicken, bell peppers, sweet tomatoes, and celery.
This rich and spicy dish has various elements of Spanish, West African, and French cuisines and is truly a masterpiece.
Even though jambalaya is a pretty complete dish on its own, you can surely get a little creative and pair it with interesting side dishes that will enrich the dish even more!
There are so many varied options that you can explore when deciding what to serve with jambalaya.
If you want to learn what dishes will go well with the elaborate flavor profile of this savory dish, then this list of 30 yummy side dishes for jambalaya is for you!
You can pair various refreshing salads, corn dishes, veggies, and even seafood with jambalaya.
We love pairing it with Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread and Cajun Collard Greens With Bacon, but the recipe also blends perfectly with simple side pairings such as Grilled Eggplant and Mashed Potatoes.
Here are some of my absolute favorite side dishes that you must try with jambalaya:
Savory crepes make the most appetizing side dish that you can pair with jambalaya.
While it takes some time to prepare crepes, they are quite easy to make and require the most basic ingredients.
All you really need to make savory crepes are eggs, all-purpose flour, melted butter, sugar, and milk.
Also, for that delectable savory flavor, make sure to add thyme, garlic, and parsley into the mix!
Wondering what to serve with jambalaya? Look no further than cornbread! This buttery southern favorite goes oh-so-well with jambalaya that you’ll surely want to have it again and again!
You can prepare it with yellow, white, or blue cornmeal and keep it sweet or savory.
Also, if you want a cake-like texture for your cornbread, then go with finely ground cornmeal, but if you want a richer bread-like texture, then opt for coarse cornmeal.
Even though okra is notorious for its slimy texture, this veggie truly transforms into a delicious dish when it is breaded and deep-fried.
Although it takes some time to prepared fried okra, this dish goes exceptionally well with jambalaya.
Alternatively, you can chop and sauté okra in bacon grease and mix it with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and bacon.
Pour a generous amount of sweet vinegar dressing on the dish.
If you’re looking for some light and refreshing jambalaya sides, then nothing can beat a cucumber tomato salad!
It’s a delicious and colorful salad that you can make with readily available ingredients.
On top of tomatoes and cucumber, you can add other refreshing green veggies to the mix as well.
I like to prepare my cucumber tomato salad with onions, black olives, green bell peppers, and goat cheese.
This veggie has a lot going for it – it’s crunchy, versatile, and incredibly easy to work with! When using zucchini as a side dish for jambalaya, you can sauté, fry, and even have it raw.
To add a creative touch, you can even peel the zucchini to turn it into delightful ribbons.
It’s a refreshing veggie that will provide the perfect balance to the richness of jambalaya.
This is a classic Louisiana dish that you can make with corn, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
It’s pretty easy to make as well; all you have to do is sautéthe veggies and then add the corn, some spices of your choice, and some delicious broth for the umami flavor.
Let the veggies simmer until they are juicy and tender.
Don’t forget to drain the excess liquid so that you can serve your fancy corn maque choux as a salad.
You can also add some Dijon mustard, vinegar, and sugar to the dish to further enrich its flavor profile.
7. Swiss Chard
When having jambalaya, adding some greens to your menu is a great idea!
Swiss chard is quite simple to make; all you have to do is cook the chards in some olive oil, sliced garlic, and crushed red pepper.
You can also add some onions and vinegar into the mix to add a rich, caramelized, and tangy flavor to the dish.
Another jambalaya side is grilled oysters.
I simply love the bland buttery, sweet, and briny oyster flavor with the spicy and savory jambalaya flavors.
Don’t forget to prepare some remoulade sauce to go with the grilled oysters!
Corn on the cob is still quite a delight to eat. There is just something about it that is always novel and fun.
You can cook corn on the cob in many different ways.
In our article here, you will learn how to roast it on the grill or cook it on the stove top.
We even provide a bonus recipe for Elote.
I suggest that you grill it to be a perfect side dish to jambalaya.
That smoky grilled flavor will complement your dish perfectly.
Cheesy fluffy biscuits are the perfect side dish for jambalaya.
To make this recipe you will need some flour, milk, butter, butter and cheddar cheese.
A quick tip on making this recipe is to keep the butter and milk cold.
It is a bit unusual but it is one of the tricks to this copycat recipe.
You can prep these cauliflower steaks as a side for jambalaya in just a few minutes.
Then you can roast them in the oven while you switch out the laundry.
All that you do is cut the cauliflower into thick slices that are about 1-½” thick.
Mince your garlic.
Brush the steaks in the seasoning and then roast.
This is a hearty side dish for jambalaya that is bright, colorful, and tasty.
It also happens to be gluten-free, which is a nice bonus.
This salad is tossed in a honey dijon dressing so it is a bit sweet which will complement the spicy flavors in the jambalaya.
13. Corn Salad
Fresh roasted corn salad is a surprisingly delicious side dish for jambalaya.
It is jammed with such lovely flavors that include sweet corn, cucumber, tomato and onion.
The the salad is tossed with a lemon dressing.
You can roast the corn in a cast iron skillet to keep all of this simple and quick.
14. Hush Puppies
Making hush puppies at home can be quite intimidating but if you just follow the steps it is truly worth it.
This southern recipe makes hush puppies that are crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
The total cook time on this recipe is only 15 minutes.
These are a perfect side fo jambalaya.
15. Arugula Salad
The nuttly flavor of arugula complements the flavors of jambalaya quite well.
This is a go to side dish for us to serve with jambalaya.
To make this salad you only need arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and salt and pepper.
Yep, that is it.
16. Garlic Bread
If you’re looking for some bread to pair with jambalaya, you’ll love this Garlic Bread!
This timeless classic is slathered in cheesy, buttery goodness that will complement your Jambalaya well!
Serve up a batch and leave your guests wanting more!
Ingredients include: butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, french loaf, and parsley.
Versatile and ubiquitous, brussels sprouts are a worthy side for almost any cuisine!
It has an earthy flavor that will complement anything!
This recipe is one I’m sure you’ll love since it’s delicious, quick, and easy!
Ingredients include: rainbow chard, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and seasoning.
A flavor-packed dish that comes together in less than an hour?
This recipe transforms a bunch of collard greens into a delicious side.
The combination of bacon and Creole seasoning makes this vegetable-based dish deeply satisfying.
Ingredients include: bacon, collard greens, onion, Cajun seasoning, and garlic salt.
Simmered for hours, these delicious green beans simply melt in the mouth!
With a dollop of melted butter and a sprinkle of bacon bits, this dish evolves into the ultimate side dish!
Ingredients include: green beans, bacon, butter, Cajun seasoning, and onions.
Jumpstart your jambalaya feast with some of this cheesy crab dip!
It’s a perfect fit for the creole/cajun fare.
With an explosion of flavor from all the cheeses and crab and a boost from the jalapeno, it’s a great way to ready your tastebuds for some jambalaya!
Ingredients include: crab meat, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, dijon mustard, and onions.
Mexican Street Corn makes for a nice contrast between the sweetness of the corn and the savory flavor of the jambalaya!
It goes extra well together with Cajun seasoning since Mexican Street Corn was intended to be eaten with spicy things.
Give it a try; you’ll like it!
Ingredients include: sweet corn, tajin seasoning, mayonnaise, sour cream, and cotija cheese.
Creole black beans are a classic dish, hearty, and filling enough to be an entree!
We won’t do that, though!
Since its earthy flavor with creole accents will go with your jambalaya perfectly!
Pro tip: The recipe calls for rice; you can skip that since you already have jambalaya.
Ingredients include: black beans, onions, bell pepper, tomato sauce, and turkey sausage.
If you’re looking for something milder than #21, then this recipe for Jiffy corn casserole is for you!
Yummy and satisfying, it’s also so easy to make!
Ingredients include: jiffy cornbread mix, corn kernels, sour cream, butter, and kosher salt.
Too much of a good thing can also be bad, so if you find that garlic bread at #16 is a little too flavorful, you can have a basket of Classic Italian bread instead!
Warm, yummy bread with non of the bells and whistles, this is a more neutral choice of a side to serve with your jambalaya.
Ingredients include: flour, yeast, water, and olive oil.
Here we have a revered side dish and appetizer that’s graced the trays of many a cocktail party!
And it’s no exaggeration when I say they will go well with anything!
In this recipe, we have them topped off with bacon bits and cheddar cheese.
Ingredients include: eggs, white vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
Who knew that this classic TV dinner would go so well with creole cuisine?
Certainly not me.
But wow, it works!
This is an option to take if you’re in a rush and need something to go with your jambalaya!
Ingredients include: elbow macaroni, eggs, cheddar cheese, butter, and dijon mustard.
27. Grilled Eggplant
Eggplants are so underrated and under-appreciated.
But with just the right attention and love, they can be turned into virtual flavor bombs!
Ingredients include: eggplants, feta cheese, lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, and seasoning.
28. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are an interesting choice to serve with Jambalaya as they perfectly complement it by bringing a nice creamy texture and garlicky flavor to the meal as a whole.
Consider spicing up the gravy a bit to fit more into the creole theme!
Ingredients include: potatoes, milk, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.
29. Caesar Salad
Who could say no to fresh, crunchy romaine lettuce and that irresistible dressing?
No one that I know, that’s for sure!
It’s the kind of salad that usually pleases everyone.
Oh, and it goes really well with jambalaya.
Ingredients include: romaine lettuce, garlic, dijon mustard, bread, and parmesan cheese.
Our version of Caesar Salad (Dressing Recipe Included)
If you’re looking for something crunchy yet creamy to go with jambalaya, then this dish is for you!
This dish is made from fresh cucumber tossed in a tangy sour cream dressing.
It’s quick and easy to make!
Ingredients include: cucumber, red onion, sour cream, white vinegar, and garlic powder
Try this Easy German Cucumber Salad Recipe
The bottom line
Jambalaya is a delicious Louisiana classic that bursts with varied flavors.
If you’re wondering what to serve with jambalaya so that your meal becomes even more enjoyable, then you can surely try all of the aforementioned side dishes!
All of these dishes bring their unique flavors and textures, which add to the richness and spiciness of jambalaya!
- Savory Crepes
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Corn Maque Choux
- Swiss Chard
- Grilled Oysters
- Corn On The Cob
- Red Lobster Biscuits
- Cauliflower Steaks
- Sweet Potato Salad
- Corn Salad
- Hush Puppies
- Arugula Salad
- Garlic Bread
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Cajun Collard Greens With Bacon
- Southern Green Beans
- Hot Cheesy Crab Dip
- Mexican Street Corn
- Creole Instant Pot Black Beans
- Jiffy Corn Casserole
- Classic Italian Bread
- Bacon Deviled Eggs
- Creamy Macaroni And Cheese
- Grilled Eggplant
- Mashed Potatoes
- Caesar Salad
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Pick one or more options from our list of What To Serve With Jambalaya here!
- Start creating your new favorite side dish.
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