Are you wondering what to serve with jambalaya? Here are more than 30 tasty sides for jambalaya that will round out this delicious dish!
Jambalaya is a flavorful and spicy Creole rice dish that originated in the United States.
It’s a one pot meal filled with rice, Cajun spices, peppers, sausage, chicken, and seafood.
I make a mild version with only sausage for my family and it’s one of our favorite dinners!
Many agree that jambalaya is hearty and filling enough to stand on it’s own, but if you’re looking for something to serve with the meal, I’ve got 31 delicious sides for jambalaya that will leave everyone full and happy.
What is traditionally served with Jambalaya?
Since Jambalaya is already loaded with starchy rice, spicy flavors, and protein, the best sides are those that are fresh, green, and crunchy.
Think things like roasted vegetables, fresh fruit, or collard greens.
However, it’s a pretty even split on whether jambalaya should be served with bread or not since it’s adding a starch to an already starchy dish.
I’ll let you be the judge on that one!
Speaking of starches, the most common side dish for jambalaya is cornbread, believe it or not!
Cornbread is a staple in Southern cooking, which is where jambalaya originated, so the two go together hand in hand.
You can serve sweet or savory cornbread depending on the flavors of your jambalaya. Cornbread is perfect for soaking up any broth from the dish or you can crumble a little on top.
Cornbread is a regular side dish for jambalaya in our home, so here are several variations for you to try:
Buttermilk cornbread muffins are the perfect addition to your next pot of jambalaya. Tender, moist, and flavorful, these cornbread muffins are easy to make from scratch in your own kitchen.
Cast iron skillet cornbread is moist, crumbly, and perfect served with some butter and a drizzle of honey!
Easy Mexican Cornbread features cheddar cheese, bell pepper and green onions combined with the convenience of creamed corn makes it quick and simple to make. It is the perfect accompaniment to jambalaya.
Cheddar Sage Cornbread is a great sweet and savory twist on the classic cornbread. This recipe uses fresh corn, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh sage for a mouthwatering flavor in every bite.
Crawfish Jalapeno Cornbread is spicy, delicious, and a great cornbread to complete a meal with jambalaya.
Savory Cornbread Pudding combines honey cornbread with jalapeno, white cheddar and buttermilk. This comforting dish is slightly spicy and is the perfect addition to your dinner.
Southern cornbread salad is dressed with a tasty ranch-style sour cream mayo dressing. You can use leftover cornbread to make this salad, or bake a fresh batch.
This rustic gluten-free cornbread is vegan and top 8 allergy-free. Baked right in your grandma’s seasoned cast iron skillet, this cornbread recipe will bring back all the comfort and good feels!
This paleo cornbread recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. It’s perfect with jambalaya.
10. Vegan Cornbread
This Southern cornbread is made vegan without compromising on the taste. It’s moist, not too sweet, and requires just one bowl to make.
These Mini Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffin Bites are vegan, allergy-free, and only 7 ingredients! These mini muffins are buttery, slightly sweet, great for kids, and will be your go-to recipe for easy corn muffins.
Since jambalaya is so hearty and filling, green vegetables are the perfect side to brighten up your dinner.
Plus, they’ll add some nice color contrast to the red tomatoes and meat in the jambalaya.
12. Air Fryer Okra
Air Fryer Fried Okra is a crispy and delicious jambalaya side. If you’ve been hesitant to try this unique vegetable, then this quick and easy recipe is for you! It’s also suitable for Gluten Free diets.
13. Roasted Jicama
This is an easy recipe for roasted jicama with green beans that bakes up on a sheet pan. It’s a great paleo friendly recipe seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and herbs.
14. Creamed Spinach
This easy, low carb, keto creamed spinach recipe with cream cheese needs just a few common ingredients and is done in 15 minutes.
15. Broccoli Salad
Broccoli salad is a flavorful mix of broccoli, bacon, cheese, and onion play off the savory brown spicy mustard, dried dill, and vinegar.
These Spicy Zucchini Chips are a great way to use up all of your garden fresh zucchinis. But be prepared…they’ve got a bit of a kick!
This is a healthier take on the traditional favorite Southern side dish, Instant Pot Collard Greens! It is packed full of soul food flavor and ready in half the time of the stovetop method.
Cajun Roasted Okra is quick and easy to make, has lots of flavor, and is super healthy. Okra is a great vegetable to add to your jambalaya meal.
These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are perfectly crispy on the outside, tender, soft on the inside, and so easy to make! Learn how to cook Brussels Sprouts in the air fryer and enjoy this perfect side dish with your jambalaya.
String Bean Casserole with Candied Bacon is a unique twist on a classic. Easy baked candied bacon added to creamy, tender green bean casserole that can even be prepped ahead.
Even though they won’t add the same color contrast, orange and yellow vegetables are still a fresh and crunchy side option for your jambalaya.
Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob with Seasoned Butter is a fresh and flavorful side dish. Corn cobs are roasted in their husks, then coated in a lightly seasoned butter.
These simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples are the perfect jambalaya side dish. You only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and naturally sweet recipe that is the perfect compliment to the spicy rice dish.
This chili roasted cauliflower is a delicious and easy side dish made with a whole cauliflower cut into small florets and seasoned with paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder along with a tablespoon of hot sauce.
Instant Pot Cajun Corn on the Cob is buttery, spicy, and delicious. The corn is full of bold and mouth-watering flavors and isn’t your ordinary corn on the cob recipe!
If you love gooey, cheesy goodness, you’re in for a treat. Extra bonus points for the fact that you’ll get a good dose of veggies with this quick and easy Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.
This Honey Butter Skillet Corn features two kinds of canned corn in a creamy honey butter sauce. It’s a quick and simple side dish that your whole family will love!
Here are several other tasty sides for jambalaya that didn’t fit into other three categories.
This Cornmeal and Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits recipe requires no kneading or rolling. They are the easiest Cheddar Biscuits made from scratch!
28. Hush Puppies
Making hush puppies is easier than you think. These mini fried balls of cornmeal dough can seriously make a meal.
29. Roasted Eggplant
This simple roasted eggplant recipe is flavorful, easy to make, and makes one of the very best low-carb side dishes. The eggplant is perfectly caramelized and tender, not mushy.
30. Crab Balls
These crispy Crab Balls are stuffed full of crab meat and fried to a golden brown perfection.
These Air Fryer Hush Puppies are gluten-free, vegan, and don’t need oil or deep-frying! Simple balls of cornmeal batter with a crispy outside and fluffy inside, this easy hush puppy recipe can be whipped up in just 10 minutes with no fuss.
A recipe for perfectly crispy Cheesy Grits Fritters with a quick Cajun Marinara Dipping Sauce. So addictive and fun to eat!
I hope you found some great ideas for sides for jambalaya in this post!
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