Hawaiian Jambalaya Recipe

I must forewarn you… this post will make you hungry.

Do you ever have busy evenings where you don’t see the end in sight?  Say…you get home from picking up the kids, after school activities and the grocery; realize you need to put everything away, do a load of laundry because your kids don’t have clean uniforms and still have to feed the family.  Then, you look at the clock and realize “O.M.G. It’s late, I need to get kids in the bath, make dinner, finish homework and get them to bed before it’s too late!!”

That’s exactly what goes through my head four out of five nights a week.  Seriously.  While I have a general plan for what to make for dinner; some nights I don’t anticipate last minute we-are-out-of-milk stops or staying at the park much later than I’d like.

For this very reason, I have a fully stocked freezer full of make-ahead-meals, vegetables, meat… all that.  However, sometimes I don’t even have time to defrost dinner and I want something that will please everyone instead of becoming a short order cook.

Last night, was one of those evenings.  I went to the grocery store, came home, put everything away and prepped meals for the week.  By the time I needed to make dinner I was exhausted.

Good thing that my friends at Zatarain’s shipped me some frozen New Orleans style meals to get me out of my pinch!  Since I play around with recipes -all the time- last night was no different.  I bought two pineapples for $3 and I knew I had to put them to use!

Hawaiian Jambalaya was the product of my creativity.  Man-o-man!  The dish was as sweet, spicy, and juicy as they come!  And because I promised to make you hungry by the end of the post… I will share my recipe… step by step.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, sliced and cut into pieces + 1 bag Zatarain’s Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya frozen dinner for two.

Step 1: peel & cut pineapple


Step 2: cut pineapple slices into bite size chunks


Step 3: Add both ingredients inside a pan


Step 4: saute over medium-high heat for 10 min. Stir occasionally. See the pineapple juices? Yummm


Step 5: After 10-12 min, serve and enjoy!

It's time to jazz up your dinner... don't you think?


Disclosure: As a Zatarain’s brand ambassador I have the opportunity to sample, review, and promote some delicious products.  While it is a compensated opportunity, all opinions stated are my own.  Proof: go buy the ingredients for this delicious meal and try it out yourself.  Go ahead, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought!

14 thoughts on “Hawaiian Jambalaya Recipe”

  1. Isabel says:

    YUM !!! Hope you will make it for me!!!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      yes 🙂

  2. BusyDad says:

    You’re right. I am hungry. And I just ate a huge bowl of homemade Mac n Cheese.

  3. Hi — U were right! I am officially VERY hungry. This looks d-lish!!!!! Gotta make it! You’re soooo good! I LOVE PINEAPPLE so this is right up my alley!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      this is the perfect meal for you!!! quick and easy girl!

  4. I love love love adding pineapple to jambalaya! SOOOO good. <3 So glad you linked this!

  5. Myrna says:

    What a delicious idea! I’m going to have to do that, so quick, easy and delish!

  6. Kristen says:

    This is something I never ever would have thought to do, but now that I see it it seems so completely natural. What a great idea! Beautiful, tasty looking meal.

  7. Mmm love the savory and sweet combo…great idea!

  8. Robin Mincey says:

    Do they have shrimp jambalaya? How do you think that would taste???

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Robin, you can always add shrimp! Here in New Orleans we mix up the jambalaya with seafood and sausage. weird, i know but it’s delicious. I would suggest you get a plain box of Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, add 1lb of shrimp, smoked sausage, and then the pineapple. If you want to get crazy adventurous add some crasisns… oh yeah. it’s that good.

  9. marie says:

    So does this only serve 2?

  10. marie says:

    So I have to first admit that while being enticed by a lot of your receipes, I don’t think I’ve made one yet. But I’ve gotten the impression that they are healthy ones.

    This recipe sounded easy and yummy. I took a quick online to see if I could find more about the Zatarain’s Jambalaya. I stumbled across an ingredient list for the product. I would not buy this product! Biggest think is the artificial flavors.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Marie, I completely understand. I no longer purchase this product (this is an old post). You can, however, make your own jambalaya and mix it with pineapple….

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