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Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps for #SundaySupper

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps are a fun and tasty way to enjoy Jambalaya. Build your own with assorted vegetable and herb toppings.

It’s Mardi Gras celebration time! Yep, a full two weeks before Fat Tuesday is filled with parades, festivities, beverages, and food. The largest celebration in the US is in New Orleans. I am thrilled to be a part of bringing it around the family table with Zatarain’s and Sunday Supper tastemakers. What did I bring to the virtual party? Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps for a healthy and tasty meal.

First a little back story. Years ago, back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I worked for a food broker. One day I was given a new account to admin and it was Zatarain’s. I looked at the product list and saw Dirty Rice and Jambalaya. I never heard of those before. So I had to try them and was hooked. Zatarain’s is the first time I ever had Jambalaya. It is how I was introduced to Creole and Cajun cuisine.

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Fast forward to now. You can see why I’m thrilled to celebrate Mardi Gras with Zatarain’s. One thing I found years ago is how easy and fast it is to make Jambalaya with their mixes. It’s done in about 30 minutes. Plus they encourage add-ins and toppings to customize it to your own taste. Toppings is what inspired my Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps. Oh, the possibilities! Make a lettuce wrap bar and everyone gets to make their own.

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps are a fun and tasty way to enjoy Jambalaya. Build your own with assorted vegetable and herb toppings.

Where to start with Jambalaya? Use one of Zatarain’s Original, Mild, and Reduced Sodium mixes or Creole Seasonings. I chose Reduced Sodium because I’m always watching my salt intake with having high blood pressure. I added in andouille sausage and shrimp for traditional flavors plus trying to keep the sodium level down (all sausage could be too high in sodium). My suggested toppings are tomatoes, onion, jalapeño or bell pepper, carrots, parsley or cilantro, and hot sauce. Gather your ingredients to make meal prep go quickly. Cut the sausage first. Grab a new board to chop toppings while jambalaya is simmering. Peel and devein shrimp too if needed.

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps Ingredients | Magnolia Days

A little more on Jambalaya: It’s considered by some to be New Orleans’ version of paella (Spanish rice dish) with a fusion of French, Italian, and African flavors. I think of it as a great representation of US “melting pot” cuisine and something to enjoy while celebrating Mardi Gras or any time of the year.

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps | Magnolia Days

Zatarain's LogoDid you know Zatarain’s has been in business for 125 years? It’s true! You can follow them and keep up with the latest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and their website. There’s also the Sunday Supper Zatarain’s Jambalaya Pinterest Board for recipes and inspiration for their mixes and Creole seasonings.

Also for your Mardi Gras celebration: Take a look at my Muffuletta Skewers for an appetizer and either Bourbon Walnut Pound Cake (nod to Bourbon Street) or Fat Man’s Pie (nod to Fat Tuesday) for dessert.

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps | Magnolia Days
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Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps are a fun and tasty way to enjoy Jambalaya. Build your own with assorted vegetable and herb toppings.
Course Main
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Renee Dobbs


For the jambalaya:

  • 1 package Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 pound small or medium-size raw shrimp peeled and deveined

For the lettuce wraps:

  • 2 heads Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves separated

Assorted topping suggestions:

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño peppers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • Roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Hot sauce


For the jambalaya:

  1. Add mix, broth, and oil to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine. Add sausage and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and stir to combine. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer jambalaya to a serving bowl.

For the lettuce wraps:

  1. Have jambalaya, lettuce leaves, and assorted toppings in separate bowls for everyone to make their own wraps.

Recipe Notes

Jambalaya Lettuce Wraps are a fun and tasty way to enjoy Jambalaya. Build your own with assorted vegetable and herb toppings.

Are you ready for a tasty celebration? Take a look at these Mardi Gras Jambalaya recipes made with Zatarain’s Mix or Creole Seasonings by Sunday Supper tastemakers:

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Recipe Rating


Thursday 11th of February 2016

These are going onto the dinner rotation! I love Lettuce Wraps! Gorgeous photos Renee!

Lisa (Panning The Globe)

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Such a lovely and delicious-looking recipe Renee, and a great way to lighten up jambalaya!

Cynthia L

Monday 8th of February 2016

What a great twist on Jambalaya. I will have to remember this and try it. I can see this as a great summer recipe too!

Renee@Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday 8th of February 2016

I have to admit, using Zatarains mixes was my first introduction to cajun cooking at home as well. I've been to NOLA several times since then and I never tire of the wonderful cuisine. I'd love to attend Mardi Gras sometime! These wraps are a perfect way to celebrate!


Monday 8th of February 2016

I love that you made lettuce wraps! They look absolutely delicious!