Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  294
  • Protein  20 g
  • Carbohydrates  31 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  137 mg
  • Sodium  186 mg
  • Potassium  300 mg
  • Phosphorus  197 mg
  • Calcium  65 mg
  • Fiber  0.8 g


Tonight you can bring that New Orleans Creole-style flavor to your dinner table. DaVita dietitian Brittney shows you how to “spice things up” with her delicious kidney-friendly recipe for Jambalaya.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Brittney from Louisiana.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1 cup


    • 2 cups onion
    • 1 cup bell pepper
    • 2  garlic cloves
    • 2 cups converted white rice, uncooked
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    •  8 ounces canned low-sodium tomato sauce
    • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
    • 2 pounds raw shrimp
    • 1/2 cup margarine


    1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
    2. Chop onion, bell pepper and garlic. Peel shrimp.
    3. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except margarine.
    4. Pour into a 9” x 13” baking dish and spread out evenly.
    5. Slice margarine and place over top of ingredients.
    6. Cover with a lid or foil.
    7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Uncle Ben's® converted white rice is a popular brand. Converted rice, also know as parboiled rice, is steamed before it is husked. As a result the kernals absorb nutrients from the husk and the rice cooks more quickly.
    • 1 stick of butter or margarine is equal to 1/2 cup.
    • For variation, try substituting cooked cubed chicken for shrimp.

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BarbaraML says:


Sausage: Your local butcher or grocery store's meat department may be able to make homestyle sausage as you request.....without salt and with whatever seasonings you want.

Jan. 18, 2014, 7:41 AM - Inappropriate review?


stefaniebarber says:


What kind of sausage can I add to this? Dietitian comment: If you want to keep it kidney-friendly try one of the sausage recipes from DaVita. Turkey Sausage and Mexican Chorizo Sausage would work well. If you buy a prepared sausage compare brands/types and look for the lowest sodium sausage without phosphate additives.

Aug. 23, 2013, 11:04 AM - Inappropriate review?


MGD2Lite says:


OK...I used to have a FAVORITE recipe on Davita, but it has been BLOWN AWAY by the Jambalaya! I did make a few tweeks based on reviews that this was sorta bland...Paul Prudhomme, the famous chef from NOLA has a line of spices, and he has a Cajun MAJIC that is sodium free, also, no added potassium chloride either...It comes in a blue can...It cost me $4.95 here in Texas...First I cut the recipe in HALF ( I don't need 3 quarts of Jambalaya to eat....honestly people!) and my recipe STILL filled the 9x13 pan...I added one stalk of celery, a tablespoon of the majic' and a few shakes of cayenne pepper as well as 3 or 4 shakes of Tabasco...I also used 8 ounces of shrimp and 8 ounces of chopped white meat chicken. I'm sure these changes may have brought the sodium and potassium up a tick or two...but the flavor was wonderful...and the RICE turned out perfect, which I always have a problem with it being underdone and crunchy or overdone and sticky in dishes like this. THIS one is a keeper..STILL had 5 servings to freeze...well, 4...I had it for lunch the next day too!

May. 15, 2013, 4:18 PM - Inappropriate review?


Tinabell says:


Great recipe! I printed the recipe and came home from work and my husband had it in the oven. He said it was very easy to prepare. We loved the blend of flavors and the fact that it had shrimp for a little variety. Next time my husband said he may add a little tabasco for a little heat just because he likes things spicy. We will definitely be making again. It makes a lot so we cut it in half and had plenty for two meals.

Jan. 22, 2013, 5:16 PM - Inappropriate review?




I thought this recipe was good but a little on the bland side. I would also suggest either more broth, or something liquidy. It was kinda dry

Jun. 11, 2009, 5:44 PM - Inappropriate review?


Lexam says:


This is my first time making jambalaya. The only thing I did different was added hot sauce to taste after making it. This recipe rocks and makes a ton of food!

Feb. 13, 2009, 1:07 PM - Inappropriate review?


EmilyS says:


Let me tell you, my husband and I have eaten zatarains for years, and had to stop due to the sodium and potassium. This recipe was easy and SO GOOD! It was as good, if not better than zatarans. Thank you for this one, I hope to find somemore recipes that are just as good!

Jan. 17, 2009, 11:19 AM - Inappropriate review?

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