Difference between Gumbo and Jambalaya
By Theydiffer - February 17, 2016

Gumbo and jambalaya are two popular meals traditionally associated with Louisiana cuisine. We will examine the differences between them with the help of a recipe for each meal.


Homemade Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a traditional food from Louisiana. It is a mix of some sort of meat and/or seafood with vegetables.

A simple jambalaya recipe:


  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1-2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt,
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium Andouille sausage,sliced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup celery


  1. Strain the rice in a strainer, rinse it in cold water.
  2. Put the bell peppers, the onion, and the minced celery in a large pot and sauté the mixture over a low heat.
  3. Add the garlic, the chicken broth, and the rice. Cook the mixture, while stirring for around 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Andouille sausage and the tomato sauce. Add water so it covers the mixture. Turn the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Add salt, black pepper, and ground cayenne pepper (you can also add herbs to your taste).
  5. Reduce the heat, put a lid on the pan and cook until the mixture is soft (around 30 minutes). Do not forget to stir it from time to time to keep the rice from sticking. Different sorts of rice have different cooking times, so make sure the rice is actually cooked.
  6. Your jambalaya is ready.

Gumbo vs Jambalaya

What is the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?

  • While gumbo is a soup, jambalaya is a casserole.
  • Gumbo is traditionally served with rice as a side dish although it can be served with any preferred side dish. Jambalaya, on the other hand, includes rice as a mandatory ingredient in the cooking process.

Comparison chart

Is a soupIs a casserole
Is usually served with rice as a side dishIs cooked with rice as an ingredient