Wondering what to serve with jambalaya? From easy side dishes to tasty side dishes, discover the best side dishes to complement this Louisiana favorite!

Jambalaya is a hearty and flavorful dish that’s popular in Louisiana. The recipe on my site is for Creole Jambalaya, and the Creole dish starts with the holy trinity – diced celery, green bell peppers, and onions – and is cooked with a mix of rice, meat, andouille sausage, and tomatoes. Creole Jambalaya is most popular in New Orleans, where there is more Creole influence. It’s flavored with a blend of spices and lots of tomatoes which gives it a unique and delicious taste. 

Cajun Jambalaya can be found throughout the rest of the state and does not include tomatoes, as is traditional with most Cajun dishes.

A collage of images showing sides to serve with jambalaya; cornbread, a salad, and coleslaw.
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But what should you serve with either variety of Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya?

This flavorful, filling one-pot meal is perfect for a family dinner or a fun gathering with friends, so if you’re looking to take your jambalaya to the next level, it’s essential to pair it with the best side dishes.

There are many different side dishes that go well with jambalaya. From starchy sides like cornbread and cheddar biscuits to fresh and crunchy salads, there are many options to choose from. Below are a few ideas to get you started:

Best Side Dishes for Jambalaya

Cornbread

Cornbread is a classic side dish that pairs well with jambalaya. It’s slightly sweet and has a dense, crumbly texture that’s perfect for soaking up the flavorful broth in the jambalaya. You can make cornbread from scratch using one of my cornbread recipes or you can use a mix to make it even easier.

You can make Sweet Cornbread, Southern Cornbread, or Jiffy Cornbread – it’s the perfect side dish to serve with jambalaya and it is so easy to make!

A cast iron pie pan with baked golden brown southern cornbread in it with a slice on top.
Southern Cornbread
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Made with cornmeal and buttermilk, this Classic Southern Cornbread Recipe brings out the naturally sweet flavor of corn without adding sugar. Cooked in a cast iron skillet with bacon drippings – it will please even the toughest critics.
Southern Cornbread Recipe
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Sweet Skillet Cornbread Recipe
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Sweet Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. This cornbread is sweet, crumbly, buttery, and has a perfect crisp to the edges.
Sweet Cornbread Recipe

French Bread

If you don’t want to make anything, you can purchase a loaf of French bread.

Honey Butter

Honey butter is a rich and delicious way to really take cornbread over the top. (I love to whip my honey butter to make it light and fluffy.)

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Easy Honey Butter (Whipped)
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Honey Butter is creamy, dreamy, and one of my absolute favorite condiments to make. Take it over the top by whipping it with an electric mixer – then top it with a pinch of salt. It is the perfect finishing touch for just about any dish.
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Coleslaw

Southern-Style Coleslaw is a refreshing and crunchy side dish that pairs well with jambalaya. Made with thinly sliced cabbage and carrots – it’s tossed with a simple dressing made with mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and salt. The crisp and tangy flavors in the coleslaw help to balance out the spicy flavors in the jambalaya.

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Classic Southern Coleslaw
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This Creamy Southern Coleslaw recipe is one of my favorite side dishes. The sweet, tangy dressing combined with the fresh, crunchy cabbage is so simple, yet so flavorful.
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A Side Salad

A simple green salad is another tasty side dish that goes well with jambalaya. You can use any type of lettuce you like, such as romaine, iceberg, or mixed greens, and toss it with some diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and sliced red onions. Add a simple dressing or a vinaigrette made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt, and you have a fresh and delicious side dish. 

My Royal Street Salad is a blue cheese and bacon chopped salad modeled after the salad from Mr. B’s Bistro, and it goes great with jambalaya.

A bowl of royal street salad and two slices of buttered french bread.
Blue Cheese Salad (Royal Street Salad)
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Crispy romaine lettuce, crunchy bacon, and blue cheese in a flavorful, zesty homemade dressing, this Royal Street Salad is perfect as an appetizer, side, or quick lunch idea.
Chopped Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

Caesar Salad

Caeser Salad is a delicious side that goes with jambalaya. You can buy a premade bagged salad to make it really easy or make your own from scratch if you are feeling adventurous.

Sauteed Squash or Sauteed Zucchini

Sautéed squash is a great side dish for jambalaya because its light and fresh flavor provides a refreshing contrast to the rich and spicy nature of the main dish. The tender yet slightly crisp texture of sautéed squash also adds a pleasing textural element to the meal. (And in the summer, when squash is everywhere, it is a great way to use it up!)

Sauteed yellow squash with onions.
Sautéed Squash
5 from 3 votes
This simple sautéed squash recipe is so easy to make and allows the flavors of this delicious summer vegetable to shine. The delicious squash is tender, buttery, sweet, and so flavorful.
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Roasted Vegetables

We love to make fresh, seasonal vegetables as a side to serve with jambalaya. I love to roast broccoli or asparagus when they are in season, and we love roasted Brussels sprouts and roasted squash. A vegetable side dish is a light side and is an easy way to add a little more balance and nutrition to an otherwise heavy rice dish.

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Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Olive Oil
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Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Olive Oil is a fresh, quick, and flavorful way to add vegetables to your weeknight dinners. This broccoli is bright, crunchy, and packed with flavor.
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad is a cooling and refreshing side dish to serve with your jambalaya, especially in the summer when you have more cucumbers than you know what to do with.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

You can also whip up a refreshing cucumber tomato salad with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and a red wine vinaigrette. It is an easy salad recipe and it is nice and refreshing.

Mouthwatering Jambalaya Side Options

Cajun Corn Maque Choux

Maque Choux is a traditional Louisiana side dish made with sweet corn, red bell pepper, and onions. This popular dish is like a spicy creamed corn and is so delicious. The sweet taste of the corn combined with the savory elements makes it an ideal accompaniment to your favorite jambalaya recipe.

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Corn Maque Choux
5 from 5 votes
Corn Maque Choux is a classic Cajun side dish that is creamy, flavorful, and has just a little bit of heat. The smoky bacon grease softens the corn as it mixes with the Cajun spices, and the end result is a delicious Southern side dish.
corn maque choux recipe

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a classic Southern side dish that complements jambalaya perfectly. Their slightly bitter taste pairs well with the savory and spicy flavors of the jambalaya. Cooked with onions, garlic, and a hint of vinegar or hot sauce, collard greens add a vibrant and nutritious element to the meal. (You can also use sauteed turnip greens or Swiss chard – whatever is in season!)

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Southern Collard Greens
4.91 from 33 votes
This Southern Collard Greens Recipe is the best side dish recipe. A perfect soul food recipe cooked low and slow with bacon, onions, a ham hock, and garlic.
Collard Greens Recipe

If you are low on stove space, you can even make your collard greens in an Instant Pot!

A bowl of Instant Pot collard greens.
Instant Pot Collard Greens
5 from 20 votes
Collard Greens made in an Instant Pot are a shortcut to Southern perfection. What normally takes hours on the stove is ready in less than an hour using a pressure cooker. Made with bacon, onions, ham, and garlic – these collard greens couldn't be more delicious.
Instant Pot Collard Greens Recipe

Southern Green Beans

Southern-style green beans are a great side dish to serve with jambalaya. Typically cooked with bacon or a ham hock – they have a rich and smoky flavor. Green beans can be made in a slow cooker or Instant Pot. The tender yet crisp texture of the green beans provides a refreshing contrast to the hearty jambalaya. Green beans also add a pop of vibrant color to the plate.

A bowl of southern style green beans cooked in a crock pot with ham, bacon, and red bell peppers.
Crock Pot Southern Green Beans
5 from 16 votes
These Crock Pot Southern Green beans have so much flavor – they are a family favorite. They are the perfect easy side dish for any holiday menu.
Crock Pot Southern Green Beans
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Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans
4.85 from 19 votes
It's hard to beat that cooked all day with smoky meat flavor of Southern Style green beans. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are ready in less than an hour.
Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

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Perfect Complements for Jambalaya & Tasty Jambalaya Pairings

Fried Okra

Fried okra is a popular Southern side dish that adds a satisfying crunch to the meal. The crispy exterior of the okra complements the tender and flavorful jambalaya. The mild taste of okra also serves as a neutral base to balance out the spicy jambalaya.

Cornmeal crusted fried okra draining on a paper towel.
Crispy Fried Okra
4.97 from 26 votes
This Fried Okra is dredged in buttermilk and breaded in a flour & cornmeal coating that's loaded with flavor. Fried until crispy in peanut oil, it’s an addictive Southern appetizer, snack, or side dish.
fried okra recipe

Hush Puppies

Hush puppies are small, deep-fried cornmeal fritters that are a staple in Southern cuisine. Their slightly sweet and savory flavor pairs well with the bold flavors of jambalaya. Hush Puppies also provide a delightful texture contrast – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside – adding a crunchy element to the meal.

Hush Puppies Recipe
The BEST Hush Puppies Recipe you’ll ever taste! Light and fluffy balls of cornmeal are fried to perfection and drizzle with spicy honey!
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Fried Corn on the Cob

This fried corn on the cob recipe is a unique twist on a classic side dish. The corn kernels become caramelized and slightly charred during frying, intensifying their natural sweetness. The crispy and smoky exterior of the corn pairs well with the robust flavors of the jambalaya.

Pieces of deep fried corn on the cob on a white plate.
Fried Corn on the Cob
5 from 4 votes
Deep fried corn on the cob is a delicious twist on a classic summer favorite. This Southern-style dish is made by coating fresh corn in a Cajun seasoned batter and then deep-frying it to golden perfection. The result is a crispy and crunchy exterior that gives way to juicy, tender corn kernels bursting with flavor. 
Fried Corn on the Cob Recipe

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob, smothered in butter is also a delicious and simple side to serve with jambalaya.

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
5 from 3 votes
There is no easier way to make Corn on the Cob than in an Instant Pot. It is quick, easy, and so reliable – the corn always comes out so tender and crisp.
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Fried Squash or Fried Zucchini

Fried squash, typically made with yellow squash or zucchini, is another tasty option to accompany jambalaya. The crispy and golden exterior of the fried squash offers a delightful contrast to the soft and flavorful jambalaya. The mild flavor of squash allows the jambalaya to remain the star of the meal.

Fried squash slices draining on a paper towel.
Southern Fried Squash
4.89 from 9 votes
Southern Fried Squash is a summer delicacy. Fresh yellow squash and zucchini are dredged in buttermilk, breaded with flour and cornmeal, and fried until they are golden brown and crispy. It is such a delicious way to cook summer squash and is the perfect summer side dish.
Fried Squash Recipe
A collage of images showing sides to serve with jambalaya; cornbread, a side salad, and fried squash.

Easy Jambalaya Side Ideas

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or green beans are a healthy and tasty way to add some color and nutrition to the meal. They also help to balance out the richness of jambalaya, which can sometimes be a spicy dish. (I honestly sometimes will just make one of those steam-in-bag veggie sides to make it easy!)

Biscuits

Biscuits are another staple of Southern cuisine and are the perfect addition to a bowl of Cajun jambalaya. Serve them hot and fluffy, with a bit of honey butter for extra flavor. I love to make jalapeno cheddar biscuits to serve with my jambalaya, but I sometimes just make drop biscuits or frozen biscuits to make it easy.

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Quick and Easy Drop Biscuits
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Drop biscuits are the easiest way to get a buttery biscuit on the table in minutes. Drop biscuits are made with only five ingredients and there is no kneading involved. You can have biscuits for breakfast without all the hassle.
drop biscuit recipe

Garlic Bread or Garlic Toast

Garlic bread or garlic toast would be a delicious and easy side dish that goes great with jambalaya. Simply toast some sliced bread, and then brush it with a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. You can also add some grated Parmesan cheese on top for an extra flavorful twist.

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Garlic Toast
5 from 2 votes
Looking for the ultimate garlic toast recipe? This recipe is packed with garlic flavor, rich buttery goodness, and perfect garlic bread that is tender on the outside and fluffy inside. Best of all, it can be whipped up in just 10 minutes!
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Exciting Jambalaya Serving Suggestions

These are just a few ideas, but there are many other delicious sides that you can serve with jambalaya. Some other possibilities include roasted vegetables, steamed broccoli, or sautéed spinach. The important thing is to choose sides that you enjoy, and that complement the flavors in the jambalaya.

Flavorful Jambalaya Additions

Always top your jambalaya with a sprinkling of freshly sliced green onions, a splash of hot sauce, and a few shakes of Cajun Seasoning or Creole Seasoning.

Whether you’re looking for something sweet, tangy, or crunchy, there is a side dish that will complement your jambalaya perfectly.

So next time you make jambalaya, be sure to consider one of these options to help elevate your meal. Be sure to end your meal with some biscuit beignets or buttermilk cookies.

A collage of images showing sides to serve with jambalaya; cornbread, collard greens, and roasted broccoli.

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Hi, I'm Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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