What to Serve with Jambalaya (35+ BEST Sides)

Jambalaya is a delicious and flavorful meal that can be enjoyed as a main course. But what should you serve with jambalaya to make the meal even more special? I’ve got you covered! From classic sides to new ideas and twists, this post will show you the perfect additions to serve with your jambalaya.

Jambalaya is a tasty and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed as the main course for a meal. We hope these ideas for what to serve with jambalaya help you make your meal even more special.

Whether you’re looking for classic sides, interesting twists, fresh alternatives, veggie sides, or healthy and refreshing fruit sides, you’ll find something to enjoy to accompany your jambalaya.

The BEST Sides for Jambalaya

Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.
Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
Corn on the Cob
Black eyed peas in white bowl topped with scoops of rice.
{No Soak} Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas cook up quickly with the help of your pressure cooker. Serve this traditional side dish on New Year's for good luck!
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Overhead close up of zucchini fries on platter.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries with Lemon Tarragon Aioli are perfect for snacking. Strips of zucchini, coated in panko cook up perfectly crispy in the air fryer. Dip them in an easy-to-prepare creamy aioli flavored with tarragon and lemon. 
Zucchini Fries
Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Deviled eggs on grey plate sprinkled with paprika.
Easy Peel Instant Pot Deviled Eggs are a perfect appetizer. With variations to make bacon deviled eggs, deviled eggs with relish or spicy deviled eggs. 
Deviled Eggs
Sauteed zucchini and squash in skillet.
You can serve Sauteed Zucchini and Squash with practically anything! It’s a simple side dish that showcases sliced and seared summer squash and savory Italian flavors.
Sauteed Zucchini and Squash
Arugula Salad ready to be served.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
Arugula Salad
Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a salty, crispy, savory, and slightly sweet side dish you can pair with almost anything! Lightly spiced and so simple, this easy recipe is a total crowd pleaser and a must-have for weeknight dinners.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Overhead close up of cooked canned corn in serving bowl with spoon.
Learn how to instantly turn an ordinary vegetable into an extraordinary side dish with this easy canned corn recipe! It covers everything, from how to cook canned corn on the stovetop to how to dress it up with seasonings and flavor boosters to what to serve with it for a meal to remember.
Canned Corn
Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.
This Kale Caesar Salad is topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious.
Kale Caesar Salad
Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
Sauteed Spinach
Over head shot of cooked brussels sprouts in grey bowl with spoon.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic cook up crispy and delicious with minimal oil with the help of your air fryer! Dressed simply with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of salt. You'll love these!
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Black beans in white bowl with spoon.
These Slow Cooker Black Beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! No soaking required. Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls.
Slow Cooker Black Beans
Stuffed crab deviled eggs on dark background topped with sesame seeds, avocado, radishes and cucumber.
Crab Deviled Eggs are an eay, delicious variation of the classic recipe. It’s like your favorite California Roll in deviled egg form. The creamy yolks are combined with wasabi for a spicy kick, then they’re topped with crab, avocado and cucumber. 
Crab Deviled Eggs
Crispy smashed potatoes on black plate next to bowl of mojo sauce.
These Easy Smashed Potatoes with Mojo Sauce are the most delicious side dish! Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Smashed Potatoes
Overhead shot of mac and cheese in speckled bowl with spoon and grated cheddar scattered about.
This is the BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! Made extra creamy with a secret ingredient plus delicious cheddar & parmesan cheese. It can be made in just 4 minutes with your electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Overhead shot of bowl of mashed potatoes topped with a pat of butter, next to bowl of sour cream.
These Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream are the most delicious mashed potatoes you will ever have. They're light, creamy, buttery and tangy and easy to make with the help of your stand mixer – No hand mashing required!
Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream
Hands holding bowl of mashed sweet potatoes.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Ultra creamy, flavorful and delicious and made with only 3-ingredients! No hand mashing required. Let your stand mixer do all the work for you! 
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
These hushpuppies are super crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside.
Get the RECIPE from Baking Beauty
This fried okra recipe is fresh sliced okra coated in buttermilk and a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then deep fried until golden brow and crispy.
Get the RECIPE from Dinner at the Zoo
These exceedingly tall and fluffy cheddar-scallion biscuits are flaky and flavorful and so easy to make thanks to a few simple techniques.
Get the RECIPE from Girl Versus Dough
Dirty rice is a classic New Orleans dish with bold flavor. This Cajun rice recipe is simple to make and perfect for a Mardis Gras dinner!
Get the RECIPE from Kevin is Cooking
Grilled Oysters are amazing! This grilled oyster recipe details which types are best for grilling and an easy white wine butter sauce for topping.
Get the RECIPE from Vindulge
The only recipe you’ll ever need for Corn Maque Choux! A delicious Cajun side dish from Louisiana that pairs perfectly with so many meals!
Get the RECIPE from Pinch and Swirl
Southern collard greens broken down into bite-sized pieces that slowly simmer away and tenderize in a rich, meaty, and flavorful pot likker!
Get the RECIPE from Butter be Ready
These Southern Green Beans are rich and flavorful with hearty pieces of smoked meat throughout. The best southern-style green beans, y’all.
Get the RECIPE from Butter be Ready
Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
Red Cabbage Slaw
Are you ready for the absolute best tasting cornbread? This Brown Sugar Cornbread recipe is golden on top, fluffy in the middle, and tastes amazing with hints of molasses.
Get the RECIPE from Bellyfull
Easy Creamed Spinach does not get easier! This simple homemade side dish is so much better than store bought, and is ready in no time!
Get the RECIPE from Cafe Delites
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas is a healthy, quick and delicious side dish to go with any main. Ready in 5 minutes, you’ll love the simplicity!
Get the RECIPE from Cafe Delites
Peppers with grill marks scattered on counter.
Learn how to make perfectly tender and blistered Grilled Bell Peppers at home! It’s one of the best and easiest side dishes you can add to burrito bowls, fajitas, or pair with grilled meats.
Grilled Bell Peppers
This vegetarian succotash recipe is fresh, vibrant and bacon-free. It features seared corn, plump lima beans, fresh peppers and butter!
Get the RECIPE from Cookie and Kate
Creamy and Rich Corn Pudding made from scratch with brown butter, heavy cream and corn. No boxed jiffy corn mix or canned corn needed!
Get the RECIPE from Chef Savvy
Stewed Okra and Tomatoes is a classic Southern dish. Flavored with bacon, onion, garlic and vinegar, you know the veggies are delicious!
Get the RECIPE from The Seasoned Mom

ℹ️ How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these jambalaya side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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Collage of sides for jambalaya.

What to Serve with Jambalaya: 35+ Sides

Wondering what to eat with jambalaya? I've got you covered! From classic sides to new ideas and twists, here's 35+ of the best side dishes. Try this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 5-6 ears corn (husks removed)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar


  • Add trivet to the Instant Pot and add water and sugar.
  • Place corn in the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on MANUAL (High Pressurfor 3 minutes.
  • When the time is up, quick release any remaining pressure and then remove the lid.
  • Use tongs to carefully remove the hot ears of corn from the pot.
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Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 2g

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