Jambalaya is a dish invented in the New World by Spanish explorers hungry for their native paella. Saffron was not available, so they used more tomato to compensate for it. The spices in the andouille mirror the chorizo typically found in paella, and seafood is always a popular choice, as is chicken.
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2. While the rice cooks, prepare the shrimp. Lightly sprinkle the shrimp with Cajun seasoning. Heat some vegetable oil in a medium nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp and cook in batches if necessary, turning once, until the shrimp are crisp and cooked through and the tails are bright pink, 5 minutes per batch.