Instant Pot Gumbo

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This Instant Pot Gumbo is made with all the classic Cajun flavors but made in the Instant Pot rather than on the stovetop. You’re going to love how simple and tasty it is!

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Instant Pot gumbo and rice

Why You’ll Love It

  • It’s super filling: Gumbo is a filling dish with chicken, sausage, shrimp, and veggies, perfect for a delicious dinner. Serve it over rice for a complete tasty meal.
  • Authentic Gumbo flavors: This recipe makes authentic gumbo accessible to everyone with the convenience of the Instant Pot, you will have this ready in no time.
  • Comforting: Gumbo has a comforting, soul-warming quality that makes it perfect for both special occasions and everyday comfort food which is especially good for the colder months.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients for Instant Pot gumbo
  • Olive Oil – You can use your favorite type of brand.
  • Onion – I use yellow onion, but white or sweet will work as well.
  • Bell Pepper – Green bell peppers are traditional, but you can use red or yellow for a sweeter taste.
  • Celery – Celery adds a lot of flavor to the gumbo and is a necessary ingredient, so don’t leave it out.
  • Garlic – Be sure to use fresh garlic for the best flavor.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – Thigh adds more flavor and has a better texture than breast, but you can use either.
  • Andouille Sausage – Look for it in the sausage section of your grocery store. There are many types of spicy sausage you can use instead if you can’t find it.
  • Salt – Season with salt to taste at the end, especially if your Creole seasoning is salty.
  • Creole Seasoning – I use Zatarains or Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning. It has a lot of salt, so I don’t put in extra.
  • Cayenne Pepper – Adds a nice spicy kick. You can add as little or as much as you want.
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth – I always use low-sodium to limit the amount of salt in the dish.
  • Diced Tomatoes – A can of diced or chopped tomatoes.
  • Shrimp – Look for peeled and deveined shrimp in the seafood section, or buy whole shrimp and prepare them yourself.
  • Gumbo Filé – Gumbo filé is a unique ingredient used for flavor and thickening this gumbo. You can usually find it in the spice section of your store. If not, Amazon has it.
  • Rice – It’s not necessary to serve it over rice, but it will make a more substantial meal.

Equipment Needed

Instant Pot Duo Plus
  • Instant Pot – I use a 6-quart Instant Pot Duo Plus to make all of my recipes, but you can use any size or brand of electric pressure cooker. If you’re using an 8-quart pot, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid accordingly, as it requires more water to build steam.
A scoop of Instant Pot gumbo

Tips for Making Instant Pot Gumbo

  • Take your time sautéing the vegetables, chicken, and sausage at the beginning. This step helps to develop deep, rich flavors in your gumbo.
  • Cajun cuisine can be spicy, so adjust the amount of Cayenne pepper and Creole seasoning to suit your heat preference. You can always add more spice later if needed.
  • If you can’t find Gumbo filé, you can use okra as a thickening agent. Simply add sliced okra during the cooking process. It provides a unique texture and flavor to your gumbo.
  • Shrimp cooks quickly, so be careful not to overcook them. They’re done as soon as they turn pink and opaque.

How to Make Instant Pot Gumbo

Step 1: Sauté

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Heat the Instant Pot on Sauté mode (high setting). Add the butter and onions. Sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the bell pepper and celery. Cook for 2 more minutes.

Add chicken and sausage. Brown for 2-3 minutes. Turn off sauté mode.

Adding the protein to the pot

Step 2: Add seasonings & deglaze

Add the salt, Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, and beef broth.

Stir and deglaze the bottom of the pot.

Pour the tomatoes on top and press them down to submerge, but don’t stir them in.

Adding the liquid ingredients to the pot

Secure the lid and set the vent to sealing (if necessary for your model).

Step 3: Pressure cook

Set to cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the time is up, allow a 2-minute natural pressure release, then carefully release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid.

Step 4: Stir in shrimp & rest

gumbo in the Instant Pot

Immediately stir in the shrimp and Gumbo file and put the lid back on the Instant Pot for 6 minutes. This will cook the shrimp and thicken the gumbo.

Remove the lid, stir, and serve over rice.

A scoop of Instant Pot gumbo

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. If you don’t have one, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot and the many accessories you can buy for it.

Instant Pot Duo Plus

How to Store & Reheat

Storing Options

Fridge: Transfer the gumbo to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It can be kept in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer: If you have leftover gumbo that you won’t consume within a few days, freeze it in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bags. It can stay good in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating Options

Stovetop: For best results, reheat gumbo on the stovetop. Place it in a saucepan over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water or broth to maintain the desired consistency, as gumbo can thicken as it sits.

Microwave: If you’re in a hurry, you can use the microwave. Heat it in microwave-safe containers in 1-minute intervals, stirring in between until it’s heated through.

Instant Pot gumbo and rice

Questions About the Recipe

What is Gumbo?

Gumbo is a hearty, flavorful stew that originated in Louisiana, often associated with Cajun and Creole cuisine. It typically includes a mix of protein, vegetables, spices, and a thickener like Gumbo filé or okra.

Is Andouille Sausage Spicy?

Yes, Andouille sausage is typically spicy due to its seasonings, which include paprika and cayenne pepper.

How Do I Reheat Gumbo Without Overcooking the Shrimp?

Reheat gently on the stovetop or use the Instant Pot’s “Warm” function. Be cautious not to overheat the shrimp, as they can become tough if cooked too long.

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Instant Pot gumbo and rice

Instant Pot Gumbo

This Instant Pot Gumbo is made with all the classic Cajun flavors but made in the Instant Pot rather than on the stovetop. You're going to love how simple and tasty it is!

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Pressurize Time 7 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Creole
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 521 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 pound (454 g) boneless chicken thighs chopped
  • 6 ounces (170 g) Andouille sausage sliced (2 sausages)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt leave out if your Creole seasoning is very salty
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) Cayenne pepper more or less to adjust spiciness
  • 2 cups (473 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 14 ounces (397 g) diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 1/2 pound (227 g) shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) Gumbo filé
  • Rice for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the Instant Pot on Saute mode (high setting). Add the oil. When hot, add the onions. Saute until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the bell pepper and celery. Saute for 3 more minutes.
  • Add chicken and sausage. Saute for 3 minutes. Turn off saute mode.
  • Add the salt, Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, and chicken broth.
  • Stir and deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  • Pour the tomatoes on top and press them down to submerge, but don’t stir them in.
  • Secure the lid and set the vent to sealing (if necessary for your model).
  • Set to cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the time is up, allow a 5-minute natural pressure release, then carefully release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
  • Stir in the shrimp and Gumbo file and put the lid back on for 6 minutes (on Keep Warm). This will cook the shrimp and slightly thicken the gumbo.
  • Remove the lid, stir, and serve over rice.

Notes

  • Take your time sautéing the vegetables, chicken, and sausage at the beginning. This step helps to develop deep, rich flavors in your gumbo.
  • Cajun cuisine can be spicy, so adjust the amount of Cayenne pepper and Creole seasoning to suit your heat preference. You can always add more spice later if needed.
  • If you can’t find Gumbo filé, you can use okra as a thickening agent. Simply add sliced okra during the cooking process. It provides a unique texture and flavor to your gumbo.
  • Shrimp cooks quickly, so be careful not to overcook them. They’re done as soon as they turn pink and opaque.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 42gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 841mgPotassium: 932mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1631IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Onion, Peppers, Sausage, Shrimp
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