Instant Pot Gumbo

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Instant Pot Gumbo is so easy to make! Loaded with andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp, this gumbo is BURSTING with Creole and Cajun flavors!

A bowl of Instant Pot gumbo made with chicken, sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions, okra, and seasonings with rice served on the side.

Instant Pot Gumbo

Instant Pot Gumbo is the perfect meal for a cold day. Thick and hearty with a kick of Creole spice that warms your insides. The Southern comfort food originates in Southern Louisiana. Like jambalaya, it can be made so many different ways. Most gumbo dishes start with a basic roux, peppers, onions, and celery. You can add a protein such as sausage, pork, chicken, or shrimp as well. I’ve tried several different varieties of gumbo over the years, but my favorite includes chicken, sausage, and shrimp. I simply can’t pick a favorite meat to put in; I love them all! True gumbo is usually thickened with okra and/or filé powder in addition to the roux. It really depends on your taste. Try a big bowl and see for yourself. You will love this recipe!

Gumbo in an Instant Pot being scooped with a ladle.

Additions and Substitutions for Instant Pot Gumbo

Instant Pot Gumbo can be changed up a million different ways, depending on your tastes and preferences. Follow the recipe as directed below for a spicy flavor and all the meats! But you can experiment with spices and other ingredients to make it exactly how you and your family like it.

  • Feel free to omit one or more of the meats. Sausage only, just chicken and shrimp, etc. Or go all out and add crab meat, lobster, whatever you like!
  • Some may argue that tomatoes do not belong in gumbo, when others love the added flavor of tomatoes. I really think there is no wrong way. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of okra, so it is something I usually leave out. Make it according to your tastes, be creative, and you won’t be disappointed.
  • In addition to the natural flavors of the ingredients, you can play with the seasonings by adding black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, thyme, paprika, liquid smoke, and more garlic.
  • You can make this recipe in a pressure cooker too. If your cooker doesn’t have a sauté function, just sauté your veggies and sausage in a separate pan, then add to the pressure cooker and follow the directions as listed below.

How To Get A Dark Roux

You can make this gumbo recipe with a simple roux (we made this recipe with a simple, light roux) or if you prefer your gumbo to have that rich, dark color, you can make a “dark roux”. Keep in mind, that by making a “dark roux” you are adding another 35-40 minutes to your cook time. To make a dark roux, simply cook your roux longer until it gets to be a deep, golden brown color and this takes time. Keep a close eye on it and stir it constantly because you want it to be dark, but not burnt. Follow the rest of the recipe as indicated below.

Avoid The Instant Pot “Burn” Notice

Because you are making the roux first instead of adding a thickener at the end, you may be more likely to get the dreaded “burn” warning on your Instant Pot. If you notice your gumbo is really thick (like gravy) after adding all the rest of the ingredients, you may want to add up to 1 cup more broth. Don’t worry, if you think it is going to be too thin, you can always thicken it again before serving by adding 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to ¼ cup cold water and stirring it into your gumbo after releasing pressure.

A bowl of Instant Pot Gumbo with chicken, sausage, shrimp, peppers, onion, and okra with rice on the side

Gluten Free Gumbo

To make this gumbo gluten-free, the most obvious choice would be to use a gluten-free flour in the place of regular all-purpose flour in the roux. We use Namaste flour from Costco, or a homemade flour blend when substituting flour. If you want to avoid making a roux, you can always use filé powder and/or okra to thicken instead. The Tony Chachere’s seasoning is gluten-free so you should be good using that as your Creole seasoning in this recipe.

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A bowl of Instant Pot Gumbo with white rice on the side

Instant Pot Gumbo

4.86 from 82 votes
Instant Pot Gumbo is so easy to make! Loaded with sausage, chicken, and shrimp, this gumbo is BURSTING with creole flavors! See gluten free substitutions in recipe notes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun/Creole
Servings 8 servings

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Equipment

  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to "Sauté" function and add olive oil. Add peppers, onion, celery, garlic, and sausage. 
    Sausage, peppers, celery, onion, and garlic being cooked in an Instant Pot to make Instant Pot Gumbo
  • Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables become soft. Remove all vegetables and sausage. Set aside. 
    Sausage, peppers, onion, and celery that has been cooked in an Instant Pot to make Gumbo
  • Immediately add butter to instant pot and stir, scraping up any cooked bits from the bottom of the pot. When butter is melted, add flour. 
    Flour and butter in an Instant Pot to make a roux for gumbo
  • Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly forming a light roux. If you want to make a "dark roux", cook for 30-40 minutes until the roux becomes a dark, golden brown color. Turn cooker off. 
    Browned roux in an instant pot to make Gumbo
  • Add chicken broth, cooked vegetables and sausage, chicken, Creole seasoning, diced tomatoes with chiles, fire roasted tomatoes, bay leaves, salt and pepper. 
    Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to “Sealing” position (see notes above about avoiding the "burn" notice).
    Chicken, tomatoes, may leaves, salt and pepper in an Instant Pot to make Gumbo
  • Press "Manual" and select “High Pressure." Set time to 20 minutes. When time is up, turn cooker off. Quick release by turning valve to "venting". 
    When pressure is fully released, remove lid and stir in okra. Press "Sauté", and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
    Okra added to the gumbo in an Instant Pot
  • Add shrimp and cook an additional 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. 
    Shrimp being added to gumbo that has been made in an Instant pot
  • Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve with rice. 
    A bowl of Instant Pot gumbo made with chicken, sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions, okra, and seasonings with rice served on the side.

Notes

To make this gumbo gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour in the place of regular all-purpose flour in the roux. We use Namaste flour from Costco, or a homemade flour blend when substituting flour. If you want to avoid making a roux, you can always use filé powder and/or okra to thicken instead. 
Instant Pot Note: We use a 6-quart Instant Pot brand pressure cooker that we bought in 2016. Different or newer versions may be more sensitive to the “BURN” notice. If you are concerned about the burn notice, please refer to the Instant Pot webpage about Overheat Protection, found HERE.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 542kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 31gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 224mgSodium: 1517mgPotassium: 570mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1410IUVitamin C: 49.4mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 3.6mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I’ve made it many times. Just one thing… there’s no way in heck that those vegetables are going to be soft in 3-5 minutes. I’m 20 minutes in and the celery is nowhere near “soft.”
    But it’s worth waiting for.

    1. 3 stars
      This recipe was okay, followed almost entirely, but omitted the okra. Also, because my shrimp was frozen, added it with the chicken and pressure cooked it. Twenty minutes was way too long, the chicken and shrimp was mushy and flavorless. Some things I would change, I would sauté the vegetables, the sausage, the chicken, and the shrimp altogether with the creole seasoning. I do my jambalaya this way and the flavor is phenomenal. This would omit having to pressure cook, so next time I’ll do it on the stove.

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