Instant Pot Gumbo

Instant Pot Gumbo

Gumbo is one of the most iconic dishes in traditional Southern Creole and Cajun cuisine. This easy Instant Pot version is ready to enjoy in no time thanks to the Instant Pot.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    To prepare the rice , stir the rice, water, and kosher salt in the Instant Pot. Follow the manufacturer's guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. After the pressure cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer's guide for natural release and wait until the natural release cycle is complete. This will take about 10 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Be careful of any remaining steam and unlock and remove the lid. Using the tines of a fork, fluff the rice to separate the grains. Set aside the rice and cover until ready to serve. Clean the insert of the Instant Pot before preparing the gumbo. 
  4. Step 4

    To prepare the gumbo, stir together the flour and oil until smooth. Use the sauté setting to cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes until the roux is the color of peanut butter, stirring constantly. 
  5. Step 5

    Add the onion, green bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 8 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, chicken, sausage, okra, Creole seasoning, oregano, thyme, basil, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Lock the lid in place. Set to cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes to release the pressure naturally. Release any remaining pressure manually and open the lid carefully.
  7. Step 7

    Remove and discard the bay leaf. Spoon each serving into bowls. Add about 1 teaspoon of filé powder and stir to combine. Top each serving with hot cooked rice and garnish with fresh parsley and sliced green onion. Serve with additional hot sauce, if desired.
  8. Step 8