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Instant Pot Gumbo With Sausage And Shrimp

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Have you always wanted to make Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo in the Instant Pot? If so, you’re in luck! This super simple Instant Pot Gumbo Recipe will make you crave that southern taste. Pair that up with the fact that it only takes about 30 minutes, and you’re certain to have a new family favorite.

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What Does Gumbo Taste Like?

Gumbo is a thick soup or stew that originated in Louisiana. It’s typically made with a roux, stock, vegetables, and either seafood or meat (or both!).

Gumbo tastes rich and savory with hints of heat from spices like cayenne pepper. The sausage and shrimp add an extra layer of flavor to this Instant Pot Gumbo recipe.

Is Gumbo Spicy?

Typically, yes. Instant Pot Gumbo is meant to have a little “kick” to it. However, if that’s something that you don’t want, you can alter the recipe a bit and get rid of the spicy flavor.

What Is Gumbo File?

Gumbo file is also known as gumbo filé, and it’s a powder made from the ground leaves of the sassafras tree. It’s used to thicken and add flavor to gumbo.

Is Gumbo A Soup?

Gumbo can be classified as both a soup and a stew. It’s thick like a stew, but it does have more liquid than other stews.

Do You Have To Use Andouille Sausage In Gumbo?

No, you can use any type of sausage that you prefer or have on hand. However, sliced Andouille sausage does add a unique flavor to Instant Pot Gumbo that is hard to duplicate with another type of sausage.

Ingredients For Sausage And Shrimp Gumbo

This Instant Pot version of gumbo uses the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb Andouille sausage
  • 1 lb Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ Stick butter
  • 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Green bell pepper diced
  • 3 Celery stalks diced
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp creole seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce (franks works well)
  • 10 oz Frozen okra sliced
  • 14 oz Canned diced tomatoes
  • 4 Cups chicken broth
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How To Make Instant Pot Gumbo

Here are the instructions for making this Instant Pot Gumbo recipe.

Step One: Turn On Saute Function

Turn on the Instant Pot’s Saute setting. 

Step Two: Saute The Andouille Sausage

Add 2 tbs of avocado oil and andouille sausage. Cook andouille sausage until browned, stirring frequently. You can use olive oil if you have no avocado oil.

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Step Three: Add Vegetables To Instant Pot Gumbo

Add chopped celery, onions, garlic, and diced green pepper to the Inner Pot. Continue to cook on the saute setting, until softened. Turn off the sauté feature.

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In a separate pan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and stir continuously, paying careful attention not to burn. You will want to keep cooking for about 10 to 15 minutes to create a thick, brown color roux. Remove from heat once ready.

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Step Four: Make A Dark Roux

In a separate pan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and stir continuously, paying careful attention not to burn.

You will want to keep cooking for about 10 to 15 minutes to create a thick, dark brown color roux. Stir constantly and remove from the heat once ready.

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Step Five: Add Roux To The Pressure Cooker

Add the roux to the vegetable and sausage mix, and combine well.

Add chicken broth, hot sauce, creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, frozen okra and a can of diced tomatoes.

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Step Six: Pressure Cook Instant Pot Gumbo

Cover and lock the Instant Pot lid. Pressure cooking the gumbo on manual high pressure for 10 minutes.

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Step Seven: Quick Release Instant Pot Gumbo

After pressure cooking the gumbo, choose a quick release to remove the pressure from your Instant Pot. Remove the lid.

Step Eight: Add Shrimp

Turn on the saute setting again. Add in the shrimp and cook an additional 5 minutes until the shrimp are completely cooked. Turn the Instant Pot off.

Step Nine: Garnish And Serve

Garnish Instant Pot Gumbo with sliced green onions, and parsley and serve with white rice. Enjoy your Instant Pot Gumbo!

Can I Use Fresh Okra In This Instant Pot Gumbo?

Yes, you can use fresh okra instead of frozen. Simply slice the fresh okra and add it when instructed to add frozen okra in the Instant Pot Gumbo recipe instructions.

Can I Use Cooked Shrimp In This Recipe?

Yes, you can use cooked shrimp instead of raw shrimp.

Can I Use Another Type Of Protein In This Instant pot Gumbo Recipe?

Feel free to use skinless chicken thighs or even additional sausage in this Instant Pot Gumbo recipe.

Just be sure to cook the protein before adding it to the Instant Pot. Chicken and sausage gumbo is a delicious variation on Instant Pot Gumbo.

You can also make a chicken gumbo without sausage if you wish using chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs only. Instant pot chicken gumbo is another fantastic gumbo recipe to try!

Can I Make A Seafood Gumbo?

If you want to make a Seafood Gumbo, you could try adding more seafood ingredients such as crab meat, crawfish, and scallops.

Just make sure to cook the seafood before adding it to Instant Pot Gumbo.

Can I Use Homemade Chicken Broth In This Gumbo Recipe?

Yes, you can use homemade chicken broth in Instant Pot Gumbo. Be sure to adjust the seasoning accordingly, as homemade chicken broth may be richer and have a deeper flavor than store-bought options. Get our Instant Pot chicken broth recipe here. It’s an easy recipe.

Can This Instant Pot Gumbo Recipe Be Made In A Slow Cooker?

Yes, it can be made in a slow cooker. Just follow the same steps and cook for about 4 to 6 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low. Keep in mind the cooking time may vary depending on your slow cooker.

Make sure to add the shrimp in during the last 30 minutes of cooking so they do not become overcooked and tough.

You may also want to adjust the amount of broth used as slow cookers tend to retain more liquid than Instant Pots.

Can I Make The Roux Ahead Of Time?

Yes, the dark brown roux can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just reheat before adding it to the Instant Pot Gumbo recipe.

Can I Freeze Instant Pot Gumbo?

Yes, this Instant Pot Gumbo can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just allow the gumbo to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container and storing it in the freezer.

Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating and serving your Gumbo recipe.

How To Thicken Gumbo?

If you prefer a thicker gumbo, after pressure cooking and adding the shrimp, turn on the Instant Pot to saute mode. In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until smooth.

Slowly pour it into the Instant Pot Gumbo while stirring until desired thickness is reached.

What To Serve With Gumbo?

Gumbo is best served hot over rice. Gumbo is also traditionally served with potato salad on the side along with scallions and hot sauce.

You can serve Instant Pot Gumbo with both white or brown rice, or even cooked quinoa if desired. I prefer to serve it with a rice dish.

This delicious gumbo also pairs well with a side of cornbread or fresh French bread for dipping.

What’s The Difference Between Gumbo And Jambalaya?

Gumbo and Jambalaya are both traditional dishes from Louisiana, though they have some key differences. Gumbo typically includes a dark roux base as well as okra and is served with rice.

Jambalaya does not usually include okra and has a tomato base with protein, vegetables, and rice cooked together in the same pot. Both are equally delicious and worth trying!

Can This Instant Pot Gumbo Recipe Be Made Vegetarian?

Yes, this Instant Pot Gumbo recipe can be made vegetarian by omitting the sausage and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Consider adding additional vegetables such as diced carrots, mushrooms and eggplant for added flavor and texture.

You could also try using cooked, crumbled tofu or tempeh as a protein substitute in Instant Pot Vegetarian Gumbo. Be sure to adjust the seasoning as needed. Enjoy!

More Gumbo F&QS

Here are a few more answers to your Instant Pot Gumbo questions:

How Long To Cook Gumbo?

Cooking time for Instant Pot Gumbo will vary depending on your specific Instant Pot and the ingredients used. Generally, it takes about 30 minutes to pressure cook the gumbo before adding in the shrimp.

What Vegetables Go In Gumbo?

Common vegetables found in gumbo include diced bell peppers, celery, and onions. Some recipes also include diced tomatoes or okra.

How Thick Should Gumbo Be?

Gumbo can vary in thickness, though it is typically a thick stew-like consistency. You can adjust the thickness to your preference by using more or less roux and broth, as well as using cornstarch to thicken if desired.

When To Add Okra To Gumbo?

If using okra in Instant Pot Gumbo, it should be added during the pressure cooking process along with the other vegetables.

When To Add Shrimp To Gumbo?

Shrimp should be added towards the end of the cooking time, after the gumbo has finished pressure cooking. This helps to ensure that the shrimp cooks properly and does not become rubbery.

Is Gumbo Cajun or Creole?

Gumbo is a dish that originated in Louisiana and can be considered both Cajun and Creole. It typically includes a dark roux, which is more common in Cajun cooking, but can also include tomatoes, which are commonly found in Creole cuisine.

How Many Calories In Gumbo?

This will vary depending on the specific ingredients used. However, a serving of Instant Pot Gumbo (without rice) can range from approximately 250-300 calories per serving.

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The Best Instant Pot Gumbo Recipe With Sausage And Shrimp

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

You will witness the delicious partnership between seafood and meat on this Instant Pot Gumbo Recipe. You do not want to miss this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb andouille sausage
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbs avocado oil
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbs creole seasoning
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs hot sauce (franks works well)
  • 10 oz okra frozen and sliced
  • 14 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Instructions

    Turn on the Instant Pot’s saute setting.

    Add 2 tbs of avocado oil and andouille sausage.  Cook andouille sausage until browned, stirring frequently.

    Add in chopped celery, onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Continue to cook on the saute setting, until softened. Turn off the sauté feature.

    In a separate pan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and stir continuously, paying careful attention not to burn. You will want to keep cooking for about 10 to 15 minutes to create a thick, brown color roux. Remove from heat once ready.

    Add the roux to the vegetable and sausage mix, combine well. Add chicken broth, hot sauce, creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, okra, canned crushed tomatoes. Cover and lock the lid. Cook on manual high for 10 minutes.

    Choose a fast release. Remove the lid. Turn on the saute setting again. Add in the shrimp and cook an additional 5 or more minutes until the shrimp is completely cooked. Turn the Instant Pot off.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 808Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 344mgSodium: 4952mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 47g

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Does Gumbo Have Tomatoes?

Some gumbo recipes do include diced tomatoes, while others do not. This Instant Pot Gumbo recipe does not call for tomatoes, but feel free to add them if desired.

Make Instant Pot Gumbo Today!

Enjoy your Gumbo Instant Pot recipe. It has an amazing flavor and is the best gumbo to make in your pressure cooker.

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