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Instant Pot Gumbo

Traditional gumbo might be a lot of work, but this Instant Pot Gumbo is easy and tasty and so quick to make you can have it any time you get the craving!  Less than 10 ingredients and done in minutes!
overhead view of white bowl filled with brown rice and chicken and shrimp gumbo

Highlights

Tired of boring dinners? Why not whip up this super easy Instant Pot Gumbo that’s packed full of flavor?
 
Using chicken thighs, shrimp, and keeping the spices simple makes this a family friendly meal.  We love serving this up over some brown rice to make it even more nutritious and filling.
 
Creating a thickened soup in the Instant Pot can be tricky, but tapioca pearls work well in recipes like this as well as beef stew.  It may not be authentic, but I promise you, it is delicious.
 

tapioca pearls and cajun seasoning for information for gumbo

Ingredient Notes

  • Swap out chicken thighs for chicken breasts if desired
  • Tapioca pearls are a great gluten-free option for thickening soups
  • Use any brand of Cajun seasoning you like. I love spice blends because they are a quick and easy way to add flavor to recipes.

step by step making gumbo in the instant pot

Preparation Notes

  • I prefer my veggies very finely chopped in this recipe which can be done by hand or with a mini-chopper to make quick work of it.
  • Add everything except the shrimp when pressure cooking, the shrimp would overcook too quickly.
  • The shrimp is cooked after the pressure cooking is completed and the lid is removed.
  • To cook the shrimp, turn the pot to saute and once it is simmering add the shrimp and allow to cook through.

ladle full of shrimp and broth in instant pot

Equipment Notes

Recipe Notes

  • If you can’t find tapioca pearls, you can thicken the soup by adding a paste of flour and water or cornstarch and water to the pot at the same time you add the shrimp and let it simmer until thickened
  • If you enjoy a spicier gumbo, add more seasoning or add some chopped andouille sausage

white bowl of gumbo and brown rice with shrimpHow To Prep Ahead

  • Add all ingredients except shrimp to a freezer safe container or zipper bag
  • Store in fridge up to 3 days or freezer up to 3 months
  • To cook from frozen add 5 extra minutes of cook time plus an additional 1/4 cup of water
  • Continue with recipe as written after pressure cooking is complete

How To Store Leftovers

  • Let cool completely then store in air tight containers in fridge up to 3 days. 
  • I love using Souper Cubes for storing leftover soup in perfect portions!

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ladle full of shrimp and broth in instant pot

Instant Pot Gumbo

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Traditional gumbo might be a lot of work, but this Instant Pot Gumbo is easy and tasty and so quick to make you can have it any time you get the craving!  Less than 10 ingredients and done in minutes!




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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
10 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs chopped
  • 8 baby carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/2 small sweet onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons small tapioca pearls
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning blend
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz small shrimp peeled deveined and tail-off (thawed)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except shrimp to pressure cooker
  • Add lid, seal and set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes
  • Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release then release remaining pressure
  • Turn pot to saute and once it comes to a simmer add shrimp
  • Simmer 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through
  • Serve with rice or as desired

Notes

  • Optional:  thicken soup by adding a paste of flour/water or cornstarch/water to the pot when you add shrimp. Let simmer until thickened
  • Add more seasoning or some chopped andouille sausage for spicier gumbo
To meal prep:
  • Add all ingredients except shrimp to a freezer safe container or zipper bag, store in fridge up to 3 days / freezer up to 3 months.
  • If cooking from frozen add 5 extra minutes of cook time + an add'l 1/4 C. water
  • Continue with recipe as written after pressure cooking is complete

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3354IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Servings: 4
Calories: 172kcal

 

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