Recipe: Instant Pot Gumbo with with Chicken, Shrimp, Sausage & Okra

Hello, it’s been a while. One of the positive things with the current pandemic is having the time to cook again. Like many people, I invested in an Instant Pot with the intent of cooking more. That didn’t happen. Fast forward to present day with much time staying safe at home, I decided to finally learn how to use my Instant Pot. Below is the recipe of my first gumbo ever. I made modifications to recipes I’ve seen and added ingredients to my liking.


  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Servings: 6-8


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 8 ounces canned tomato sauce 
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled
  • 1 pound fresh okra, sliced
  • 1 cooked smoked or hot sausage link, sliced
  • 4 cups of cooked rice


Prep chicken, onion, garlic, tomatoes

  1. Cut chicken thigh into 3 inch pieces, set aside
  2. Chop and mince onion, garlic, tomatoes, set aside in a separate bowl

Saute chicken and ingredients

  1. Press “Saute” on Instant Pot
  2. Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. When oil is hot, add chicken, cook until brown, then remove with a spoon
  3. Add rest of vegetable oil, flour, all the spices and seasoning (garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder), stir constantly and cook for 5 minutes
  4. Add onion, garlic tomatoes, cook until softened, press “Cancel” on Instant Pot
  5. Add chicken, tomato sauce and broth to pot
  6. Select “Manual” and cook gumbo at high pressure for 20 minutes

Cook rice and prep okra, sausage, shrimp (while gumbo is cooking)

  1. Cook 4 cups of rice in rice cooker or stove top
  2. Slice fresh okra and sausage into ½ inch pieces, peel and clean shrimp

Add remaining ingredients

  1. When timed cooking is finished, use quick release to depressurize the pot and press “Cancel” 
  2. Open pot lid, press “Saute”
  3. Optional: Add water to reduce the thickness of the gumbo
  4. Add okra and sausage, add shrimp when okra begins to tender
  5. Allow gumbo to boil and shrimp to cook 
  6. Taste test, adjust spices if needed before pressing “Cancel”

Enjoy over cooked rice!

Please show me how your gumbo turns out by tagging me on IG @martiwantsmore

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