This vegetarian instant pot gumbo recipe is quick and easy to make. A wholesome vegan dinner that feeds a crowd. Rich in plant based protein, with the addition lentils, this gumbo is grain free, filling, and nourishing!
Hello friends. We’re continuing with more cozy soups and stews today! Bring on a house filled with the aroma of something delicious cooking on the stove! Or in this case, Instant Pot Gumbo with lentils. In case you need ideas, I listed 10 of my favorite healthy Fall soups here.
I will confess, I really did not know what cozy felt like until I moved to Utah. You see, Texas fall weather is usually in the 70s. The definition of “Texas cozy” is usually comfortable shorts weather. When we moved to Utah, cozy took on a whole new meaning. The air turned brisk and the nights were much colder. My husband and I found ourselves craving some sort of chili or spicy stew every night.
Which brings me to my next point, referring to nurturing. Enjoying the seasons best food in a healthier way. Nurturing mind, body, and soul. This Instant Pot Gumbo with lentils will do just that! It’s made quick, healthy, and grain free.
How do you Make Instant Pot Gumbo?
I never knew how much I could love a gumbo (or any stew for that matter) until I made a recipe with lentils, and in the instant pot! It took all of 15 minutes and is packed full of hearty flavor and nutrition. It’s like MAGIC!
For this instant pot gumbo, we’re replacing classic gumbo ingredient (rice) with lentils. Both take about 10 to 12 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker/instant pot.
Other than that, all you need!
- Sauté oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery for 5’ minutes on sauté setting, until softened and fragrant.
- Add spices and mix again for 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients (minus salt and pepper). Mix together.
- Place lid on pressure cooker then place setting on pressure cook high for 12 minutes. Natural release works best to make sure lentils are fully cooked.
That’s about it! But then there’s an option THICKEN the gumbo. More on that below.
How do you thicken Gumbo?
One way to thicken a stew or soup is with a roux or slurry. This mixture can be added at the beginning or end of cooking, just depends on the flour/starch you use. For this instant pot gumbo, I recommend a slurry (see bottom of post here) to be added once the gumbo has been cooked and is warming in the instant pot (or stove top).
More keto, gluten free, and grain free roux recipes here!
Don’t worry, there’s a speedy stovetop lentil gumbo option as well.
How do you Make Instant Pot Gumbo Vegetarian and Grain Free?
Simple! The key ingredient, of course, is lentils. Also known as pulses. Pulses are part of the legume family! But the term “pulse” refers only to the dried seed portion of the legume.
They are highly versatile when it comes to adding in more nutrients and dense texture to dishes! Plus, they are super affordable. You definitely get more bang for your buck.
Let’s take this lentil gumbo for example. I could have gone the traditional route and added in a meat, fish, and/or grain for protein and carbohydrate balance. But as you can see, I didn’t. Instead, this snappy Instant Pot Gumbo is packed with lentils spices, and vegetables! Still rich in protein, iron, B vitamins, and fiber! And bonus, it’s budget friendly!
Which makes this lentil gumbo suitable and satiating for hungry families, carnivores and vegetarians alike! My one pot Lentil Jambalaya is another family favorite. I guess you could say we have a thing for adding lentils to cajun food, right? Haha.
Bonus Nerdy nutrition fact about lentils :
Did you know that Lentils are one of the most alkaline plant protein sources? Which is important for balancing the body’s pH level!
What’s your favorite vegetarian instant pot soup or stew? Do you add dish to add lentils to everything too?
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This Instant Pot Gumbo recipe was sponsored (in 2017) by my friends over at USA Pulses and Pulse Canada. I’ve updated the content and recipe since then. Thank you!
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