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Overhead view white bowl filled with Instant Pot Gumbo served with white rice.

Instant Pot Gumbo Recipe (Vegetarian/Vegan) 

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 5-6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Inspired by classic New Orleans gumbo, this Instant Pot Gumbo recipe is made with vegetarian ingredients and features fresh veggies, warm spices, and plenty of flavor!


Units Scale
  • 1 Tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 cloves
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped (~1 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika (plus more to taste)
  • 3 teaspoon Cajun spice mix (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup uncooked red lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Tabasco or cajun hot sauce (plus more to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen chopped okra*
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked white rice or cauliflower rice for serving
  • Optional Toppings: Chopped cilantro, diced jalapeno


Roux Ingredients*



Alternative Method – Stove top instructions are in the blog post.

Substitute Tips Okra -The okra can be roasted in the air fryer at 400 F for 8 minutes or 15 minutes with frozen okra.  Slurry – A slurry can be used in place of the roux whisking together 2 Tablespoons of water with 2 Tablespoons of arrowroot starch or cornstarch. 

Cooking Tips –  Don’t add salt to lentil gumbo BEFORE pressure cooking because it can ruin the texture of the lentils. Roasting the okra adds great texture and extra flavor to the gumbo, but is an optional step.

Storage Tips – Once cooled, the gumbo can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

  • Prep Time: 12
  • Cook Time: 15-20
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Cajan


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 192
  • Sugar: 8.9 g
  • Sodium: 653.3 mg
  • Fat: 2.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.7 g
  • Fiber: 7.9 g
  • Protein: 9.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Easy Gumbo, Soups, Stews, Quick Meal, Instant Pot Recipe, Instant Pot Meal