Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (2024)

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Ready for some classic southern Louisiana food? This Gumbo recipe is cajun comfort food at its best. This stew (actually more of a soup) is full of spicy Andouille sausage and chicken served over rice. The best thing about this easy gumbo recipe is it’s made in a pressure cooker dramatically cutting cooking time. So now you can enjoy this classic cajun recipe is less time.

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Needing anEasy Gumbo Recipe?

I’ll be honest with you. Before now, I’d always been too afraid to make gumbo. It seemed too difficult to get the roux (mixture of browned/cooked flour and oil) right. I’d hear other people talk about how disastrous their gumbo was because they didn’t get the roux right. Unfortunately, they didn’t know it until after hours of cooking. So I just left it alone and went out for Gumbo.

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New Orleans Gumbo Secret

On a recent trip to New Orleans, I had my fill of gumbo. It was some of the BEST gumbo I’ve ever had. Even the airport restaurants served a mean bowl. If you haven’t been to New Orleans, you are truly missing out on some great food and a trip isn’t complete without beignets. I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like during my week there. You can see some highlights in these Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids andNew Orleans Restaurants articles. Another favorite wasred beand and ricewhich by the way is an even easier recipe than this one.

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During one of my meals, a group of food bloggers, restaurant staff, and locals started talking about New Orleans food and Cajun cuisine, especially gumbo. I was let in on a little secret that is the key to a successful gumbo. It’s all in the roux. That mixture of browned/cooked flour and oil needs to be just right. The type of oil isn’t that important. I used avocado oil for its high smoke point, but you can use olive oil, lard, butter, etc. The secret is you whisk constantly and then stir, stir, stir, until you get what looks like peanut butter.

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It’s not really peanut butter, but you know it’s right when the roux is the color of peanut butter. After I returned home, I tried it and it WORKED!!! I successfully made a great gumbo. I have since made this recipe several times and each time it comes out perfect.

How to Make Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Andouille Sausage, cut into 1/2” slices
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into 1-2” pieces
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Tomatoes, Diced
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Directions

  1. Set the pressure cooker to sauté (normal level) and add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Stirring often. Remove vegetables to a plate/bowl.
  3. Add the sausage to the pot and brown (without the lid) on both sides, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the sausage to the plate with the vegetables. Be sure to leave oil/drippings in the pan.
  5. Add the cut-up chicken thighs to the pot and brown on both sides, for about 6 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken and add to the plate with the sausage.
  7. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of oil and flour to the pot. Stir/whisk constantly and cook until the roux is the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add chicken broth to the finished roux in the pressure cooker. Whisk until incorporated.
  9. Add diced tomatoes, cajun seasoning, thyme, smoked paprika, cooked sausage, chicken, and vegetables to the pressure cooker. Stir well to combine.
  10. Add the pressure cooker lid and bring to pressure.
  11. Cook for 15 minutes on a manual setting and then allow to naturally release for 15 minutes.
  12. Release any remaining pressure and remove the lid from the pressure cooker.
  13. Taste the gumbo and add, as needed, sea salt and black pepper.
  14. To serve: place a 1/2 cup of white rice in a bowl and top with gumbo.

Pressure Cooker Gumbo

Cooking this gumbo recipe is made a lot easier in a pressure cooker. I use this Instant Pot Programmable 6 Quart Pressure cooker. I have this one instead of the Instant Pot 7-1 because I didn’t need a yogurt maker. That’s the only difference between the two. Using a pressure cooker allows me to make gumbo in less than an hour instead of 3-4 hours the traditional way.

Here are some other Instant Pot Recipes to try:

  • Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas Casserole
  • Easy Cuban Beef Picadillo Recipe

How to Change Saute Level on Instant Pot

To make your roux, you will be using the saute cook button on your pressure cooker. More than likely, your machine is set to “normal” temperature. Several readers have mentioned that they get a burn warning when the temperature gets too hot. If you find that this is happening to you, here is how to change the saute temperature level on your Instant Pot.

  1. Plugin your IP and press the “Sauté” button.
  2. Press the “Adjust” key to select “Normal”, “More” or “Less”.
  3. If you do not have an “Adjust” key, you can repeated press the “Sauté” button to go between the different temperatures.

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Gumbo Recipe Variations

There are different gumbo recipes out there, each a little different. I used Andouille sausage with a mild flavor. If you use a spicer sausage, add extra Cajun seasoning to your liking. The smoked paprika gives it a nice flavor and balance. I didn’t add okra to my gumbo because it’s out of season and frozen just isn’t the same. If you want to add okra, reduce your natural release time by 5 minutes after cooking. Add the okra and return the gumbo to sauté for 5-8 minutes or until the okra is soft. This will give you a nice texture without the okra getting gummy.

If you want a gumbo that is more like a thicker stew, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a cup/bowl and stir until lumps are gone. Then add that to the Gumbo after it’s finished cooking. Stir until well combined and the broth thickens up.

This recipe can be easily modified without a pressure cooker for a dutch oven or stock pot. Create the roux over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, and then slow simmer the gumbo. Easy Peasy!

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Yield: 12

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe (Instant Pot)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

This chicken and sausage gumbo is super easy to make using a pressure cooker. This version does not have okra.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Andouille Sausage, cut into 1/2” slices
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into 1-2” pieces
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Tomatoes, Diced
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Instructions

    1. Set pressure cooker to sauté (normal level) and add 1 tablespoon of oil.
    2. Once oil is hot, add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Stirring often.
    3. Remove vegetables to a plate/bowl.
    4. Add the sausage to the pot and brown (without the lid) on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage to the plate with the vegetables. Be sure to leave oil/drippings in the pan.
    5. Add the cut-up chicken thighs to the pot and brown on both sides, about 6 minutes.
    6. Remove chicken and add to the plate with the sausage.
    7. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of oil and flour to the pot.
    8. Stir/whisk constantly and cook until the roux is the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes.
    9. Add chicken broth to the finished roux in the pressure cooker. Whisk until incorporated.
    10. Add diced tomatoes, cajun seasoning, thyme, smoked paprika, cooked sausage, chicken, and vegetables to the pressure cooker. Stir well to combine.
    11. Add the pressure cooker lid and bring to pressure.
    12. Cook for 15 minutes on manual setting and then allow to naturally release for 15 minutes.
    13. Release any remaining pressure and remove the lid from the pressure cooker
    14. Taste the gumbo and add, as needed, sea salt and black pepper.
      To serve: place a 1/2 cup of white rice in a bowl and top with gumbo.

Notes

You can adjust the saute heat level on your Instant Pot with the "adjust" button or by pressing your saute button multiple times.

While cooking your roux, if it becomes clumpy, your chicken and sausage may not have rendered down enough. Add a touch more oil (a teaspoon at a time) and whisk to incorporate.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 914mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 20g

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About Nicky Omohundro

Nicky Omohundro is a travel and active family lifestyle blogger and social media influencer based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She shares stories, destinations, and ideas on food, family, health, and outdoor recreation to help families find their own adventures. Her spirit animal is a caffeinated squirrel fueled by coffee, real food, and the desire to seek new adventures.

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (18)Dendad

      Corn starch and water. Most Instant Pot recipes don’t do well with thick sauces.

      Reply

    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (19)Jane

      Sorry but I’m new to this blog but Gumbo isn’t a stew. My Sister-in-Law is Cajun and makes the best gumbo I’ve ever tasted. She doesn’t use tomatoes in it and it’s very liquidy – like a soup. She ladles it over rice and it’s magnificent.

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      • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (20)Terri Cole

        Nicky, In south Louisiana, tomatoes are not generally used. I make a great gumbo and have never used tomatoes. That said, I have eaten gumbo with tomatoes and loved it.

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        • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (21)M

          I actually cook okra down with a can of Rotel to add to my gumbo.

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      • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (22)Kayla

        Yes ma’am you are correct. To everyone else out there, for the love of God don’t add tomatoes lol
        The gumbo consistency that my family has always made is medium dark roux and a soup-like consistency but of course that all varies from family to family as does the spices they add. I feel like if you have a stew-like consistency, it’s like the train track analogy, you’ve gone too far lol good luck everyone.

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (23)Annette

      Gumbo is not stew-like. It is more like a soup.

      Reply

    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (24)Melissa

      The roux helps to thicken the gumbo but gumbo is not a thick stew. Two quarts of stock is not too much.

      Reply

  1. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (25)Diana

    Made this recipe and it was wonderful. Only addition was some shrimp that I cooked separate (was afraid it would overlook in IP). Corn bread and some brown rice….heaven!

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (26)Erica Matsumoto

      Hmm I’m thinking of trying the shrimp in IP

      Reply

    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (27)S. T. S.

      I was born and reared in Ville Platte (flat land for the non Cajuns. Lil)
      1) Okra gumbo uses tomatoes, but we’re not talkin’ traditional, everyday gumbo there. That’s a whole different kind of gumbo…probably good for a whole ‘nother episode!
      2) Cajun vs. Creole gumbo is another story. You maybe need to do some research. Paul Prudhomme cooks both (great roux making instructions & pictures of what color your roux should be for which gumbo. Chk your local library)
      3) My Mamma, or any self respecting Cajun, would not be using whole wheat flour or avacado oil. Brown rice, forget it (I prefer it, myself, but Mamma won’t hear it from me!)
      4) Powdered Sassafras leaves make Gumbo File’ (pronounced feelay). File is on every Cajun’s gumbo table & is sprinkled on bowls of hot gumbo over rice. What few seem to know is that my ancestors used (where the term “file’ gumbo” was derived) file’ to thicken a watery broth when added then simmered awhile. Also, once leftovers are refrigerated overnight, the broth will have thickened. Thus you may have to add broth to leftover gumbo.
      Cajun food came from poor, cook with what’s on hand, kitchens, usually with too many mouths to feed and too little $cratch to stretch to do it. When you see a $90+ total for the groceries you’ll need to prepare this dish, well you’re not cooking Cajun.
      Sorry to rain on your cooker parade but I’ll give you a roux hint that my sisters (all 4 of them) and families (men, somehow can make great Cajun food. Maybe cuz they aren’t limited by what’s expected of them) have begun using to speed up the process. They all seem to have become converts to premade roux that comes in a jar. Now while I have to say that I prefer to make my own, I cannot tell the difference in their finished gumbos and my own
      So please don’t give up, folks. There’s a wonderful world of Gumbo cooking out there w/o breaking your hearts or the bank. I think a jar of roux (which someone else has perfected & you don’t have too) is under $5, in 2018!!! Im sure there’s a number you can call where they’ll instruct you on what you “need” without breaking the bank. I can feed a family of six twice on a big pot of chicken gumbo & white rice TWICE for under $35. Don’t let making a roux hold you back. That’s the easy part. Promise. Search for Gumbo Roux online.

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      • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (28)Linda/Fl.

        TY! The only thing is I’m trying to avoid the “jars” as much as possible and knowledge allows. All that nasty garbage they add to preserve etc. it is not what I want in my body. A little more time and knowledge and you have the real deal and nothing else. Glad to know the diff. re. Okra since I didn’t have any on hand fresh or freezer; seems re. the freezer just as well. Now I don’t have to run to the store just head to the Kitchen get my bread loaves started and make Gumbo 🙂

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  2. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (30)Robbie

    One quart of chicken broth was more than enough. Why does your recipe ask for two? Did I do something wrong? My gumbo came out delicious using one quart.

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  3. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (31)alisha

    I might have missed this part but is the chicken skinless and De boned?

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  4. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (32)Liz Gooch

    Is it 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes or canned tomatoes? I wasn’t sure and just used canned, but drained, since that’s what I have used in other gumbo type recipes. Thanks!

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  5. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (33)Rick

    Made it tonight for a warming Halloween dinner vs the usual chili. Modified recipe for our tastes, (1/2 onion and 2x the green pepper) and it was perfect! I don’t like my veggies really soft so I barely cooked them in step 9, just a couple of minutes. They cooked up fine during the pressure cooking.
    I think it was a bit soupy and would make it with less chicken stock next time but my wife liked it soupy so to each is own. Next time I think I’ll try 1.5 qrts. Served with corn bread corn ? and it was a popular meal with the whole family. Thanks!

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  6. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (34)Ben

    Not a cook here by any stretch, but have eaten my share of gumbo (Home Made by Cajuns as well as Cajun wana bees and in some nice restaurants. Most of the time it has a muddy water look to it and tastes great! If you pour it over rice and still tell that the rice was white it’s not dark enough!

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (35)Terri Cole

      Great point Ben! Here in cajun country we either have baked sweet potatoes or potato salad with our gumbo. Thanks for the recipe Nicky, can’t wait to try it.

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      • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (36)Linda/Fl.

        Yummy the sweet potatoes sounds like a great companion!

        Reply

  7. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (37)McKell Hills

    Sorry, maybe I just didn’t catch it but are you cooking it in the IP on high or low for 15 minutes?

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  8. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (38)Jill

    So I am not much of a cook and this took a lot longer than it would take for most people, I am sure, but I am slow at cutting veggies etc. The end result was probably one of the best meals I have made. My husband loved it too and as a plus, I have tons of leftovers to freeze and enjoy at another time. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (39)Betsy

    5 minutes is not long enough to make a proper roux! I agree with those who don’t put tomatoes in gumbo.

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  10. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (40)M

    I guess it may be a matter of preference, Roux for gumbo needs to be darker than peanut butter, closer to fudge. That is when the flavor really comes out.

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (41)Don

      One should have several shades of roux in one’s Cajun or creole food vocabulary. Many Gulf Coast Cajuns will tell you, the lighter the roux, the darker the meat. (Game, duck, etc.). The darker the roux, the lighter the meat. (Chicken, fish, shell fish.). Be careful with darker roux. In burns in a flash. Don’t forget a little gumbo file, the ground leaves of the sassafras tree.

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      • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (42)Nicky

        Thanks for your advice Don. I didn’t know that about the lightness/darkness corresponds to the type if meat. I will definitely remember that. I’ve burnt my fair share of roux.

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (43)Melissa

      Definitely. I always wear dark brown shoes so as I stir the roux I’m checking to get a color match 😊 with my shoes. Peanut butter is a good color for an etouffee but too light for a gumbo-
      -New Orleans native

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  11. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (44)Cheryl Tang Smith

    I measured it according, but with 1/4 cup oil and the 1/2 cup flour , the roux came out like cookie dough. I added more oil…but still its not smooth like your pic.

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  12. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (45)Delilah

    Would love to try cooking gumbo in my instant Pot. I do a dark roux in the oven. Do you think if I made the roux separately and added it along with everything else it would do ok under pressure?

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  13. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (46)Robbie

    15 minutes prep time? Ha ha!

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  14. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (47)Mary

    2 quarts of chicken stock! Lot of liquid. Otherwise it was good. I also added shrimp.

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (48)Nicky

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe Mary. How much liquid did you use in your version? We like our gumbo a little soupier, so I’m curious how you recreated this for your family.

      Reply

  15. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (49)Julie

    Hi, I’ve made gumbo for most of my 60 years. My husband introduced me to the “roux in a jar”. This stuff is AMAZING! The chicken and sausage gumbo tasted exactly like my grandmother’s recipe and was so much easier because you don’t have to stand around waiting for the peanut butter color. Will leave a link- I am not affiliated in any way nor do i make any money off of any clicks from this post. Just sharing something that has made gumbo making an absolute breeze.
    Oh and don’t forget the potato salad. No true Cajun woman would serve gumbo without it. A lot of us place a scoop in our gumbo. Another must is using long grain rice.

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  16. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (50)Dorothy Wirth

    First: if there are tomatoes in your gumbo, your cook is from New Orleans.
    Second: your okra should cook down so much it thickens the gumbo and is unrecognizable.
    Third: my favorite Roux mix is by Tony Chacheres as is my favorite Cajun seasoning.
    Fourth: Long grain rice, always!
    Fifth: best made with the remains of a Cajun Fried Turkey and mild Manda Sausage

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  17. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (51)Lei

    What am I doing wrong? The last few times I’ve made this I get the burn warning on my IP. I think it’s from making the roux and even when I scrape the bottom of the pan I get this. I’m worried that I’m either not using enough oil or using too much flour. When I add it all in it just makes a very thick clump rather than a creamy roux. Once I get the burn it never comes to pressure but once I release pressure it’s cooked enough and tastes good but it’s just annoying that keep happening. Help, how do I do it with out getting that stupid burn warning?

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    • Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (52)Abby

      last time i made this, this happened to me! i noticed when i put the olive oil in, it basically disappeared because the bottom of the pot was too hot, making my flour clump up too! i’m going to try again and maybe let the pot cool down before starting my roux or cooking my meats separate! i hope this helps!

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  18. Easy Chicken and SausageGumbo Recipe (Instant Pot version) (53)Grace

    I made the gumbo last Sunday and my family loved it. I’m making it gain this weekend for a gathering, it is soupy with 2qt of soup but my family likes it soupy. Just like the other person, when I was making the roux it came out clumpy. Hoping it will not do that again. Follow exactly the measurements.

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