Our 7 Best Mardi Gras Instant Pot Recipes

Our 7 Best Mardi Gras Instant Pot Recipes

When Mardi Gras comes around, it’ll be time once again to kick out all the stops and laissez les bon temps rouler! But there’s just one problem: Since Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, falls on a weekday, who has the time to cook and party?

Well, hold my Hurricane because have I got a solution for you: Pull out your Instant Pot to make these classic Mardi Gras favorites in a flash.

Instant Pot Cajun Jambalaya

Chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, and the “holy trinity” of onion, bell peppers, and celery get together in a classic Mardi Gras recipe that’s ready in about an hour — and that includes the time it takes to cook the rice and the jambalaya. Cajun and Creole seasonings amp up the heat and the flavor.

Instant Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken

This chicken, shrimp, and andouille sausage jambalaya has a quick 10-minute prep time and gets its kick from hot sauce. “Wow,” says Tim Jones. “I made this, and the family loved this jambalaya. The flavor was highlighted and the spices are just right. When I say spices don’t take it to mean spicy, I mean it to be flavorful. I would recommend just following the recipe.

Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Making this gumbo in an Instant pot multi-cooker will slash cook time, but this recipe doesn’t take shortcuts when it comes to including all the classic gumbo moves: you’ll make a dark roux (a gumbo must-have) and add onions, celery, bell peppers, and okra.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

The recipe calls for soaking dried red beans for 2 hours before cooking them in the Instant Pot, but several reviewers opted not to, and still loved the results. “I was thrilled it was so simple and delicious!” raves Mimi’s Kitchen. “I’m new to the instant pot and it gave me a whole new confidence. Yay!

Cajun Meatless Red Beans and Brown Rice

Try this meatless version of red beans and rice kicked up with Creole seasoning. The recipe calls for chicken stock concentrate, but you could easily substitute vegetarian bouillon instead.

Instant Pot Seafood Gumbo

I took one of my favorite gumbo recipes and converted it to cook in the Instant Pot,” says recipe creator thedailygourmet. “Chock-full of shrimp, scallops, and cod, it is cooked in a roux that incorporates Louisiana beer.

Instant Pot NOLA Red Beans and Rice

Diana71 shares this family recipe, saying, “This pressure cooker recipe has been converted from a family recipe that we’ve used for 40+ years. Our family had come across it while in New Orleans when I was a little girl. From what I remember, red beans and rice were always made at home on Mondays using leftover pork bones from the weekend meals. It’s deliciously flavorful and can be made as spicy as you’d like. I hope you love it as much as my own family does.” Reviewers agree, awarding it solid 5-star ratings.


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