This may be the best gumbo I've ever made. The mushrooms cook down into a decadent dark broth that makes this reminiscent of a traditional gumbo. There is no oil but we still toast up some oat flour to give our gumbo a thick broth and add another depth of flavor.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: gumbo, instant pot gumbo, mushroom gumbo, no oil gumbo
1/2teaspooncayenne pepper powderor use more if you like it hot
Salt or Salt Substituteto taste
2cupssteamed brown rice
Heat the water on high saute in your Instant Pot. Once hot add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the bell pepper, celery, and garlic, saute 3 minutes more.
Add in the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are cooked down and the liquid is dark and it's not watery anymore. We are making a rich broth that will be the flavor base of our gumbo. Turn the saute off.
Next add the water, okra, bay leaves, vegan bouillon cube, nutritional yeast, marjoram, smoked paprika, regular paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper powder. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
While the gumbo is cooking we will toast the oat flour in a saute pan on the stove. Cook over medium low to medium heat, stirring continuously to make sure it does not burn. They key to a good flavor is to slowly toast the flour.
Once the flour is about 2 to 3 shades darker, remove from heat and place in a bowl.
Release any additional pressure on your Instant Pot manually, because some of it could have released while you were toasting the flour.
Remove the lid and dip out about 1/2 cup of the gumbo broth and add it to the bowl with your toasted flour. Mix well. If there are a few pieces of oat floating around don't sweat it. It will still incorporate into your gumbo.
Mix the slurry into the gumbo and add salt or salt substitute and pepper, to taste.
Ladle up in individual bowls and plop a 1/2 cup steamed brown rice in. You can serve with hot sauce on the side.
To make this extra special stir in some chopped greens when you are adding salt.Or make it heartier by adding tofu cubes, crumbled tempeh, or even hearty veggies like cauliflower, carrots or potato in the Instant Pot when you are adding the okra.