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5 Instant Pot Favorites for Mardi Gras

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.

1. 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.

Cajun Jambalaya
Photo by thedailygourmet

More: Try these recipes for homemade Creole seasoning and Cajun seasoning mixes.

2. 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.

Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken
Photo by fabeverydayblog

3. 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.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

4. 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.

Red Beans and Rice
Photo by ~*MyHotSouthernMess*~

5. 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.

Cajun Meatless Red Beans and Brown Rice
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

More: See our entire collection of Instant Pot recipes.


About Vanessa Greaves

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