Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo Recipe

Recently, I’ve really been trying to reintroduce more healthy foods into my diet.  Now that I’ve learned to cycle my reintroductions with my hormones, I’m finding it easier to be successful. When creating this Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo recipe, I decided to reintroduce cooked tomatoes. Happily, it worked out for me! The next step is to make an actual tomato sauce; but, I’m not that brave yet.

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Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo

Creating Instant Pot recipes is so much fun! I love taking foods that normally need hours to cook, and cooking them in less than an hour.  Most are as easy as tossing all of the ingredients into the inner pot, setting to cook, and then, having a fully cooked meal in minutes. This recipe has quickly become one of my absolute favorites.  It’s not a typical or classic gumbo recipe.  I’ve actually never had a gumbo with meatballs in it.  But, who doesn’t love meatballs?  Putting them in a gumbo seemed like a natural progression in my recipe creation.  Enjoy!


AIP Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

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  • 2 pounds okra, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 1/4 cup chicken or bone broth, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 package 26.46 ounce Pomi chopped tomatoes (omit for elimination AIP)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • salt, to taste
  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground pork or Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Place okra, onion, avocado oil and 1/4 cup broth into Instant Pot.
  2. Close lid.
  3. Press “Manual” button.
  4. Set time to 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cook.
  6. While okra is cooking, make meatballs.
  7. Combine all meatball ingredients and mix well.
  8. Roll mixture into small meatballs, about 1” in diameter. You should end up with about 16 meatballs.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Once okra has finished cooking, turn off Instant Pot and release pressure by flipping release valve to “Venting”. When all pressure is released, open lid.
  11. Stir okra mixture and press “Saute” button on Instant Pot.
  12. Cook, while stirring, for 10 minutes.
  13. Turn off Instant Pot.
  14. Add meatballs and the remainder of ingredients, except salt, to Instant Pot.
  15. Replace lid. Don’t forget to put release valve back to “Sealing”.
  16. Press “Soup” button and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  17. When done cooking, turn off Instant Pot.
  18. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  19. Open lid.
  20. Stir and salt to taste.
  21. Serve over cauli-rice or white rice.

Be sure to omit the tomatoes, if you’re elimination phase AIP. I promise, it will still taste wonderful without them.  I think you’re gonna love my Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo!  If you’re starting to make food reintroductions, consider getting a copy of Eileen Laird’s Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol.  I found it to be very helpful in teaching me to make reintroductions safely. Believe me, it’s not as easy as you think it’s going to be.  I even printed and laminated some of the pages for easy reference.  I still go back to them each time I reintroduce a new food.  It doesn’t hurt to review. You can pick up a copy HERE.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation.  Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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6 Replies to “Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo Recipe”

  1. Tara,
    OMG! This looks so good! It reminds me of a soup I used to eat with my mom when I was little. I HAVE to get me an InstantPot so I can try it. Keep the recipes comin! 🙂


  2. Hi Tara,
    This looks so good. I still have okra growing in my garden and just harvested a batch so I have it all on hand. It’s cool here today and this seems like it would hit the spot tonight.


  3. Would this work in a slow cooker? I don’t have an instapot. By the way, I just made the chuck roast recipe tonight that you just posted. So good. Thank you!

    1. Hi David, I’m pretty sure it would work in a slow cooker. You’re just going to want to be sure the meatballs are cooked through. I think somewhere around 4 to 5 hours would be sufficient. Let me know if you give it a go, and how it works out for you. I would love to tell others about it. I’m so happy you liked my chuck roast recipe! Yay!


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