Okra soup - Low carb and keto friendly, made in the Instant Pot
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Okra Soup with Ham - Instant Pot Recipe

This okra soup with ham and zucchini is easily made in the Instant Pot. It is a gluten-free and dairy-free soup that is great for a low carb or keto lifestyle.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Keto, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Ham, Instant Pot, Keto Soup, Leftover ham, Low Carb, Nut-free, Okra, Stew, Tomatoes, Zucchini
Servings: 6
Calories: 129kcal



  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil or other cooking oil
  • c Onions thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 cups Broth beef or chicken
  • 2 cups Water
  • cup Ham Cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups Okra bite-size slices (fresh or frozen are fine)
  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 ½ cups Zucchini thinly sliced in quarters
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil - for garnish Optional


  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute mode and heat 1 tbsp of avocado oil.
  • Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until aromatic. Add the ham and stir fry for 2 -3 minutes until it begins to brown a bit.
  • Add the okra, broth, water, and tomatoes. Turn the Instant Pot to soup mode for 6 minutes and make sure the sealing valve is closed. Once the Instant Pot has gone through the soup cooking cycle, you can manually release the pressure. The total time to get to pressure then release was 22 minutes in my 8qt IP-DUO with using frozen okra in the recipe.
  • Carefully open the Instant Pot and add the sliced zucchini. Turn the IP to saute mode for 5 minutes.
  • At this point, your soup is finished and ready to be served.
  • Garnish with fresh basil. (optional)


Be sure not to skip the step to saute the onions, garlic, and ham. This step adds a lot of flavor to this soup!
Ham is a salty meat and broth is also salty, this means you won’t need to add a lot of salt. Perhaps wait until the end to see if your soup needs added salt.
I recommend waiting to add the zucchini until after the soup cycle has finished. Zucchini cooked under pressure becomes very mushy.