Delicious Shrimp and Okra Gumbo Recipe

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Delicious Shrimp and Okra Gumbo Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on September 17, 2023

Enjoy the rich flavors of Louisiana with this classic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo. Made with a flavorful roux, fresh shrimp, and okra, this dish is perfect for any occasion. Serve it over rice for a hearty and satisfying meal that will transport you to the deep south. This recipe is easy to follow and will impress your family and friends with its authentic taste.


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound fresh okra, sliced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken or seafood broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the flour to the pot and stir continuously until a dark brown roux forms. This process may take about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, celery, and minced garlic to the pot. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
  4. Add the sliced okra to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the diced tomatoes, chicken or seafood broth, bay leaf, dried thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the gumbo for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the shrimp to the pot and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
  8. Stir in the chopped green onions and remove the pot from the heat.
  9. Serve the gumbo over cooked rice, garnished with fresh parsley.
  10. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Gumbo is a traditional Louisiana dish that has its roots in West African, French, and Spanish cuisines.
  • The word 'gumbo' comes from the West African Bantu language, meaning 'okra'. Okra is a key ingredient in gumbo and helps to thicken the stew.
  • Gumbo is often served during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and is considered a staple dish of Creole and Cajun cuisine.
  • Louisiana is known as the gumbo capital of the world, with many variations of the dish found throughout the region.
  • Gumbo is typically served with rice, which helps to soak up the flavorful broth.