shrimp and okra gumbo

★★★★☆ 4
By Betty Campisi
from Kaplan, LA

This is one of my families favorite. We had a birthday this week and this was the request from the birthday girl. I let them choose what to fix that nite for their special day.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This isn't your typical roux based gumbo. The okra is what thickens this gumbo - very traditional for the older generation of Louisiana. The real flavor from cooking down all the vegetables is fabulous. The tomato pulls it all together. By adding them at the end, the shrimp are cooked to perfection. Pure southern Louisiana comfort food!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 4
serves 6-8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For shrimp and okra gumbo

  • 2 lb
    shrimp
  • 2 lb
    okra (sliced)
  • 2 md
    onion chopped
  • 1/4 c
    chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 c
    chopped celery
  • 4 Tbsp
    oil
  • 1 can
    small tomato sauce
  • 2 c
    water, warm
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make shrimp and okra gumbo

  • 1
    Mix okra, onions, bell pepper and celery in oil and smother for 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Add tomato sauce and water.
  • 3
    Add shrimp and season to taste.
  • 4
    Cook about 15 minutes. Can also add water, as needed, if consistency is too thick.
  • 5
    Serve with cooked rice.
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