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A white boClassic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo in a white bowl

Classic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Course: Cajun
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Creole, Gumbo, Shrimp
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 329kcal
This Classic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo relies on several key features: a dark roux, a really good shrimp stock, file, and Crystals Louisiana hot sauce. I've been making this gumbo for a long time, and it is a household favorite without a doubt. A NOLA classic in your own kitchen!! So good!
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  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • lbs okra sliced 1/4" thick
  • 2 large yellow onions chopped
  • large green bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4 quarts Shrimp / Crab Stock click for full recipe
  • cup Crystal Hot Sauce
  • cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Creole/Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes drained and roughly chopped (I use my hands to crush them as I drop them into the pot)
  • 1 tbsp filé powder
  • 2 lbs shrimp medium, peeled and deveined
  • cooked rice
  • Scallions sliced, for garnish


  • In a large pot (preferably Dutch oven), heat oil over medium-high heat and slowly whisk in flour. Cook and whisking constantly until a brown roux forms, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Carefully add okra, onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add stock, hot sauce, Worcestershire, Creole/Cajun seasoning, salt, cayenne, bay leaves, tomatoes and file and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  • Add the shrimp in the final 10 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  • Serve with hot cooked rice and garnish with scallions.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1426mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1283IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 333mg | Iron: 6mg