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A bowl of Shrimp Okra Gumbo with rice.

Shrimp Okra Gumbo

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A rich-tasting shrimp gumbo seasoned and thickened with smothered okra and vegetables.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


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Smothered Okra

  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen sliced okra, or 16 ounces
  • .5 cup chopped onion
  • .25 cup chopped celery
  • .25 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
  • 2 garlic pods, pressed
  • .5 teaspoon salt
  • .25 teaspoons of red cayenne pepper


  • 2 cus smothered okra from the above recipe
  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cups or 32 ounces of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • Kitchen Bouquet, optional
  • Fresh green onion and/or parsley to garnish, chopped


Smothered Okra

  1. Place a heavy pot on a burner and heat the oil.
  2. Add okra to the pot and cook on medium/low heat, occasionally stirring, being careful not to burn the okra.
  3. Cook until the okra is browned and no longer slimy, which takes about a half hour to an hour; add a small amount of water if the okra sticks to the pot.
  4. Add onions, bell peppers, celery, and tomatoes, and cook for 20 minutes or more until the vegetables are soft and browned some more; again, add a small amount of water if vegetables begin to stick to the pot.
  5. Stir in the garlic and let simmer for a few more minutes.
  6. Season with salt and red cayenne pepper. 


  1. Stir shrimp into smothered okra and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes on medium-low heat until the shrimp is cooked.
  2. Add chicken broth and water and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Pour small amounts of water if needed to adjust the thickness of the gumbo.
  4. Taste to adjust seasoning and add kitchen bouquet as a browning agent if gumbo is not brown enough.
  5. Serve hot gumbo in a bowl ladled over cooked rice.


  • The more okra you are cooking with, the more cooking time it takes to eliminate the slime.
  • Smother the okra ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer to save prep time for gumbo.
  • Before adding them to the okra, pass your hand through the shrimp to ensure they are free of shells and black veins.
  • Be sure to use a small amount of kitchen bouquet; it only takes a dab to brown, and you don't want to use too much, or it will alter the gumbo flavor.
  • Season gumbo with Cajun seasoning at the end of the cooking time.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Cajun
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