- 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
- Place a heavy pot on a burner and heat the oil.
- Add okra to the pot and cook on medium/low heat, occasionally stirring, being careful not to burn the okra.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir in the garlic and let simmer for a few more minutes.
- Season with salt and red cayenne pepper.
- Stir shrimp into smothered okra and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes on medium-low heat until the shrimp is cooked.
- Add chicken broth and water and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
- Pour small amounts of water if needed to adjust the thickness of the gumbo.
- Taste to adjust seasoning and add kitchen bouquet as a browning agent if gumbo is not brown enough.
- 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.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Simmer
- Cuisine: Cajun
Keywords: shrimp okra gumbo, okra gumbo, shrimp gumbo, smothered okra, smothered okra for gumbo.