- 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- 4 cups fresh or 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
- 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 okra.
- Cook until okra is no longer slimy and browned, which takes about a half hour to an hour; add a small amount of water if okra begins to stick to the pot.
- Add onions, bell peppers, celery, and tomatoes, and cook for 20 minutes or more until vegetables are soft and browned some more; again, add a small amount of water if vegetables begin to stick to the pot.
- Stir in garlic and let simmer for a few more minutes.
- Season with salt and red cayenne pepper.
- Stir shrimp into smothered okra and cook, often stirring, for 5 minutes on low heat.
- 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 over cooked rice.
- The more okra you are cooking with, the more cook time it takes to get rid of the slime.
- Smother the okra ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer to save prep time for gumbo.
- Pass your hand through the shrimp to make sure they are free of shells before adding them to the okra.
- Be sure to use a mall 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.
- 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.