New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

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New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

This is a simple version of New Orleans Seafood Gumbo.

Find the biggest (shrimp) you can for this recipe. In Louisiana, their shrimps are the size of lobsters! Not really - but they're big ;-)

The gumbo is thickened by the okra cooking down.

It makes a great meal if you serve it with rice and peas - just add some frozen peas to the rice water for the last few minutes - around 8 ozs will do.

I sometimes add frozen sweetcorn and pea mixture and also a smidge of tomato puree and a dash of cayenne or chilli powder to make it a bit spicy - depends on the taste of who is eating - some kids don't like very spicy food.

Seafood Gumbo

2 tbspns oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, seeds removed and diced
1 green pepper, seeds removed and diced
8 oz (250g) okra, sliced
14 oz (400g) canned plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tspn allspice
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
1lb (500g) peeled shrimp - large

Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic until softened.

Add the peppers and okra and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, allspice and cayenne pepper and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the gumbo is thickened.

Add the shrimp - heat through and serve with boiled rice.

A great, quick version of Seafood Gumbo.

For other versions, check out the Seafood Soup button. 50 Fish and Seafood Soup Recipes

Cook's Notes

There must be thousands of variations for seafood gumbo. Each region has its own recipe and the families who live in the region will have their own little tweaks that they add to make it their own. 

It is basically a seafood stew, normally a tomato base and then it has vegetables added to it. It's a one pot meal which is simple to put together and needs minimal supervision, so it cooks whilst you get on with something else. 

The fish element of the gumbo will not need a lot of cooking as seafood cooks very quickely - a few minutes will be all it needs. 

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New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

By , Mar 21, 2017

New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

One pot cooking at its best - New Orleans Seafood Gumbo.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: shrimp, okra,