Shrimp Gumbo Recipe
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Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

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It's not Mardi Gras if you don't have gumbo! Enjoy this well-seasoned authentic gumbo, even if you're not from the bayou. —Jo Ann Graham, Ovilla, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen sliced okra
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons gumbo file powder
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 159 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 lean meat, 1 vegetable 1 fat


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and stir flour and oil until caramel-colored, about 12 minutes (do not burn). Add the celery, green pepper and onion; cook and stir for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the broth, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in the shrimp, okra, green onions and tomato. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in file powder. Serve with rice. Yield: 11 servings.
Editor's Note: Gumbo file powder, used to thicken and flavor Creole recipes, is available in spice shops. If you don't want to use gumbo file powder, combine 2 tablespoons each cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into gumbo. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Originally published as Shrimp Gumbo in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p73

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"This recipe was great! I have already sent it to several friends and relatives. I made it the day before Mardi Gras and followed the recipe exactly with the exception of 2 things. I did not have any green onions or gumbo file powder but the okra thickened the gumbo nicely and I didn't miss the green onions. I will have plenty of gumbo for the freezer. The fact that this gumbo is low fat as well as low carb was definitely appealing to this Weight Watchers member. Thank you so much, Jo Ann Graham! Happy Mardi Gras!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Hearty, delicious, and pretty healthy! Can' t beat that! I also had it with chicken added."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Loved it! Will make again for sure!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I followed the recipe exactly and I was really excited to try it, but once I did I was disappointed. I definitely felt like there was something missing. The flavors were just ok. I expected much more. Would not make again."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"This recipe was pretty good. I've tried cooking it a few times, each time making minor adjustments or additions to try and make it better suited to my family's tastes, but every time I make it it always feels like something is missing. It's not bad, but we won't be making it again."

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