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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Realtytrainer User ID: 2723253 260817
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"Excellent recipe. My picky husband flipped out over it. We will have this again and again. I used the Corn Starch and water to thicken it as I didn't have File' powder and it was fine. My husband added pepper flakes because he really loves spicy foods."

cimgraph User ID: 4094097 252136
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

"I made this about a month ago and we loved it! I'm making it again tonight. Added a bay leaf and can of chopped tomatoes.. Close to my mom's gumbo. I used fresh okra which adds more flavor, I believe. You can make it as spicy as you like. File' powder is always added last. It does help thicken the sauce. Yum! I forgot to add it is always better the next day...IF there is any left!!"

Chumley5 User ID: 6210995 243547
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!"

cadoste User ID: 8684580 240971
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

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

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 217692
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Loved it! Will make again for sure!"

bablack User ID: 7199376 171148
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."

Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 171142
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."

MCH22 User ID: 7194101 109861
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"I had been looking for a good Gumbo recipe for a long time. when I was given this one. after making this the first time all the Gumbo in my recipe draw was thrown away. the next day made copies and passed out to my co-workers. The one's who have made this swear the family was licking the bowl & begging for more. This is one yummy dish."

bthor User ID: 6439186 146100
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Simple to prepare and delicious"

SassyLacey User ID: 4962891 128339
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"I forgot to add that I did add bay leaf and a few drops of hot sauce. I also added no gumbo file and it was perfect for us."

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