How to Make Shrimp Gumbo

Shrimp gumbo is a big hit in most Creole areas, though the rest of the world seems rather fond of it as well. The mix of a spicy gumbo base with simple shrimp teases your mouth with a rich array of flavors. However, if you're looking for traditional shrimp gumbo recipes, always make sure they call for okra or file powder to act as thickeners.

Classic Cajun Shrimp Gumbo
Ingredients You Will Need:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/3 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups seafood broth (substitute with chicken, beef or vegetable broth)
2/3 cup peeled and chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup thinly sliced okra
2 lbs peeled, deveined, medium shrimp
2 cups cooked rice

Start the gumbo by creating some roux. Roux is basically flour and butter or oil cooked until light or dark brown. Add the oil to a heavy pot-one that fits at least three quarts-over medium heat. Heat the oil to boiling. Whisk flour into butter. Whisk frequently for six minutes to create a light roux. If the roux burns and has little specks floating in it, throw it out and start over. Remove roux from heat.

Add onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic to roux in pot. Place pot back on burner over low heat and sauté veggies, stirring frequently, for five minutes. Stir broth, tomato, red pepper, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, bay leaf and okra into pot. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Butterfly cut shrimp with a shallow slice down each back. Remove lid from pot and stir in shrimp. Cook until shrimp are firm and pink, about four minutes. Remove pot from heat and serve over cooked rice.

Makes eight servings.

Related Life123 Articles

Cooking shrimp is easy and cleaning it is even easier than you might think. Start with the freshest shrimp you can buy and with a good paring knife and some basic knife skills, you'll be serving up your favorite shrimp recipes in no time.

You'll be sure to impress your guests when you serve shrimp cocktail that's homemade with fresh ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions on
More Related Life123 Articles

A shrimp salad is a delicious treat for a hot summer day. There are many easy shrimp salad recipes to choose from, whether you want a classic shrimp salad or a grilled shrimp salad. Try one of these simple recipes for shrimp salad to see which one suits your fancy.

Understanding which ingredients to choose, as well as how to prepare them, will have you creating the perfect shrimp scampi sauce that will impress even the pickiest dinner partner.

If you're new to cooking with shrimp, you'll be happy to discover there are several easy shrimp recipes available. There are many healthy shrimp recipes which involve sautéing a few spices with onions, garlic and olive oil, then sautéing the shrimp and serving it over pasta. White sauces are also quite popular with shrimp.

© 2015 Life123, Inc. All rights reserved. An IAC Company