Bubba’s Shrimp Gumbo

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Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup butter (2 sticks), plus 1 tablespoon
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup sliced fresh okra
3 cups shrimp stock
2 cups bottled clam juice
1 cup chopped canned tomatoes with juice
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked smoked sausage, sliced diagonally
2 pounds shrimp, cleaned and deveined
Serving suggestion: Cooked white rice





In a large heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt 1 cup of the butter. Add the flour, and cook on low heat until the roux is dark brown; about 30 to 45 minutes, stirring constantly. *Cook’s Note: Brown does not mean burnt; if you burn the roux you have to throw it out and start over again.

Add the onions, celery, peppers and garlic and saute until translucent.

Mix in the okra and the remaining ingredients, including the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, and simmer over medium-low heat until thick, about 1 hour. Before serving, remove the bay leaves. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve over white rice, if desired.

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By charles lewis on April 14, 2013


I hope you don't mind. We found this recipe through Pinterest and shared it with out community. Let me know if this is OK smile. Thanks again love the recipe!

By Brad on April 08, 2013


Perfect for a cold snowy night. I added more okra, green pepper, onion and tomatoes. Less shrimp and it turned out great. So easy and so good. I will definitely make again and will add even more veggies. As far as the roux goes, just watch carefully even at the end. I made my roux earlier, sat to the side and added the veggies later in the day. Couldn't find shrimp stock but just used seafood stock instead.

By Cindy on February 16, 2013


Please add a recipe for shrimp stock!

By Katie on February 10, 2013


Excellent recipe!!! I fixed this dish for my entire family and they absolutely loved it. I am not a great cook and was a little nervous at first. This recipe is super easy and turned out wonderful. Thanks so much...

By Lashonda Johnson on February 04, 2012


Made this last night. I was really nervous about the roux but it turned out great. Was not as hard as I thought it would be! My father is a huge gumbo fan so it was the ultimate test to see if he liked it... he loved it! This is definitely a recipe worth trying out! Thanks Paula (and Bubba)!

By kacie3h on January 17, 2012


I Love u Paula

By LovableJ302 on August 07, 2011


By Shwaun Brown on July 13, 2011


Made this last evening for my older daughter, herhuband, my husband, and myself. It was DELICIOUS!! Knew it was going to be becaue it was from Paula and her clan.

By Anonymous on February 05, 2011


By ZahraP08 on April 17, 2010


Serve this to my bocce league and was a big hit. Came home with an empty the pot. Worth the time it took to watch the roux. Thanks for putting a little Paula in PA. smile Dina

By Anonymous on January 17, 2010


Great recipe! My husband and I wanted to try something new for Christmas, and this meal exceeded our expectations. Nursing the roux is key for this recipe. Dinner was a delight. jules

By Anonymous on December 25, 2009


By Anonymous on December 24, 2009


I'm from N'awlins..so i know my gumbo! This recipe is really GREAT! I like to add a combo of different shell fish to mine...Thx Paula .. and UB!!!

By Anonymous on December 03, 2009


I'm in the middle of cooking it right now! I tasted it and it tastes great! I like my Gumbo with a little kick to it so I added a bit more of Cajun Spice & pepper.

By Anonymous on November 26, 2009


paula i love this one. my wife said paula deen is the best, we love you blessings. louis

By Anonymous on November 04, 2009

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