The Real Deal Gumbo

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Cooking the okra separately before adding it to this shrimp gumbo lets you enjoy its silkiness without the sliminess. The soup—thickened with a roux (see step 2) and flavored with sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and Cajun seasoning—is a real traditional Cajun recipe, full of shrimp and perfect for serving over rice.

Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Difficulty: Easy

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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped okra, fresh or thawed frozen
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
4 cups chicken broth
3/4 pound andouille or other smoked sausage, sliced
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Salt and black pepper
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 cups cooked rice, for serving
Hot sauce, for serving





1. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the okra and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer slimy, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until it is a light chocolate color, about 5 minutes (this is the “roux”).

3. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth, sausage, and Cajun seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

4. Add the shrimp and simmer until they are pink and cooked through. Serve over the rice. Pass hot sauce at the table.

Publication: From PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE. Copyright © 2011 by Paula Deen. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Reprinted by permission.

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Ooooooo were gett'n it...SLEET.... 5:00 last night it took my Toyota a half hour to get the ice off my windshield... Sounds like a good day for "the real deal GUMBO" and corn bread!!! We eat out a lot and had some good gumbo, that we thought was great.. Now we don"t go out for gumbo !!!! ITS a 10 star rate!! Thank you, Paula, Luv ya Paula Wyckoff

By Paula Wyckoff on December 06, 2013


Um,,um,,um one of my husbands fav meals,,thanks Paula

By lisa Raby on September 06, 2013


Paula Deen I,enjoy watching your show.

By Tosha turner on March 07, 2013


I've gotta agree with W. Calary here. I lived in southern Louisiana for 13 years and learned pretty much all of those great cajun recipes. A roux in 5 minutes with the gumbo cooked for 20 minutes just isn't going to fly. A true gumbo takes hours and not minutes. Shrimp, andouille, crabs and chicken all are not unheard of in a gumbo. Also, what is gumbo without the file (fee-lay)?

By Bonnie N. on October 21, 2011


My daughter cooked this recipe for the family's annual cook-off. It won 1st place.

By Gloria on October 06, 2011


I love you Paula. I'm excited to try this Gumbo recipe. My step-dad is from Texas and refuses to log on to the computer if he has to give any info. So I told him I would fix this one for him. He would LOVE your website as much as I do. Thank you for making my meals a success. ~Kitty Franks, Seattle, Wa.

By shampoo on September 27, 2011


When do you add the Okra? I know you cook it first and set it aside but when do you mix it back into the gumbo?

By Penny McDonald on September 27, 2011

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