The Real Deal Gumbo Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 45 MINUTES

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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 garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb andouille or other smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 lb 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.

The Real Deal Gumbo


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