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Okra Gumbo Recipe
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Okra Gumbo

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"Thickened with a roux, this vegetarian gumbo is rich with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers and okra."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, onion, and green bell pepper, and saute until tender. Stir in okra, mushrooms, diced tomatoes and their liquid, tomato paste, file powder, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 40 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stirring constantly, add flour, and cook 2 to 5 minutes, until a golden brown roux has formed.
  3. Spoon the roux into the okra mixture, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes, until thickened.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 31, 2003

I used Rotelle cubed tomatoes with chilies and they came out great. Took to a party and had several requests for recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2007

10/23/07 *orginal review*I was so excited, I finally found file powder. It was in the seafood section, near the counter. It comes in a 1.25 oz can similar to grated parmesan cheese. That being said, I gave this recipe a whirl. If you use file powder, I'd recommend omitting the tomato paste, because the end result is super thick. Also, it adds way too much tomato flavor and therefore hides all the other flavors. Also, I skipped the flour step, because I felt it was unnecessary. The final result was just okay, all I could taste was tomato. Next time, I'll use more green pepper and onion, and no tomato paste. *12/13/07* So I decided to give this another shot, and still no luck. I did fine making the roux, but it's the darn tomato paste. I should have left it out, AGAIN, but I wanted to retry the recipe step by step. My end result, again was a thick, flavorless glop of tomato mess. You would never know there is onion or green pepper in this thing. Sorry for the poor review, but I guess this recipe isn't for me. Thanks anyway.

Mar 23, 2009

When using roux and okra, there is no need to also add file powder. File is to be used without okra. They are both thickening agents and only one is needed. Usually okra is used with seafoods and file is used with chiken and sausage. Some people will add some seafood with their meats, but usually don't combine okra and file in the same dish....at least not in the real New Orleans.

Aug 27, 2008

okra takes the place if file. Commercial file powder is mixed with thyme. It gives a unique flavor to gumbo and thickens the mixture, but it must be used sparingly. Add powder to gumbo only after it is completely cooked and the stove heat has been reduced. Otherwise, the gumbo will become stringy and completely unpalatable. i added a bit of vegetable stock with the tomato paste and a jalapeno to spice it up.. DELICIOUS!!

Feb 22, 2004

This was good after I made changes. After following the recipe it was so thick that there was no need for the roux. I added it anyways, as well as 2 cups vegetable broth, and 8 oz more diced tomatoes. It seemed to be missing water to rehydrate the tomato paste. Good overall, though. I was glad to find a vegetarian alternative for gumbo.

Oct 23, 2007

Just a comment to Sinsgirl if you decide to give this recipe another shot. If you skip the flour step, you're not making a gumbo. The dark roux is key to this dish and it's where all of the flavor lies. Making the roux is a bit time consuming, but it's well worth the effort. Otherwise, you're just making an ordinary soup type stew. I personally don't use tomatoes in my gumbo. Give it another shot and I'm sure you'll see a huge difference in taste.

Dec 26, 2008

This was good. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that it really does need some liquid in the recipe. I added about 1 cup of vegetable broth. I also substituted fresh eggplant for the okra and omitted the powder. It was still delicious.

May 01, 2005

Not bad, but not super outstanding. I used a purple pepper instead of green (tastes pretty much the same) and I omitted the file powder because I couldn't find it at the store. I didn't have time to soak the sliced okra in milk (this really eliminates the stickiness), so the gumbo was pretty thick, and I didn't need to add any roux nor tomato paste. This is a good light lunch recipe. Thanks.


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  • Calories
  • 105 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 542 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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