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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

"I like to add crabmeat to this hearty soup as well. Serve over rice with crusty French bread. Garnish with fresh parsley."
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2 h 15 m servings 394 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Calories:
  • 394 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 20.9 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 34.8 g
  • 70%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 230 mg
  • 77%
  • Sodium:
  • 270 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste and set aside. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the okra and saute for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato paste, tomato, onion, garlic, celery and green bell pepper and saute for 15 more minutes.
  2. Add the water and season to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer for 20 more minutes. Finally, add the green onion to the soup and stir thoroughly.

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Ditto to the reduced water. I also used the following spices: 2 parts salt 1½ parts paprika 1 part cayenne pepper 1 part white pepper 1 part black pepper 1 part granulated onion 1 p...

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The base recipe was ok - but in needed a lot of extra spices to make it flavorful. I did try this first before rating it - so that's what the 3 star is base on. After some adjustments I would ab...

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Ditto to the reduced water. I also used the following spices: 2 parts salt 1½ parts paprika 1 part cayenne pepper 1 part white pepper 1 part black pepper 1 part granulated onion 1 p...

Wasn't quite sure how to rate this recipe since it does need some doctoring, but the taste is delicious when all is said and done. I only used 6 cups of water (not 12!) to get right consistency...

I am constantly giving this recepie out. I changed a few things though. I only use half the water so it's more stew than soup. Also I use a premixed creole seasoning to season the shrimp a littl...

I incorporated many of the suggestions and it came out great. 1st (from a review that no longer is here?), if you use frozen okra, boil the okra a minute or two, then cook 50% longer than indica...

I'm on a budget and told myself I would only make this recipe with food I already had in the kitchen. So...I substituted a bag of Trader Joe's frozen pre-cooked shrimp (about $3) for the 2 lbs o...

Finally, something from this website that's really, really good. I used half the water as one person advised and used lots of cajun spices instead of just cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Exce...

Used 3 Cups water, 3 cups clam juice, 3 tbsp Old Bay, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, added 1/2 lb scallops and this was fantastic. When I make it again, will probably cook the okra a l...

Great recipe! I lived in New Orleans as a kid and have been looking for a great cajun gumbo recipe to match my memories of this delicious dish. I did reduce the water to only 8 cups and added Ol...

I have been looking for this magnificent recipe for 20 years. This is truly cajun cookin' people. Make it spicy! Also try using recipe for Seafood Gumbo Stock instead of water. http://soup....