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Shrimp Gumbo

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Shrimp Gumbo
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 4
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Enjoy Creole-style dinner with this flavorful hearty gumbo made with shrimp and veggies – ready in just an hour!

Ingredients

2
tablespoons oil
2
tablespoons all purpose or unbleached flour
1
cup chopped onions
1
cup chopped celery
1
medium green bell pepper, chopped
3
garlic cloves, minced
1
(14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1
(14 1/2-oz.) can ready-to-serve fat-free chicken broth with 1/3 less sodium
1 1/2
cups sliced fresh okra (about 8 oz.)
1
teaspoon dried Cajun seasoning
1
lb. shelled deveined uncooked medium shrimp

Directions

  • 1 Heat oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. With wire whisk, stir in flour; cook about 5 minutes or until mixture turns medium brown, stirring constantly.
  • 2 Stir in onions, celery and bell pepper; cook about 4 to 5 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently.
  • 3 Add garlic; cook and stir 30 to 60 seconds or until softened. Add tomatoes, broth, okra and Cajun seasoning; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; partially cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.
  • 4 Add shrimp; cook an additional 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. If desired, serve with hot cooked rice.
Tips  

Gumbo is one of the stars of Creole cuisine. Classic gumbo reflects key Creole ingredients and preparation methods. It starts with a brown roux, or cooked fat-flour mixture, and it is seasoned with diced onions, celery and green bell pepper. Creole chefs call this combination of aromatic vegetables the holy trinity.

Okra flavors and thickens many gumbo recipes. Fresh or frozen okra works equally well in this recipe.

To keep the oil and flour mixture from burning, use your heaviest Dutch oven or saucepan and whisk constantly while browning the roux.

To make Chicken Gumbo, omit shrimp and use boneless skinless chicken thigh meat cut into 1-inch pieces. Add chicken pieces along with the tomatoes.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
80
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
(
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
)
Cholesterol
165mg
55%
Sodium
670mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate
20g
7%
(
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
,
Sugars
6g
)
Protein
22g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
50%
50%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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