Shrimp and Okra Gumbo Recipe

This Southern classic is a delightful blend of flavors and textures that will transport you to the warm and welcoming ambiance of the Palmetto State. Indulge in a hearty bowl of this soulful dish, where succulent shrimp, tender okra, and an array of aromatic spices come together in perfect harmony. Whether you’re a seafood lover or a fan of comforting Southern cuisine, this recipe will guide you through creating a gumbo that captures the essence of South Carolina’s culinary heritage. Get ready to treat your taste buds to a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more. Let’s dive into the heart and soul of South Carolina with each comforting spoonful.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup okra, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (adjust to your preferred heat level)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Cooked white rice, for serving
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk continuously to make a roux. Cook the roux until it turns a dark caramel color, being careful not to burn it.
  2. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, celery, and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the vegetables become tender and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Cajun seasoning, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  4. Slowly pour in the chicken or vegetable broth while whisking continuously to avoid lumps. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and let the gumbo simmer for about 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop.
  6. Add the sliced okra to the pot and simmer for an additional 10 minutes until the okra is tender.
  7. Finally, add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes until they turn pink and are cooked through.
  8. Taste the gumbo and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  9. Serve the Shrimp and Okra Gumbo over a bed of cooked white rice. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
  10. Enjoy the comforting flavors of South Carolina with this irresistible Shrimp and Okra Gumbo. Each spoonful offers a taste of Southern charm that will warm your heart and satisfy your cravings.

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