Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

September 8, 2009

With our abundance of fresh okra, DT requested I make gumbo.  So I immediately called my mom for her recipe from Tout de Suite A la microwave by Jean K Durkee circa 1977, because I know its so good.  She brought over the recipe and with her guidance we made a delicious okra, shrimp and sausage gumbo.  If you’ve never eaten or made gumbo run to the store now and by the ingredients I promise you will wonder were gumbo has been all your life, the deep dark flavors wonderful aroma ohh, I just wish words could describe.  Trust me on this one.

Ingredients: Roux: 2/3 cup oil, 2/3 cup flour, 4 cup measuring cup, 2 cups onion, chopped, 1 cup celery, chopped, 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped, 4 cloves garlic, minced, 1/4 cup parsley, chopped, 1/4 cup green onion tops, chopped. Approximately 1/4 cup water

To start the Roux, measure equal parts, flour and oil

Stir well

Then microwave in 3 minute increments

Stirring well in between, because you don’t want to burn the roux

Once it starts to bubble you know your getting close, but it still needs to be darker



Perfect, about 7 minutes

Then add in all your chopped onion, celery, and bell pepper, pressing them down, in the roux

Be careful because the roux is extremely hot

once they are thouroughly mixed, microwave another 3 minutes

Then add in your garlic, parsley and green onions, add water if you need to reach the 4 cup mark, I didn’t need any water

Mix well, and microwave another 2 minutes

At this point the roux will smell so good, it’ll make you want to slap your momma, and I almost did because she was helping me, and she can get a little bossy!! ha ha!! Love you Mom!

Now once your roux has finished in the microwave,

don’t slap your momma, instead add it too a large stock pot

Then add any leftover chicken stock from your sticky chicken, but if you don’t have that add 1 1/2 quarts water

Ingredients for the Gumbo: 1 cup sticky chicken drippings( if you don’t have this use chicken stock), 1 1/2 quarts water,  1 T salt, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 lbs shrimp, 1 link sausage, 4 cups okra

Then add in the water


and cayenne pepper

Mix well cover and put on high for about 10 minutes

Then add half of the okra, and cook another 10 minutes

then add the link of sausage, cook another 10 minutes

Then add the okra

and shrimp and cook another ten minutes

Then remove your sausage, slice and add back into gumbo

Serve over a bed of rice

Oh man! Oh Man, the men in your family will love you forever if you cook this.

Print This RecipeShrimp and Okra Gumbo

2/3 cup oil

2/3 cup flour

4 cup measuring cup

2 cups onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1/4 cup green onion tops, chopped

Approximately 1/4 cup water (optional, I didn’t need any)


1 cup chicken stock or sticky chicken drippings

1 1/2 quarts hot water

1 T salt

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 lbs shrimp

1 link sausage

4 cups okra, chopped

Mix flour and oil together in a 4-cup measure. Microwave on high 6 1/2- 7 minutes, stirring well in 1-2 minute increments, Roux will be dark caramel.  Then add onion, celery, and peppers, pressing them down in roux.  Microwave for 3 minutes, stir.  Then add green onion, garlic, and parsley, stir well and microwave 2 minutes.  Add hot water to bring mixture to 4 cup mark, (optional, I didn’t need to use any water).  Pour into large stock pot. Add chicken stock and hot water, cover and cook for 10 minutes, then add half okra cook another 10 minutes, then add the rest of okra and link of sausage, cook another 10 minutes, then add shrimp and rest of the okra cook for 10 more minutes. Remove the sausage, slice and return to gumbo.  Serve of a bed of rice.

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Brenda September 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I love gumbo, this looks a lot like my recipe


Laura September 8, 2009 at 5:46 pm

It was very delicious!!! I’ll boss you around again, if you are doing the cooking!!!


darnold23 September 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Gumbo! We love it at our house. Have you ever tried the premade roux? It’s not bad at all. I usually pour off all the oil from the top though. I would love for you to join me at for Crock Pot Wednesday. It’s easy, fun and economical! Come on over and check it out.


Cole September 8, 2009 at 8:14 pm

That look delicious!! Thanks for sharing!


angie September 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm

my kids cant stop raving about the gumbo they had down south


SarahHub @ Oakbriar Farm September 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Sounds great! I L-O-V-E okra!


Helene September 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

That looks seriously good! I’ve never had Okra before!


Jen of a2eatwrite September 9, 2009 at 1:43 pm

What a fabulous step-by-step post! I never thought of gumbo in a microwave – I’m going to have to try this! YUM! Happy WCW!


Catherine @ The Blonde Diaries September 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Yum! I haven’t tried to make gumbo myself but I probably should give it a try soon. I have a jar of roux to help get it started so I just need all the other ingredients.


darnold23 September 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Thanks for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday. I really appreciate it. I hope you will plan to join me each week. I think you have encouraged others to give gumbo a try. Thanks again.


Geri@heartnsoulcookng September 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

My son really likes Gumbo. THANKS!!! for the recipe. Geri


Mary September 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Not only does this look and sound fantastic, your tutorial is so good that we should all be able to make it. Thank you for taking the time to do that. I hope you are having awonderful day.


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e-Mom (Marilyn Dean) September 12, 2009 at 12:35 am

This looks (and smells) AWESOME. Fabulous recipe! Printing, thanks.

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Jane September 12, 2009 at 6:35 am

Wow, does that look good!



Nicole Feliciano September 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Divine! can I come over please! Can you make a double batch and freeze? Sorry I am late, checking in with all the chefs…busy week getting the kids back to school. Thanks so much for stopping in at Momtrends and sharing.


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