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Simple and Easy Gumbo Recipe

This simple and easy gumbo recipe came from me wanting to surprise my Louisiana-bred husband one day with one of his favorite dishes.

Here’s the thing, the idea to make said gumbo came at the spur of the moment while I was driving home from work. If you’ve ever watched or made true gumbo, you know it’s some WORK. We’ve shared my aversion to the kitchen before, so I had to come up with a plan E for Easier.

I’m sharing a recipe that got 2 thumbs up from the Mister (who doesn’t know it’s simple and easy…SHHH!!!!).

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Simple and Easy Gumbo RECIPE

I cook this in a stockpot as it’s easy to prepare everything in one dish, refrigerate and reheat as necessary.

Simple and Easy Gumbo
Yield: 4 people

Simple and Easy Gumbo

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A simple gumbo recipe for beginners or if you're short on time.

Ingredients

  • Half a stick of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 can of cut okra
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 10-12 ounces of tomato juice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 can of boned chicken
  • frozen onions and green pepper mixture
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cajun seasoning, can add more if you'd like a little more kick
  • 3 cans of crab meat
  • chopped smoked sausage
  • shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon file'

Instructions

  1. Melt half a stick of butter in a stockpot with flour to create a roux. (The roux thickens sauces and soups)
  2. Once the mixture is color peanut butter add all items except seafood, smoked sausage, and file'.
  3. Bring the mixture to boil and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir and add seafood and smoked sausage. Simmer for 30 more minutes.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of file'.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes before serving.
Viola! The entire brood devoured this simple gumbo recipe.  Definitely a winner and one we’ll be adding to the rotation – especially during the winter months. (And leftovers are even more scrumptious!) While this dish takes approximately 90 minutes to make, there’s very little prep work. I cooked while helping my son with his homework and making the cornbread we had to go along with our gumbo.

What are some of your favorite cold-weather dishes? During the colder months when it gets dark earlier and earlier, it is important for me to have simple staple recipes that are filling.

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Michelle D. Garrett is the founder of Divas With A Purpose. She focuses on sharing resources for being purposely productive; setting personal and professional goals and achieving them through daily action; and successfully running a business while focusing on your mental health. Michelle is a full-time entrepreneur who specializes in teaching female entrepreneurs how to show up consistently in their business – online and off.

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Cherith Fluker

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

This looks delicious! I will be making this soon!

Krayl Funch

Thursday 12th of March 2015

You are making me hungry and its only 9:00am! Can't wait to dive in!

Michelle Meche

Sunday 8th of March 2015

Yes, gumbo isn't usually a spur of the moment thing--and that's too bad when you get a big craving for it! I like how you've taken what can be an all-day dish and made it into something manageable for a weeknight. Love the crab in it too! You've given me the idea to put my own teenager to work making cornbread while I get the rest of supper together.

Gumbo is one of our favorite cold weather dishes. Thank you for stopping in and linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week! Now following you on Pinterest and G+

Miz Helen

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

Your Gumbo and Cornbread look awesome! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

Lou Lou Girls

Monday 2nd of March 2015

Super yummy recipe! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Have an amazing day! Lou Lou Girls

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