Take a trip to the Big Easy with this Easy Gumbo Recipe! This big pot of love is filled with hearty ingredients that are so filling and satisfying! Bet you can’t have just one bowl!
If I asked my mom what we were having for dinner when I was a kid, and she responded with “mangia” I knew it was going to be a bad night. To my mom, mangia meant whatever she could find in the fridge was simmered together in a large stew pot. I still shudder when I hear those words. I never liked my mom’s definition of mangia.
While I believe Gumbo tastes infinitely better, a Gumbo is very similar to the mangia I remembered as a kid. Gumbo is a hodgepodge of ingredients that work harmoniously together to create a satisfying and flavorful dish. Gumbo is one of those hearty dishes that will hold almost anything. You can throw in chicken, shrimp, a variety of sausages, crawfish, firm, white fish and a whole bunch of veggies and still call it a gumbo.
A good gumbo starts with an oil-based roux. I used extra virgin olive oil that I whisked together with flour to create a deep, rich, ultra-flavorful base for this gumbo recipe. The robust olive oil has a full-bodied flavor that works perfectly as the first layer of this dish. It is low in acidity yet has a spicy, bitter character that works well with the mild okra and seafood in this dish.
Traditionally, gumbo is served with a heaping spoonful of rice that is stirred into the gumbo upon serving. Since this is a hearty dish and I love keeping things healthy and light I added Freekeh. Freekeh is a sturdy, “ancient grain” that is essentially wheat which has been harvested young. It is a nutritional powerhouse as it is low in fat but high in protein and fiber. It holds up to the brothy gumbo and all it’s abounding seafood.
This gumbo feeds a crowd, no doubt, but everyone in that crowd will walk away full and happy! Love this recipe? Then you should try my Cajun Shrimp Mac and Cheese or Cajun Chicken and Sausage Cassoulet.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup frozen, carrots, onion, and pepper mix
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Dash of hot sauce (optional)
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup frozen chopped orka
- 8 oz sliced andouille sausage
- 8 oz lump crab meat
- 1 lb shrimpe
- Cooke freekah or rice
Heat a stock pot or large deep skillet over medium heat. Add oil, followed by flour and whisk continuously until mixture is thick and darkens (about the color of peanut butter).
Stir in veggie mix. Season with thyme, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Stir in garlic and tomato paste.
Add chicken broth and tomatoes to the veggie mixture; stir. Add okra and sausage.
Bring mixture to a low boil. Allow gumbo to cook for 30 minutes. Add cod, crabmeat, and shrimp, cook another 5 minutes. Serve with freekeh or rice.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 346 Total Fat 21g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 14g Cholesterol 63mg Sodium 1550mg Carbohydrates 25g Fiber 4g Sugar 8g Protein 16g