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Easy Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

This Easy Gumbo Recipe Has the Flavor of a gumbo that you've spent hours preparing. Ready in about 45 minutes, this is a weeknight dinner recipe you'll want to keep on your meal plan rotation.
Cuisine Creole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 954kcal


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning or Cajun seasoning
  • 3 cups chicken broth heated
  • 1/2 pound shrimp medium and deveined
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage fully cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced okra or one 10 ounce package frozen cut okra
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • Tabasco sauce


  • For roux, in a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven combine flour and oil, stir till smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir about 15 minutes or till roux is dark reddish brown.
  • Stir in onion, celery, peppers, garlic, black pepper, creole seasoning and ground red pepper. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or till vegetables are just crisp-tender, stirring often.
  • Gradually stir in hot chicken broth, sausage, okra, and bay leaves. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or till okra is tender. Stir in shrimp and cook until done, about 2 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Serve in bowls with rice. Finish with a few shakes of Tabasco Sauce.


How do I know when the roux is done? Once you start cooking the roux, stir it often. The flour and oil mixture will turn to a red brown color and will take on a nut-like odor.
Can I freeze this gumbo? Yes, simply place the soup (minus the rice) in an airtight container. The gumbo will keep in the freezer for 4 - 6 months. Gently reheat it on the stovetop in a saucepan when ready to eat. Freeze rice separately.
Ingredient Swaps: Switch out the shrimp with chicken. You'll just have to add the chicken a little sooner, as it will take a bit longer to cook. Small chunks should take about 10 minutes.


Calories: 954kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 1606mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 4mg