Gumbo comes to us from Louisiana and is part of the states foodie heritage. Gumbo is made up from a rich stock and can have a variety of vegetable and meat ingredients but the "holy trinity" of vegetables (onions, celery, and bell pepper) is considered to be most authentic. Protein in the gumbo can be anything from shrimp, to sausage, to chicken. You'll even find alligator gumbo. The gumbo is thickened with one of three things: file powder (ground sassafras leaves), roux, or okra (a vegetable known for its thickening agent). Gumbo, like chili and barbecue sauce, has strong believers in "right" and "wrong" ways to make it. Our suggestion is to try some recipes and see what you like!
Florida Gumbo Ingredients: butter or margarine, celery, green bell peppers, onions, all-purpose flour, tomatoes, fish fillets, blue crab meat, shrimp, oysters stovetop
Bayou Gumbo Ingredients: tomatoes, pepper, red cayenne pepper, garlic, green bell pepper, onion, okra, smoked sausage, oil, flour stovetop, crock pot Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 469 calories, 20g fat, 50g carbs, 22g protein.
Cajun-Style Fish Gumbo Ingredients: hot sauce, salt, black pepper, real or imitation seafood mix, tilapia filet, bay leaf, okra, salmon filet, tomatoes stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 561 calories, 29g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein.
Cajun Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo Ingredients: Andouille sausage, diced tomatoes, clam juice, cayenne, oregano, bay leaves, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 578 calories, 34g fat, 43g carbs, 23g protein.
Smoked Sausage Gumbo Ingredients: carrot, celery, green bell pepper, onion, Polish sausage, olive oil, all-purpose flour, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, dried oregano stovetop, crock pot Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 599 calories, 33g fat, 57g carbs, 19g protein.
New Orleans Shrimp Gumbo Ingredients: garlic, green bell peppers, celery, white onion, tomato paste, olive oil, okra, flour, long grain rice, shrimp stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 528 calories, 10g fat, 77g carbs, 34g protein.
Alligator or Crocodile Gumbo Ingredients: cayenne pepper, stewed tomatoes, okra, green bell pepper, celery, red bell pepper, garlic, green onions, parsley, butter stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 432 calories, 31g fat, 18g carbs, 23g protein. Recipe is: Low in carbs.
Seafood Gumbo Ingredients: water, red pepper, salt, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, bay leaf, tomatoes in juice, garlic, celery, green onions crock pot, stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 172 calories, 8g fat, 10g carbs, 15g protein.
Spicy Cajun Gumbo Ingredients: Boneless, skinless chicken cut into strips, chicken broth, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning, onion, Red and Green Bell Peppers (chopped), corn, garlic, olive oil crock pot Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 846 calories, 39g fat, 68g carbs, 52g protein.
Louisiana Gumbo Ingredients: celery, meat, bell pepper, salt and pepper, parsley, water, garlic, flour, onions stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 259 calories, 18g fat, 21g carbs, 3g protein. Recipe is: Low in sodium.
Creole Seafood Gumbo
Ingredients: red bell pepper, green bell pepper, parsley, ground nutmeg, garlic, cayenne pepper, chicken stock or canned broth, salt, bay leaf, onions stovetop