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Ms. Lucy’s Classic Cajun Culture & Cooking:Ms. Lucy's Shrimp-Okra Gumbo

Shrimp-Okra Gumbo


  • 4 cups okra, freshly cut or frozen
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 4 quarts water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped


Smother okra in oil for about 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly not to burn. In a large pot, make a roux by browning the flour and oil until they reach a medium brown color. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery and sauté until they wilt. Add okra and water and season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat for 1 hour. Add shrimp and green onion tops. Cook for 20 minutes at medium boil. Serve over rice. Serves 6.

Ms. Lucy's Shrimp-Okra GumboMs. Lucy's Shrimp-Okra Gumbo