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Gumbo was brought to America by the French settlers that came to Louisiana. Originally it was a highly seasoned fish stew, but gradually local ingredients are substituted. I still prefer my gumbo with fish as it originally intended. I know this recipe calls for lots of ingredients, but trust me, it is worth the preparation! I like my gumbo really spicy with lots of rice. If you prefer it not to be so spicy, just cut the ground red pepper ingredient in half.


  • 1/2 lb orange roughy
  • 3-3/4 cups water, divided
  • 6 oz medium size raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 cans (about 14 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups okra (this can be found in frozen vegetable section)
  • ½ cup of celery
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 spicy cajun sausages, sliced
  • small handful of green onions, chopped(as garnish on top of the gumbo)
  • 1/2 cups hot cooked brown rice(cooked according to instruction)


  • Cut fish into 1-inch pieces.
  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Add fish and shrimp; cook until fish flakes easily when tested with fork and shrimp are opaque(about 3 minutes). Drain; set aside.
  • Combine onion, bell pepper, additional 1/2 cup water, sausage, celery, garlic and bouillon granules in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • Add in tomatoes, okra, thyme, savory, brown rice, red pepper and black pepper. Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer. Let it cook for another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Dissolve corn starch with the remaining ¼ cup of water, stir mixture into gumbo. Cover and let simmer for another 2 minutes.
  • Add in fish, shrimp and sausage mixture. Simmer for additional 10 minutes. Sprinkle green onions on top before serving.

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