Rating: 3.5 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 9
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It’s warming and spicy, but not too spicy. More like a building yet mild burn. Big flavor comes from Andouille sausage, garlic cloves, gochujang (Korean chile bean paste), and the red Fresno chiles. And it wouldn't be gumbo without a dusting of filé powder. Gochujang, available in the international aisle of most supermarkets, is treated like tomato paste: it’s sautéed with the celery, bell pepper, and garlic at the beginning of the recipe so its flavor melds into the soup. Notice that a splash of red wine vinegar gets added to the gumbo when it’s seasoned. Three tablespoons are enough to brighten the gumbo with a bit of acidity.


Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins
Serves 6


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  • Heat oil in in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add sausage, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add gochujang; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are very tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Stir in okra and filé powder, and cook until slightly viscous, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook until shrimp are pink and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar, and salt. Spoon into bowls; top with scallions and chiles.