This New Orleans Gumbo Recipe is a southern classic! It is full of sausage, shrimp, the “Holy Trinity” of vegetables, okra, and a dark roux. Enjoy the flavors of Louisiana in this comforting Creole dish!
Heat butter over medium-low heat in a large deep pot. When melted, whisk in the flour a little at a time and then continue to cook, stirring constantly, until as dark as chocolate, about 30-40 minutes.
Add the onions, peppers, and celery and cook for 6-8 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
Stir in the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, Cajun seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.
Add the okra and simmer another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a skillet with oil over medium high heat and cook sausage 2-3 minutes per side.
Stir the sausage and raw shrimp into the gumbo and simmer another 4-5 minutes or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.