5 Reviews

I can't help but agree with your father. I was born in Louisiana in 1940 and have enjoyed Shrimp Gumbo for many years. When you add sausage to it the shrimp flavor is overpowered. A friend of mine in La Rose said to me if it's not shrimp, it's not gumbo. His wife made wonderful gumbo and never put a hint of sausage near it. This is truly one of the original recipes. LR Beckwith

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LR Beckwith October 15, 2002

It was alright, but without the addition of onion, garlic, celery, and some parsley at the end along with crab meat or crabs, it's not really a true gumbo. Try it and see for yourself. A true Louisiana girl who learned from her Mother!

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Georgieanna October 19, 2002

I have lived in Louisiana all of my life as have some of the above reviewers. However, I also personally know quite a few "cajuns" who do not use a roux when they make a gumbo that has okra. In fact, I worked with a lady that was born a Landry and married a Desormeaux (true cajun people) and when I asked her where was the roux in her okra gumbo she looked at me like I had lost my mind and said "You don't put roux in an okra gumbo." I have not tried the above recipe simply because it is not to my personal liking. I prefer a gumbo with onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic and, yes, roux. Gumbo is like any other dish. A lot of it is simply personal preference. But to say it's not a gumbo, well, just don't say that around too many cajuns here in the Lafayette area.

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Luby Luby Luby May 26, 2003

I grew up in a Cajun family and I currently live in Louisiana. I do agree that seafood gumbo should not have sausage but thats besides the point--this is not a true gumbo recipe. It doesnt even contain roux!

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sarahmarie May 14, 2003

This is very easy and my family loves it!!!. It is the only way I can get my kids to eat okra and not even care. It is great to see my fussy eaters all agree on the same thing!!!

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walshcrew7 September 13, 2006
Shrimp Gumbo