Catfish and Okra Gumbo

"This hearty preparation uses classic Cajun ingredients - okra, catfish, andouille sausage - to make a hearty meal to warm you in the winter or any time of year."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the oil. When the pan is hot, stir in flour using a hard plastic spatula to begin preparation of the roux.
  • While preparing the roux, heat a pot of water with a teaspoon of sugar in it until it boils. Add corn and heat until bubbling again, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 8 minutes. Remove corn from water. When cool, cut kernels off the cob and set aside.
  • Continue stirring and turning over the roux until the color resembles chocolate, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the shallots, celery, okra, and bell peppers, cooking for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, and serrano pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the stock, corn kernels, bay leaves, oregano, and thyme. Bring the liquid up to a boil, about 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  • While the stock is cooking, break the sausage into small pieces and cook in a separate pan until browned. Remove from pan and place on paper towel, but leave the rendered fat in the pan.
  • Using the pan with the rendered fat, cook catfish on medium heat until cooked through, flipping over after a few minutes.
  • Fold in the catfish and sausage, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add water, increasing or decreasing to achieve desired consistency. Remove from the heat. Remove bay leaves and discard.
  • To assemble, ladle the gumbo into a bowl with rice.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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