Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6


  • 3 cups peeled raw shrimp
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed and washed salt meat
  • 1 cup plus 1 quart water
  • 2 cups smoked sausage
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Gumbo File*
  • Parsley, chopped, optional, optional
  • Green onion tops, chopped, optional
  • Hot sauce, to taste, optional
How to cook Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo:
  • Make a brown roux of the flour and oil. Add onions and salt meat; cook until dark brown.
  • Add about 1 cup of water and the smoked sausage; cook about 1/2 hour. Add shrimp; cook about another 1/2 hour.
  • Add parsley, onion tops, salt and hot sauce, if desired.
  • Add 1 quart of water and bring to a boil; boil slowly for about 1/2 hour. When you turn off the heat, add the Gumbo File.
  • Serve the Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo over cooked rice in soup bowls.


The Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo recipe very easy to prepare and so good!


Gumbo is a stew or soup originating in Louisiana which is popular across the Gulf Coast of the United States and into the U.S. South. It consists primarily of a strong stock, meat and/or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable "holy trinity" of celery, bell peppers, and onion. The soup is traditionally served over rice.
*File powder, also called Gumbo File, is a spice made from dried and ground sassafras leaves. It is used in the making of some types of gumbo, a Creole and Cajun soup/stew. It is sprinkled sparingly over gumbo as a seasoning and a thickening agent, giving it a distinctive flavor and texture. File can provide thickening when okra is not in season.

This recipe for Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo serves/makes: 4 - 6

The Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo recipe is adopted from The Cajun Cuisine - 1985.

Main Ingredient: Shrimp (more Shrimp recipes)
Preparation Method: Soup/Stew (more Soup/Stew recipes)
Cuisine: Cajun (more Cajun recipes)

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