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Vegetarian Gumbo

Here, the rich, dark roux of a Louisiana-style gumbo is laced with carrots, parsnips, okra, and green beans, but feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on hand.



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½ cup vegetable oil
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⅓ cup flour
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1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
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1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
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3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
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1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
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2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
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3 carrots, sliced (2 cups)
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1 parsnip, diced (1 cup)
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1 cup fresh or frozen sliced okra, optional
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1 Tbs. ground cumin
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1 Tbs. paprika
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1 Tbs. dried oregano
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¼ tsp. cayenne pepper


1. Stir together oil and flour in Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot until smooth. Cook over high heat 10 minutes, or until roux turns a dark caramel color, stirring constantly.

2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until vegetables are softened. Stir in all remaining ingredients and 4 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 40 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Serve over rice.

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3 g
Total Fat: 
14.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
21 g
0 mg
309 mg
6 g
8 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Did not have a couple of veggies the recipe called for so I added a couple of others and it turn out great. Used quinoa instead of rice. So good!

I'm not a southerner and the only "authentic" gumbo I've had was in New Orleans. This one, being vegetarian, is quite different. I would use a) much less cumin, while I love that spice it is overwhelming in this recipe, b) try to find some replacement for the spicing of the sausage that was in the real thing. I used 1/2 the specified oil in the Roux and that still worked well, and used rice flour since I must eat gluten free. Next time I'll research the sausage spicing, add some dried textured soy protein, and see how that works out. Maybe use Chipotle instead of cayenne as well.

I have never heard of a vegetarian gumbo with okra being optional. To me Gumbo isn't gumbo without okra.

looks g0od

TO DAN: It seems in vegetarian cooking, most vegetables are optional or can be substituted for other like vegetables.

I made this recipe using what is called for and it was delicious! (I absolutely used okra) The only thing I did change was I used vegetable stock instead of the water, which I think just adds more flavor. This was great with or without rice, and I would definitely make it again.

Wonderful recipe, Britt, I took your advice and used the vegetable stock!

i was just about to post the same thing Britt! i used vegetable broth and tomato sauce as well. i'm used to gumbo having a tomato soup base. so i used 2 cans of veggie broth and 6oz can of tomato sauce. i also used 1 tsp of red pepper and a dash of tabasco sauce. it was superb! the hubby and i enjoyed it!!

this is the best thing i had in a while last time i had gumbo was when i was like four

Would like to try this recipe but Okra is not available here or at least Ive not found it in the 5 years Ive lived here. Any ideas what else would be good to use instead. Needs to be simple I live in Bulgaria

To answer Pauline, you could try using zucchini instead of the okra. As others have stated Vegetable broth works very well in place of the water. I use Better Than Boullion and it works great in everything I have used it in. I also used small red potatoes instead of the parsnip because I had some in the fridge. They have a similair starchy texture. I also used cornbread instead of rice and found it to be very tasty. I have made this recipe once and am cooking it up again today.

To Pauline: Try looking around for (or make yourself) "file powder" (ground sassafras leaf). You can use it in place of okra, but in order for it to be true gumbo, you must use one or the other. :)

Very tasty! My carnivor husband even liked it! i bought fresh okra at the farmer's market today and had no idea what to do with it. This recipe saved the day.

Made this recipe, with a few modifications. Added garlic with the onions. Also added red beans to give it a little more protein (and deliciousness). Like others, used veggie broth and tomato sauce, but thought it needed a bit more liquid, so I used what I had on Tastes delicious! I think this will be a keeper recipe.

i have made this gumbo multiple times. the best batch i added browned soyrizo slices in the last 5 minutes of cooking. i had also fried the okra separately and added it right at the end. so delicious! its a winter staple in my house!

Oily and bland

Where my Cajun family is from in Louisiana (Arnaudville, outside of Lafayette), okra IS optional in a gumbo. Onion & celery, always. A thick dark roux. I grew up with seafood or chicken gumbos, which were mostly roux, meat, onions, celery, spices, always over rice. Mmm mmm! Although of course now I'm veggie, so I'm always on the hunt for a recipe like my Mamam's (great-grandmother).

Veggie gumbo!!


It's Vegan Gumbo??? Calling it Vegetarian? implies a lot!!!

Wasn't very flavorful. Bland

Okra cannot be optional if you are calling it "Gumbo", as gumbo means okra. Also the File powder can make it "Gumbo", but they are synonymous with real cajun gumbo, and not a creole gumbo which you see here.

Love it!

try it

Patience is a virtue especially when making a roux. Fortunately I am a very patient person :). First time ever making this, it was a success!!! That was several months ago, and my husband still talks about it :). Making it again tomorrow, and hopefully will come out as yummy as the first time. This is a keeper :)

Looks good

This was delish! I left out the celery, parsnip, and okra, used tomatoes from my garden instead of the canned tomatoes, added 1/2 of a cauliflower, one more onion, and extra peppers and green beans both from my garden also. My non-vegan parents added sausage to theirs and loved it but my mom made hers spicier. I served it over jasmine rice with the same seasonings that are in the gumbo. :)

I'm married to a vegetarian fool who doesn't like vegetables and never eats leftovers. But yesterday I made this gumbo and he not only ate for lunch but also had some for dinner. It tasted great. I substituted vegiterian broth for water and added garlic. Thank you

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Hi, this looks delicious! Just wanted to ask about the okra- does it go slimy in this? I have put water and okra before and it went slimy-- I didn't like that texture, just wondering if this is the same.

Excellent every time I make this! 5 plus stars :-).

Good eating

I had a major panic attack today when I couldn't find this recipe. I must have discarded the edition that had that recipe in it. Shame on me. I have made it many times and absolutely LOVE it. Thanks to Google and digging way back into my memory, and the key word of "gumbo" I found it once again. I will be printing out the recipe. This weekend I have a "soup and pie" night to attend. I am taking the "Vegetarian Gumbo" . I have a feeling that the others will enjoy it as much a s I have.