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Zatarain's Gumbo Mix
When we visited Southeastern Oklahoma (aka Choctaw Country) in 2019, we stayed in a fantastic Airbnb with an amazing view. Each night I cooked at "home" and one evening I made a Shrimp Gumbo. It was easy...I used Zatarain's Gumbo Mix. If you haven't tried this and you like gumbo please give it a try!
Think of this Gumbo Mix as a base or foundation which can be used for chicken, seafood, or smoked sausage gumbo.
Gumbo is considered a quintessential dish of New Orleans, and is one of the great foods of the world! And Zatarain's, which is based in New Orleans, was founded in 1889 and is a New Orleans tradition.
So Zatarain's knows the food of New Orleans and their rice Gumbo Mix is a quick and easy way to enjoy this classic dish! Zatarain's describes their delicious mix as: "a flavorful foundation of long grain rice in a rich, seasoned roux with red and green bell peppers."
There are many different varieties of gumbo, and you can't go wrong with shrimp and Zatarain's gumbo seasoning! Follow my recipe below for shrimp gumbo, or use your creativity to come up with your own delicious bowl of gumbo!
All you need for the gumbo that I made is:
- Box of Zatarain's Gumbo Mix (you should be able to find this at your local grocery store; I have also linked here to Amazon)
- 14.5 oz can of Stewed Tomatoes
- 1 lb shrimp
- Cold Water - you could sub unsalted or low sodium chicken stock if you prefer
- Hot Pickled Okra - Optional (but oh so good!)
- Green Onions - Optional for garnish
You could also throw in some chopped red or green bell pepper if you like.
If you prefer chicken gumbo, substitute a pound of chicken for the shrimp. Or make a chicken and sausage gumbo by including some sliced andouille sausage.
The Zatarain's Gumbo Mix already includes rice, so you won't need to make additional rice to accompany this dish. They make it so easy to enjoy authentic New Orleans style food!
This Shrimp Gumbo is rich and delicious! Would you believe it can be ready for dinner in about 30 minutes? YES!
Start by combining 6 cups water with the Zatarain's Gumbo Mix in a large pot (Zatarain's recommends a 4-quart saucepan). Stir well to combine thoroughly and bring to the boil.
Reduce heat to low, and then cover and simmer the mixture on a low heat for 15 minutes.
Stir in your shrimp and stewed tomatoes, and then cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
Remove from heat, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Your seafood gumbo is now ready to enjoy!
Suggestions For Serving
You can also throw the Hot Pickled Okra in while cooking the gumbo, however I find it is perfect as a garnish.
If you would like to purchase the Hot Pickled Okra online, I have linked to Lovera's Market's Hot Pickled Okra here and above. You may also be able to find it at your grocery store, or you can check some varieties of Hot Pickled Okra for sale on Amazon by clicking here.
This delicious pickle adds such incredible flavor to this gumbo, so I highly recommend slicing it up and throwing in as much of it as you desire!
Lovera's Market, Krebs, Oklahoma
Lovera's is a small shop with all sorts of artisan foods...I wanted to buy EVERYTHING in that store! As indicated above, they have an online shop LoverasMarket.com so check it out if you get a chance!
Enjoy Some Shrimp Gumbo Soon!
To conclude, I hope you will enjoy some scrumptious Shrimp Gumbo, made easy with Zatarain's Gumbo Mix, very soon!
The ingredients in Zatarain's Gumbo Mix include: "Enriched Long Grain Parboiled Rice (Rice, Iron, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid), Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat & Malt Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Corn Starch, Red and Green Bell Pepper, Onion, Wheat Flour, Spices (Including Red Pepper, Chili Pepper), Garlic, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Yeast Extract, Malted Barley Flour & Soy Sauce (Wheat, Soybeans, Salt)." This information is from https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/dinner-and-side-mixes/rice-mixes-and-side-dishes/gumbo-mix-with-rice.
This recipe calls for 1 pound of shrimp. However, you can use a mix of 1 pound of seafood including crab, oysters, and or shrimp.
This product includes microwave directions on the box. You can also find microwave directions at: https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/dinner-and-side-mixes/rice-mixes-and-side-dishes/gumbo-mix-with-rice.
Some Other Recipes You May Enjoy!
Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
1,000 Foods To Eat Project
In conclusion, gumbo is listed in the book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton. I am working my way through the foods listed in this book. This is called my 1,000 Foods to Eat Project. Gumbo is food #75 in my project! Please visit the 1,000 Foods To Eat Project page to see some other MUST TRY foods of the world that you may love to try!
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Easy Shrimp Gumbo Using Zatarain's Gumbo Mix!
- large pot with cover
- 1 box Zatarain's Gumbo Mix
- 14.5 oz Stewed Tomatoes
- 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
- 6 cups cold water sub unsalted chicken stock if you prefer
- green onions optional for garnish
- Hot Pickled Okra optional BUT Essential if you know what I mean! For garnish 🙂
- Combine 6 cups of water with the Zatarain's Gumbo Mix in a large pot. Stir well to combine thoroughly and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat to low, and then cover and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.
- Stir in your shrimp and stewed tomatoes, and then cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
- Remove from heat, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Then put your gumbo into some lovely bowls, and garnish with green onions and some delicious Hot Pickled Okra!