Simple Fish Gumbo

Gumbo is a Creole/ Cajun dish of stewed okra often with meat or seafood.  This is a very simple and easy version of that dish.  Cooking gumbo starts with making roux, which is oil and flour cooked into a paste to thicken the stew.  To make stews really delicious, the key is slow and long cooking/simmer but if you’re in a hurry, 30 minutes is good enough especially for smaller quantity like this recipe which is just enough for 4 people.  My 5-year old son likes this a LOT or maybe he was just too


makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock or water
1/2 teapoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon thyme
2 green chillies
2 cups okra, sliced into about 1/2-inch pieces
10 ounces fish fillet, cut into chunks
salt and pepper to taste
fish sauce (optional)

Here’s How:
Heat oil in a saucepan, flour and cook for about 5 minutes while stiring over low heat; add garlic, onion, cook until onion is transparent then add the diced tomatoes. Cook on high heat, stirring and mushing the tomatoes; add okra, chicken stock or water, season with fish sauce and pepper; add paprika and thyme. Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer. Let simmer at low heat for about half an hour. Add fish fillet and green chillies, turn up heat/fire to a gentle boil and cook for 5 minutes or until fish turns white. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy!

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