Cornish Gumbo

Total Time
30 mins
Level
Medium
Servings
10 People

Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean you can’t have something wholesome and hearty, and gumbo is the ultimate comfort food! A southern-style summertime stew with hearty veggies and  a kick of cajun seasoning.

Gumbo may make you think of Bubba from Forrest Gump – and this recipe is just as heart-warming as the film itself! 

But we’re Seafood Cornwall – not Seafood Alabama – so we’re subbing Bubba’s shrimp for classic Cornish gurnard; a firm fish – perfect for stews – that’s in season through the summer months.

 

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Ingredients

  • 60g flour
  • 125ml canola oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped into 1-2cm chunks
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped into 1-2cm chunks
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 500ml chicken broth or veggie stock
  • 900ml water
  • 230g okra, chopped into 1-2cm chunks
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 15g parsley, chopped
  • The meat from 1 fresh gurnard
  • 2-3tsp cajun seasoning (depending on preference)
  • Rice to serve

Method

  1. Combine the flour with the canola oil until smooth. Cook over a medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture is reddish brown.
  2. Add chopped onions, celery, green peppers and spring onions and stir for 5 minutes
  3. Add either the chicken broth or veggie stock, followed by the water, sliced okra, paprika, oregano and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to boil; then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the meat of the gurnard with the parsley. Simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes more or until gurnard is cooked through.
  5. Remove from the heat, and stir in 2-3 tsp of Cajun seasoning (depending on preference!) Serve with rice!

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