Nigerian Inspired Gumbo
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of okra(cut into chunks)
  • 1 medium red snapper or tilapia cut into chunks(wash and season with salt)
  • 1lb raw shrimp(peeled and deveined; then wash and season with salt)
  • 3-4 plum tomatoes(cut into chunks)
  • 2 small red bell peppers(any color)(coarsely blend)
  • 2 habanero peppers(ata-rodo)(mash to a paste)
  • 2 chili peppers cut into little chunks
  • 2 small garlic cloves(mashed)
  • 1 tsp ginger(grated)
  • One small purple onion cut into chunks
  • 1½ tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1tsp chili pepper powder or Cameroon pepper
  • 3tsps paprika
  • 1½ tsp crayfish powder or crayfish paste
  • Meat stock or water(as needed)
  • 1 handful chopped Basil
  • 3 tsps flour(optional. See note)
  • bouillon
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a cooking pot. Add the shrimp and let it cook on both sides until pink. Transfer the shrimp into a bowl; then add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant(do not burn). Add the tomato, paprika and ginger. Sauté until the tomatoes have reduced a little. Add the bell pepper mix and cook for about 5 minutes until reduced. Add the fish and meat stock(do not add too much of the stock. Just to where it's a little soupy). cook for about 5 minutes; then check for seasonings(Stir in some salt and bouillon as needed). Add the peppers(ata rodo and chili), and basil. Cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the shrimp, crayfish and chili powder; then set aside. Serve alone or with fufu or rice.
Notes
For this recipe, Okra is totally optional. You could add it after the shrimp(right before the onion) and cook until a little brown. Or you could cook it in a separate pot and add it when you add the basil. If you don't want to cook it in a separate pot, just mix it with a little warm water and pour it into the Gumbo(I hope this helps :) )
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at http://www.nigerianlazychef.com/2016/05/nigerian-inspired-fish-and-seafood-gumbo/