Recipe | Marsh Hen Gumbo

The word gumbo has West African Roots & is historically tied to what we now know as Okra. Okra is an African ingredient brought to America during the slave era. It was used as a thickening agent for soups & stews since its natural slimy texture when cooked helped add viscosity to a dish.

Ingredients List

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, cooked
  • 1 package andouille sausage
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 cup Marsh Hen Gold Rice
  • 1 cup Marsh Hen Red Peas, cooked
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup celery, fine chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, fine chopped
  • ½ cup okra, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Combine onion, garlic, carrot and celery & saute.
  2. Add broth & rice. Cover pan with lid and let simmer until rice is soft. About 15 minutes
  3. Once rice is tender, add chicken, sausage, shrimp, red peas, okra, and seasonings.
  4. Cook until everything is married together for about 20 minutes.
  5. Add more broth until desired consistency is reached. Salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Charleston Chef Service.

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