Tilapia gumbo

    1 hour 10 min

    A delicious Cajun gumbo made with tilapia that will have your mouth watering for more. Catfish or cod can be used instead of tilapia. Okra - also known as ladies' fingers - is a staple in the American South, as well as in Indian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern cooking. Enjoy this easy but exotic fish stew!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 475ml water
    • 2 beef stock cubes
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2-3 sticks celery, chopped
    • 1 small green pepper, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 250g okra, trimmed and chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
    • 450g tilapia fillets, cut into 2.5cm pieces

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. In a 3 litre casserole dish, bring 475ml of water to the boil. Dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water.
    2. In a medium frying pan, heat the vegetable oil, and cook the celery, green pepper, onion and garlic until tender.
    3. Add the tomatoes, okra and cooked vegetables to the boiling water. Season with salt, red chilli flakes, thyme, bay leaf and hot sauce. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add fish, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until fish is flaky and tender.

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    Everything looked and smelled soooo good until I put the catfish in. I just wasn't sure about "boiled" fish. I served it up and my kids wouldn't touch it even after convincing them that this is the same fish I fry w/ french fries. My husband and I tried it, and both agreed that shrimp would've been far better. We picked around the catfish.  -  02 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I held back on the tabasco sauce while cooking this one for the kids' sake and put it out on the table instead for the adults. I was still skeptical about my kids eating this one but they all liked it and the 2-year-old LOVED it. This is a great recipe. We will definitely have it again.  -  07 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We were looking for a recipe to get rid of some of the okra my wife bought at a farmer's market. This turned out better than expected. Now we have a reason to buy more okra!  -  15 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)