I tasted a similar dish at a local restaurant and duplicated it pretty closely. I trimmed it down a bit and no one in my family seemed to mind. -Susan Wright of Champaign, Illinois

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Recipe Summary test

25 mins
35 mins
1 hr
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large saucepan, saute the onion, celery, green pepper and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the V8 juice, tomatoes and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in okra and catfish; cook 8 minutes longer. Add the shrimp; cook about 7 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Place rice in individual serving bowls; top with gumbo.


Nutritional Analysis: 1 cup gumbo with 1/4 cup rice equals 180 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 512 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 very lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 14.9g; carbohydrates 21.7g; fat 4.8g; cholesterol 60.9mg; sodium 404.2mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (32)

Rating: 5 stars
This was really good! I followed the recipe to a tee, except I didn't used spicy V8 and I didn't use cayenne pepper. My family doesn't like spicy foods, I do though! At the end I just seasoned it with salt to our taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My hubs was doing the happy dance tonight while eating this. I used all of the leftover seafood I made and froze over our vacation. A bit of everthing went into this; lobster, shrimp and clams as well as kielbasa and some corn which I cut off of the cob. Use as little or as much as you like of whatever you have in the fridge and it will turn out great. Served this with a salad and some nice hot Italian bread which was used to sop up the wonderful broth. Thanks so much Susan!! :) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
My family loves Cajun style food, so I was looking forward to making this gumbo. We found the flavour to be very average. For us to really enjoy it, I would need to make substantial changes and it would no longer be "this" recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Gumbo No! A Gumbo involves a rue. Tasty yes, but with a few Cajun twists. Came out like a stew as I made it. Simple, easy quick meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Man I thought this was great!! I am not much on seafood, but sure love tasty 1 bowl dishes.. I had to tone down the spices cause I had to feed it to the little ones, plus I didn't have spicy V8, just regular, but it was still delicious!!! Could have used a tad more ZING but I'm sure that would be there if I followed the recipe exactly. GREAT DISH! Hit the spot and great way to make catfish! (tired of cornmeal nuggets) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Added a seafood blend and extra shrimp. Plus made a roux first. Everyone loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I had caught some catfish at the lake and was looking for a way to prepare it. This turned out wonderfully. The ease of using the V8 does not inhibit the flavor at all. I made it once strictly following the recipe (although my grocer didn't have spicy V8, I added 2 fresh cayenne to regular V8). It was good, everyone was salt and peppering their dishes. So I made it a second time (substituting 1/2 lb of smoked sausage and 1/2 chicken breast (baked and added at the end)) so that family members that didn't eat fish could have some. This time I also added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Franks Red Hot, and a dash of Cajun seasoning. This gave the gumbo an authentic spice back, but didn't make anyone sweat or grab their drink. The fresh cayenne's I used, I opened and removed the ribs and seeds to reduce heat effect. Delicious recipe - now added to my rotation of cooking! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved this meal and so did the medic station I cooked it for. I did add a little more celery, yellow and red peppers to this and some scallops and crab. Overall I was more than happy with it and so was the EMs staff that ate it Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I followed the recipe as written, and we thought it was very bland tasting! Something is missing, but I'm not sure what. Next time I want to make something gumbo-like I'll use a different recipe, but if someone knows a way to spice up this recipe, please share! Read More