Black-Eyed Peas and Gumbo


This is a super easy gumbo. Smoked turkey may be substituted for the ham. Tastes even better the next day! Top with cooked rice and garnish with parsley and chopped green onions to serve.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • cup vegetable oil

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ cups chopped okra

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ¾ cup chopped celery

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes

  • cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ pound cooked ham, cubed

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black-eyed peas


  1. Heat 1/3 cup oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat, and whisk in flour. Whisking constantly, cook 5 to 7 minutes, until a golden brown roux has formed.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in okra, onion, celery, and garlic, and cook 10 minutes, or until tender.

  3. Thoroughly blend roux into the vegetable mixture. Stir in water, tomatoes, parsley, salt, thyme, cayenne pepper, pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Mix in ham, and continue cooking 15 minutes, until tender.

  5. Stir in black-eyed peas, and continue cooking until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
12g Fat
12g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 289mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.