Gremlin Recipe: Mardi Gras Catfish Gumbo

August 9, 2012 | Categories: Fun Stuff

Get your beads out. It’s time for gumbo.

Mardi Gras Catfish Gumbo

Savor the flavors of New Orleans with this hearty gumbo. Made easy with convenient canned tomatoes, okra and corn, along with onion, bell pepper and celery this nutritious dish is as colorful as the costumes on Bourbon Street. What a great way to “eat your colors” – a simple nutrition tip for getting the health benefits from a variety of veggies!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 small green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup chopped celery

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (14 ounces) low-sodium beef broth

1 can (14 ounces) sliced okra, drained

1 can (11 ounces) corn kernels, drained

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon salt, optional

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 pound catfish fillets, tilapia or other firm, white fish fillets, cut in 1-inch chunks

Hot pepper sauce, to taste

Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 30 minutes


Heat oil in a large, heavy deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and celery; cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Stir in tomatoes, broth, okra, corn, bay leaf, thyme, salt if desired, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Just before serving, stir in fish and cover. Cook, stirring gently 2 or 3 times, until fish is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf and season with hot sauce. Servings: 6