“Gumbo-laya” (Gumbo + Jambalaya) Stew, Turns up the Heat on Winter

Gumbo and Jumbalaya in one dish

Oh, I love bold, spicy food—how about you?

I thoroughly enjoy eating it any time, but in the winter, when my inner thermostat needs a little kick every now and then to wake it up so it can warm me up better, I especially crave that little tingle in the back of my throat, that zip that keeps me coming back for more, bite after addicting bite.

Funny thing is, there was a time not all that many years back when I actually used to shy away from foods that were on the spicy side; but now to my shock and surprise, I can even surpass my husband in the “heat” department and love every hot minute of it.

When I’m craving something spirited and spicy, I love to start out with a few dashes of a hot sauce, Sambal or red chili flakes added to my meal to warm up my palette; and then, as the meal progresses, I’ll find myself continually adding more and more spice to my food.

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So by the time my husband may want try a little taste of the dish that I’m enjoying at our favorite local Thai place, for example, I’ve kicked it up to the degree that he’s about ready to start coughing fireballs, poor guy.

It kinda plays out something to this effect: “Whoa…(surprise, with eyes tearing up)…honey, this tastes really good (cough)…wow…(clearing throat, getting slightly red in the face)…you weren’t playing around with this…(clearing throat again, getting progressively redder )…you made that SPICY!” Well, what can I say? “Yes, my precious hubs—I made it spicy, alright; it’s spicy like your silly wife”, who by now has a runny nose and is perspiring like Adam Richman on any given episode of “Man v. Food”, but loving every minute of that sweet burn.

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I’m the type of gal that loves a good stew; and stews that have a rich, tangy, tomatoey base and lots of zesty flavors are the types that I enjoy going a bit heavy with the spice on a Jambalaya stew is a tasty example of just such a thing.

Over the years, I’ve always made my own version of something that could sort of be a cross between a Gumbo and Jambalaya (I happen to adore okra, so I add it along with the trio of sausage, chicken and shrimp, but with the rice on the side), and it’s always made me feel quite comforted and warmed from the inside out.

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It can be light and fresh, yet have plenty of depth and rich flavor at the same time; and it gives my metabolism a much needed jolt in the wintertime when I spice it up nicely.

The bonus? A couple of days after making it, the flavors intensify and mingle together that much more, so it’s great when it comes to enjoying the left-overs, as well.

Quick to cook and satisfying, this Gumbo and Jambalaya turned “Gumbo-laya” will turn the heat up a notch on the winter season; and frankly, I could really go for that right about now.

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So before I scare any of you away from giving this recipe a try due to fact that you may fear that your head will burst into flames, based what I wrote earlier in the post, fear not, dear reader.

For recipe’s sake, I’ll just have you add whatever amount of spice that you’d like to add to your own bowl of this, and provide you instead with a much milder version of what I personally like to indulge in.

Gumbo-laya is a zippy little ditty that’ll bring the body’s thermostat back up to high during this cold season and add a little spring into our winter step. So pass that ol’ stew pot and ladle around. Oh, and by the way, would you also mind passing the red chili pepper flakes while you’re at it? Hee-hee.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Evette February 6, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one!

    • The Cozy Apron February 6, 2013, 6:25 pm

      Great, Evette – I’d love to know how it turns out for you!

  • Sheena February 7, 2013, 7:24 am

    I’ve been craving jambalaya all week, and this just popped up on foodgawker! i love this fresh take, looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

    • The Cozy Apron February 7, 2013, 10:58 am

      Sheena, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the recipe – I think this just may satisfy your craving! Enjoy.

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 7, 2013, 7:42 am

    I made jambalaya for the Super Bowl and it was good–but this dish sounds and looks much more tasty!

    I love all things spicy, so this is totally up my alley.

  • Veronica February 10, 2013, 12:16 pm

    My cousin thought this would be a great recipe to try. Can’t wait to make this. :-)

  • Javier February 10, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Writing from Spain :) I’ve been following your work for some time and I trully enjoy your approach to cooking. This recipe looks just incredible and so simple and tomorrow night I’ll cook it for dinner. Spicy is fun :)

    • The Cozy Apron February 10, 2013, 4:30 pm

      Hi Javier, so wonderful to have you as a follower of the blog – I’m so glad you’ve taken some time to comment and introduce yourself! Please enjoy the recipe!

      • Javier February 11, 2013, 1:18 pm

        Just finished dinner and Gumbo-laya was spectacular! Fairly easy to cook and soooo good. I already started to pass it on :)

        • The Cozy Apron February 11, 2013, 2:33 pm

          Yeay! Thank you for coming back to share with me, Javier. So glad you had a good din-din, and thanks for passing things along!

    • AJ Williams June 5, 2014, 2:11 pm

      I have tried this recipe and find that it is quite tasty. My family loves it. I will be making this dish today.

      • The Cozy Apron June 6, 2014, 10:21 am

        Hi AJ! So excited to read that—I hope you all enjoy this once again! Happy cooking!

  • Katherine February 11, 2013, 6:30 pm

    These are the prettiest pictures of gumbo I have ever seen! Only fools wouldn’t want to try this recipe. I make my gumbo this way but without the tomatoes and tomato paste. I’m going to add them next time. I’m also going to add the okra. I usually leave it out and use file as a thickener. This looks too darn good not to cook. Thanks so much!

    • The Cozy Apron February 12, 2013, 6:37 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Katherine! I hope you’ll enjoy this version of the recipe.

  • Beduwen February 12, 2013, 2:36 pm

    This looks fabulous! I’m with you – I love spicy food! The hotter the better. I am going to try this tonight…happy Mardi Gras! Thanks for posting.

  • Malissa February 12, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Hi, made the Gumbolaya today! It was good but not as dark and thick as yours looks…mine was light and a little runny. Any suggestions?? I measured everything to the T…so?? Thanks! My husband still loved it!

    • The Cozy Apron February 12, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Hi Malissa, thanks for your question! Not quite sure what to tell you – as thorough as I try to be when it comes to writing my recipes according to how I prepared the dish, there can be any number of reasons why things don’t end up looking completely identical (e.g. stoves, ovens, etc. can sometimes play a part, as well as actual technique). I would suggest making sure that you deeply brown your sausage, and perhaps allow the stew to simmer for a little longer next time (make sure it’s uncovered). The more deeply you “brown” your meats and veggies, the better for a deeper color; and for a thicker stew, you can always reduce the stock a little if you wish, or simmer longer to reduce it/thicken it more, before adding the shrimp and finishing it. Hope that helps!

  • zona Brewczynski February 13, 2013, 10:31 am

    Why don’t u have a way to just print the recipe without printing 17 pages. would love to have the reciepe but not enough to print that much.

    • admin February 13, 2013, 11:12 am

      Hi Zona,

      Sorry ’bout that! We fixed it so that you can click on “Print this recipe” and only print the recipe, without all the extra pages.

  • Cindy February 20, 2013, 8:43 am

    Hello from another LO Alumnus! I started making this recipe last night after the kids went to bed (sans the okra – I couldn’t find it fresh & didn’t want to risk using frozen) & will start it back up this afternoon with the shrimp and finish with the rice. I love recipes that I can jump start ahead of time. Thanks for this blog… you’ve inspired me to throw some new dishes into my boring rotation.

    • The Cozy Apron February 20, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Hi Cindy, small world! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you and your family enjoy the recipe!

  • Robyn February 21, 2013, 8:34 pm

    I made your gumbo-laya tonight and it was amazing! Very simple recipe to follow but it presents like a fancy meal I slaved over for hours – a great to make impression on guests! It’s fun to read everyone’s comments, too – you know it’s good when you even have people from Spain raving about it!

    • The Cozy Apron February 22, 2013, 6:56 am

      Hi Robyn, so glad this was an easy-to-prepare recipe for you, and that you enjoyed it! Thank you for stopping by, and also for sharing your experience with particular recipe!

  • Heidi March 4, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Just gathered the ingredients…can’t wait to make this tomorrow evening!!

    • The Cozy Apron March 5, 2013, 11:12 am

      Hi Heidi! I hope you enjoy preparing this recipe, and enjoy eating it even more – thanks for stopping by!

  • Debora Cadene April 29, 2013, 3:15 pm

    WOW! THAT looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Nicolender April 30, 2013, 7:11 pm

    I am making this right now! It smells soo good. Just waiting the 20 minutes and then I’ll put in the shrimp and voila! :)

    • The Cozy Apron April 30, 2013, 8:27 pm

      Aw, I love when people come and comment while they’re in the midst of preparing the recipe – it must mean that things are smellin’ good, and that dinner’s coming along well! I hope you enjoy this dish; thank you for stopping by to share!

  • Karen May 1, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Wow!!!! I made this last night and it was absolutely fabulous!!!!! Thanks so much for a great recipe!!!!! We recently went to New Orleans and let me just say…….this was just as good, if not better, than what we had down there. I am so glad I came across your recipe and your blog. :)

    • The Cozy Apron May 1, 2013, 6:04 pm

      Karen, what a compliment you’ve given me – thank you so much! I’m thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed by you and your family, and that perhaps when you get a bit nostalgic about your trip to New Orleans, you can whip this up and be taken back to some of those flavors you enjoyed while there!

      • Karen May 3, 2013, 11:06 am

        I definitely will! Hubby already said said it should be made often!!!! Thanks again for a fabulous recipe!!!!!

  • Raquel May 17, 2013, 12:11 pm

    If I wanted to double this recipe would I need to make any adjustments to ensure the same thickness?

    • The Cozy Apron May 17, 2013, 5:12 pm

      Hi Raquel! I would just go ahead and double the ingredients; what I would keep my eye on is how the stew is reducing. If you feel that the liquid is evaporating too quickly and it’s losing it’s juices, then go ahead and cover with a lid slightly askew; if you find that it’s a bit too thin (too much juices), then allow it to reduce down a little longer, and evaporate out. However, I think that it should be balanced just as is; just use your judgement in regards to either covering it or reducing it a little longer, depending on what you see happening. Hope you enjoy!

  • Raquel May 17, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Awesome! Thank you so much. This looks absolutely fab. I’m making it as we speak! I will let you know how it turns out & if I needed to do any adjustments.

  • Marian May 29, 2013, 7:55 pm

    I have never seen a gumbo look so enticingly beautiful! I am making this tomorrow.

  • HJ July 24, 2013, 10:06 am

    My son and I are making this for dinner tonight! I can’t wait to taste it! I will probably leave out the Okra so I hope it still tastes good. Thank you for sharing your awesome recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron July 24, 2013, 4:11 pm

      My pleasure, HJ! I hope you enjoy cooking with your son, and that the two of you have a wonderful dinner!

      • HJ July 24, 2013, 7:48 pm

        It was absolutely AMAZING!!!! Holy cow, the flavoring was to die for! My son and I had a blast working together to prepare dinner for our family. Thank You.

        • The Cozy Apron July 24, 2013, 10:17 pm

          Yeay! Thanks so much for coming back to share your experience with me – I was hoping you would! What a beautiful experience you and your son shared together, preparing the family meal; such a special and important activity that creates memories!

  • Jocelyn July 28, 2013, 5:54 am

    Hi! I was wondering if this stew would hold up if I were to freeze leftovers?

    • The Cozy Apron July 28, 2013, 5:04 pm

      Hi Jocelyn, it may hold up; but I worry that it may get that sort of “crystallization”, or that the texture of the shrimp/okra may get a bit strange. But if it’s between tossing it or freezing it, I’d give freezing it a try for sure!

  • Ida July 30, 2013, 2:02 pm

    This is my signature dish that I’ve made for years and I’ve never known what to call it so I just call it Goulash, which my sister always says does not describe it well, lol. I think I like your name better. P.S. It does freeze well, but I wouldn’t leave it for more than thirty days.

  • Tryphena August 11, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Made this last night for my husband and I and it was amazing! I brought some over to my brother as well who loves stews and he said that it tasted like something he had in New Orleans and to bring it over more often. Thanks for this delectable recipe! * The only change i made was that i added more tomato paste to thicken it some.

    • The Cozy Apron August 14, 2013, 7:07 pm

      Hi Tryphena! My pleasure…and thanks so much for coming back to share your experience with me! It made me chuckle that your brother asked you to bring it over more often… 😉

  • Diane August 18, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Hi! I really want to try this. It looks so good, but I’m a yankee and have zero experience with okra. Do you think frozen would work? I’m not sure it is even sold fresh around here, but I know it’s used to thicken. Any thoughts on using frozen?

  • Sasha September 3, 2013, 9:50 am

    I made this the other night, and it was amazing!! My husband loved it! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Pamela September 8, 2013, 7:05 pm

    I usually don’t comment on things, but I want you to know I tried this recipe today and it was delicious! I loved it, my boyfriend loved it, the kids loved it! big hit in my house will definitely make this again! thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron September 9, 2013, 3:35 pm

      Pamela, then your comments are that much more precious to me! I feel very happy that you did, indeed, take the time to comment and let me know that all of you enjoyed this fun recipe; thank you for sharing that!

  • Valerie Smith September 13, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I found this recipe posted on PINTEREST. Being from Louisiana and loving both gumbo and jambalya, I can not wait to try this. May wait for it to cool down a little outdoors, but definitely I will be making this.

    • The Cozy Apron September 15, 2013, 2:17 pm

      Hi Valerie, so excited to hear that! Please do let me know what you think…

  • Sue Clark September 24, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Just had to comment on this recipe! I made it a few days ago as I was too weary to make a roux but craved gumbo. Well….as I was finishing this up I discovered one lone container of roux in my freezer. (I make it in quanities and freeze in 1 cup containers.)I decided to just dump it in the pot. It tasted so much like genuine gumbo! I love, love your shorter version and it is a keeper.

    • The Cozy Apron September 24, 2013, 3:52 pm

      Hi Sue, thanks so much! Don’t you just love those little surprises – money in a coat pocket from the previous year, roux in the freezer from the last batch you made :-) – when you find ’em? So glad this recipe’s a keeper!

  • Kristen Renfro September 27, 2013, 8:06 pm

    I made this tonight to try something new and it was AMAZING! It came out perfect and i will try not to repeat this recipe too many times because I can’t wait to have it again :)

    • The Cozy Apron September 28, 2013, 6:02 pm

      Kristen, isn’t it great when you take a chance trying something new and it turns out really good? I’m so glad you shared that – thank you!

  • Patio Daddio November 12, 2013, 4:39 pm

    Great recipe…will use the Fragrant Rice with other dishes. Eliminated the chicken and substituted all shrimp along with Andouille. A family favorite right out of the box. Thank you for sharing.

    • The Cozy Apron November 13, 2013, 6:00 am

      My pleasure! And thanks so much for stopping by to let me know that this recipe was a hit for the entire family!

  • Amber November 14, 2013, 10:31 am

    Has anyone tried this with frozen okra? Fresh is hard to find where I am. At what point should you add it?

    • The Cozy Apron November 14, 2013, 1:59 pm

      Hi Amber, frozen is just fine, too. And just add it in at the same time as you would the fresh. Enjoy!

  • michele nicastro December 15, 2013, 8:00 am

    i just made this today & it was delicious! mine didnt come out as dark as yours did but the flavors were all there and it was awesome, thanks for sharing!!

  • Brandi December 29, 2013, 11:33 am

    I bought all of the ingredients for a traditional gumbo to have on New Years Day but will be making this instead. Planning to add in the crab I bought and an additional 1/2 pound shrimp. Do you think I will need to add more liquid? Also I have tomatoes with diced chiles too much spice with the cayenne?

    • The Cozy Apron December 29, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Hi Brandi, so excited that you will be making this recipe, instead! Yes, I would probably add just a little more liquid, maybe a 1/2 cup extra stock, but remember that you can always add more liquid at the end if you feel you need it – always easier to add than to subtract when it comes to liquid. As far as “spice” is concerned, you’d have to know how spicy you like things – omit the cayenne if you prefer, as you can always add that in at the end once you taste it. Hope you enjoy!

  • Teresa - Sassy Suburbanite March 3, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Good Lord! Your pictures made my mouth water and just in time for Fat Tuesday tomorrow. I’m going to try this. Thank you.

    • The Cozy Apron March 3, 2014, 3:40 pm

      Haha! That’s funny Teresa—though I don’t think you’ll have to worry too much about the “fat” in this particular dish for “Fat Tuesday” (I didn’t even know there WAS a “Fat Tuesday”!); it’s still a pretty healthy dish with all those great veggies! Truly hope you enjoy this.

  • Janie April 7, 2014, 12:22 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe sans too much spice. I enjoy your writing beyond words!

    • The Cozy Apron April 7, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Janie! I really appreciate your comment. And I do hope you enjoy this recipe—just adjust spices to your preference!

  • Karen September 16, 2014, 6:58 am

    As a resident of the deep south (along the coast of Louisiana!) we don’t normally put tomatoes or tomato paste in our gumbo or jambalaya, but this dish looks so yummy that I am certainly gonna give it a try! I have about 20 lbs of homemade smoked sausage in the freezer that I need to use up before we make another batch!

    • The Cozy Apron September 16, 2014, 4:18 pm

      Hi Karen, I’m really happy that you’re willing to give this recipe a try, even though it may be a bit “a-typical” for you, what with the tomatoes! :-) It’ll be a perfect recipe to use your delicious homemade smoked sausage in, and I truly hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comments.

  • Nasreen Nguyen September 16, 2014, 4:07 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight without ever having Jambalaya or Gumbo before in my life. My 7 year old AND my 16 month old demolished it! It was amazing (and I’m a serious foodie). Great recipe. Can’t wait to show off for guests.

    • The Cozy Apron September 16, 2014, 4:23 pm

      Nasreen, I always really love to read when the little ones “demolish” a recipe—how awesome! Looks like you’re raising your kiddos to be “serious foodies” just like you! So glad that you all enjoyed this recipe, especially since you had never had this type of dish; and I thank you for taking a moment out of your certainly-busy schedule to share your comments with me! 😉

  • Stephanie Smith October 7, 2014, 1:11 pm

    This was so beyond stinkin’ delicious!
    And not very time consuming either.
    Smelled wonderful, looked wonderful and tasted too good to be true!

    • The Cozy Apron October 7, 2014, 3:47 pm

      Wow, Stephanie—I loved reading that! I appreciate your kind comments, and am thrilled that the recipe was enjoyed.

  • LaQuinda October 21, 2014, 5:51 pm

    I saw this recipe on facebook initally and decided to google it to see what other variations were out there for this dish. Low and behold I found this website! I decided to give it a try. SO SO GOOD! We enjoyed some leftovers for dinner tonight and I STILL have plenty left in the fridge. THANK YOU for this excellent recipe! We’ve truly enjoyed it!

    • The Cozy Apron October 21, 2014, 6:29 pm

      LaQuinda, that’s so funny! Well, it looks like you were meant to make this particular recipe, and I’m so happy that it didn’t disappoint! Thank you for taking a moment to comment on your experience, and it’s great that this recipe is feeding you guys for a couple of days! :-)

  • Laney October 21, 2014, 7:50 pm

    My family isn’t a huge fan of okra. Do you have any substitute suggestions?

    • The Cozy Apron October 22, 2014, 5:59 am

      Hi Laney, you can just omit altogether, and add a little more chicken or shrimp for the substance. Hope that helps! Please enjoy…

  • Megan November 5, 2014, 9:09 am

    Could this be made in the crockpot?

    • The Cozy Apron November 6, 2014, 8:17 am

      Hi Megan, yes it can! Perhaps you can start on a higher setting with the veggies and sausage/chicken, then let it simmer on a lower setting for the remaining time. Add your shrimp at the very end, maybe 3-4 minutes before you plan to serve, just to cook it through (you don’t want that cooking for long, as it’ll be tough and rubbery). Hope you enjoy! :-)

  • Linda November 8, 2014, 9:26 am

    My mouth has been watering since I saw this. Hope to make it tomorrow. I like fried okra but the sliminess of plain okra does not appeal to me. Does it get that slimy texture in this too? If so I’ll probably leave it out. Just the thought of scooping a spoon full and having a string of slime is not appealing.

    • The Cozy Apron November 8, 2014, 12:57 pm

      HI Linda, that’s great you’re planning on making this! You know, my hubby’s not the biggest fan of okra either, but still really loves this recipe. I know that “stringy-ness” you’re talking about, but I didn’t have that issue at all with this stew. What happens is since the okra cooks for a little while in the stew, it just thickens it but doesn’t leave it slimy; I think that “sliminess” just breaks down. But I would just say to leave it out if you’re leery, and want to be 100% sure it won’t be an issue for you.

  • jessica November 10, 2014, 11:55 am

    Hi! I’d love to make this and would especially love to use a crockpot for most of the cooking. I’m thinking of browning the meat first, as in the recipe, but then adding to the crockpot to let simmer awhile. I saw your note about adding shrimp at the end, but I’m wondering how long to cook it and if I should reduce the liquid or increase? I’m kind of new to the crockpot and don’t want to ruin this! Mine has three settings: warm, low, and high. Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron November 10, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Hi Jessica, to be completely honest, I don’t have much experience cooking with a crockpot, so I try to give the best advice I can when someone asks me about using one for my recipes. Yes, I would brown the meat first along with those aromatic veggies, and then add in the rest of the ingredients save the shrimp. If you plan on cooking this for many hours, then I would suggest cooking it on low; and as I wrote above, shrimp only needs several minutes to cook, so just add it into the stew during the last few minutes before you plan on serving this so it retains a good texture. :-) Hope this helps! I’d love to know how things turn out.

  • Shay November 22, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Just made this dish and it was great!!! Spicy but not enough to run for cover.. I added the ça no tomatoes with jalapeño peppers and an extra tsp of tomato paste. I will make again!!

    • The Cozy Apron November 22, 2014, 8:03 pm

      Shay, I’m so pleased you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with me!

  • Catherine December 1, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I made this tonight. It is AWESOME and SO EASY! I used a little more tomato paste for a slightly thicker sauce. Otherwise, no changes. My husband absolutely loved it. This will be a regular addition to our menu. Thank you so much.

  • Ashley December 17, 2014, 6:15 pm

    This recipe was wonderful! Great flavor and definitely a great recipe that heats up a cold winter evening.

  • Kim January 1, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Great New Year’s Dish! I prepared today and it was wonderful! Thank you for being so detailed in the directions; how is as important as what! Have you tried freezing this dish? Any suggestions would be appreciated. :) Happy 2015!

    • The Cozy Apron January 1, 2015, 7:21 pm

      Kim, so glad you enjoyed this! Perfect for a New Year’s dish… And as far as freezing it, maybe try a freezer-safe container, or heavy duty ziplock bag; it should be fine. (My only concern is that the shrimp will get a little frost bite-y, or crystal-y, though I’m not 100% certain of it.) If you have leftovers, I would certainly at least try to freeze it and see how it turns out; how bad could it be? :-)

  • sarah January 3, 2015, 9:32 am

    We just made this , so so delicious!!
    Hit the spot on this freezing/snowy/rainy day in Chicago!

  • Chelsea January 3, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Made this today to warm up the bellies of my family member’s on this cold rainy day. It turned out great!!!

  • The Cozy Apron January 5, 2015, 6:08 am

    Chelsea, that is perfect! So glad you all enjoyed this, and that your bellies were, indeed, warmed! Thanks for your comments.

  • Vivian Ware January 5, 2015, 3:56 pm

    Can minced garlic be used in this dish?

  • Becky January 11, 2015, 5:36 pm

    Made this tonight. Delish!!!

    • The Cozy Apron January 11, 2015, 7:14 pm

      HI Becky, glad you enjoyed it! Hope your bellies were warmed!

  • Julie January 22, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Making it right now..
    I can’t wait to try-it’s been on my food bucket list for some time.

    I can say, I Gawr-On-Tee, it smells so YUMMY!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    • The Cozy Apron January 23, 2015, 3:14 pm

      Hope you enjoyed it, Julie! So glad you finally got the opportunity to make it!

  • Jazmine January 28, 2015, 8:11 am

    Where do you get andouille sausage from? I’m in Houston,TX.

    • The Cozy Apron January 28, 2015, 10:03 pm

      Hi Jazmine, you can typically find it at your local grocery store, in the section where they have the sausage products (smoked kielbasa, links, etc.) It’s just a type of spicy, Louisiana-style sausage. Just ask someone in the meat/butcher department, if you have trouble. :-)

    • Jeff McWhorter February 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

      Jazmine, you can get Andoulle sausage at just about all the grocery stores in Houston…Food Town, Gerlands, Kroger, and I’m pretty sure H.E.B. carries it too. Holmes Smokehouse is a very tasty brand.

  • Alycia January 28, 2015, 8:44 pm

    Hi! This sounds like the best of both worlds to me…..gumbo AND jambalaya are both doggone good this time of year! I think I’ll do this up for Super Bowl Sunday. One thing….. I looked and looked in the ingredients and directions, but nowhere did I find how much shrimp you recommend for this dish. I saw the chicken and sausage, but not the shrimp amount. I can just eyeball it and get a good balance unless you have a different suggestion.

    Terrific recipe that I have no doubt will be a crowd pleaser! Thanks! (P.S. – found you via Pinterest)

    • The Cozy Apron January 28, 2015, 9:58 pm

      Hi Alycia! The shrimp amount is found towards the bottom of the ingredients, just below the “2 cups of chicken stock”; it’s 1/2 pound of shrimp, peeled. Hope you enjoy this recipe, and thanks for coming by! Have a great Super Bowl!

  • Kristina February 3, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Had this for dinner last night (and for breakfast today with an egg on top!). It was so hearty and delicious, just added a little Louisiana hot sauce and file powder to the pot, and as a garnish. The garlic rice was also amazing. Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron February 3, 2015, 6:05 pm

      Kristina, I love that! What a creative breakfast, haha! :-) So thrilled you enjoyed this, and I thank you for taking a moment to share your experience with me!

  • Nikki February 5, 2015, 10:27 am

    Can not wait to make this tonight! I went and bought all my ingredients on my lunch break and want to leave work early to get it started. Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

    • The Cozy Apron February 6, 2015, 10:26 am

      Hi Nikki! That’s so great! I hope you enjoyed this…

      • Nikki February 10, 2015, 7:32 am

        It was amazing!! I will be making this part of my regular menu. I enjoy spicy dishes myself. So I did find that every few bites I would add more heat to mine. My picture of the finished product did not look as pretty as yours, if I could upload it I would. However, I attributed that to the fact that your husband is a photographer. Ha, ha. Great recipe.

        • The Cozy Apron February 10, 2015, 10:31 am

          Haha! Yes, he’s my brilliant photog… :-) So glad this turned out great for you, and that you’ll be making it again in the future. Thanks so much for taking a moment to come back and share with me!

  • April February 6, 2015, 7:41 am

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. I am going to add it to my menu for next week! I love Jambalaya and have always wanted to make gumbo, so this sounds like a good mix. Question though, I don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh okra in our store, can I use frozen instead or will it mess up the consistency or will the okra be mushy? I’ve actually never had it before, I’ve always thought it look like a little scary. But I’m trying to introduce different fruits and vegs to my kids so they don’t grow up sticking their noses to everything. I make them try things even if I don’t like them. Thank you! I can’t wait to try.

    • The Cozy Apron February 6, 2015, 10:31 am

      Hi April, you can certainly sub-in the frozen okra; no problem! And your idea about introducing your kids to new foods is WONDERFUL—good mama! The okra definitely is unique in texture, so hopefully, they’ll like it. But have ’em try. Hope you all enjoy this!

      • April February 11, 2015, 12:25 pm

        Great, thank you for responding. I’m making my list now and will be making it for dinner tomorrow night! I can’t wait. My daughter loves shrimp so that may be a selling point! Thanks again.

  • Marche March 2, 2015, 4:46 pm

    This recipe is wonderful…my boyfriend loved it, with the exception of the celery. Note taken. BUT HONEY…this rice. It is so delicious!!! I’ve made it twice. And tonight I made it my adding a TBSP each of tomato paste, onion, and cilantro with the garlic. OMG

    • The Cozy Apron March 2, 2015, 7:46 pm

      Marche, I love those additions to the rice—it must taste amazing! I love it when people get creative! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the recipe with me; I’m thrilled that you both enjoyed it (with the exception of the celery)! :-)

  • La'Quata Wright March 8, 2015, 7:14 am

    Hi, do I use a crock pot to make this?

    • The Cozy Apron March 8, 2015, 4:44 pm

      Hi La’Quata, I didn’t use a crock pot, just a regular pot on a stove; but you certainly could use a crock pot, if that’s more convenient. If you plan on cooking it for a longer time, perhaps a lower setting would be best as to not overcook things; and adding the shrimp at the end—the last couple of minutes of cooking—would be best. Hope you enjoy!

  • Greta March 10, 2015, 3:04 pm

    thanks so much for taking the time to submit such beautiful photos with your recipe. Such a nice thing to do! I am making this recipe this weekend!

    • The Cozy Apron March 10, 2015, 5:16 pm

      Thank you, Greta! We eat with our eyes first, they say. May you enjoy this recipe!

  • Gabriela March 10, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Absolutely delish!!! gonna keep this one or sure! and can’t wait to try more of your recipes:-)

    • The Cozy Apron March 12, 2015, 8:47 am

      Hi Gabriela, that’s great! And I do hope you give other recipes a try, too!

  • kocolate March 16, 2015, 7:16 pm

    Absolutely delicious (I am getting a second bowl right now)!! I normally make a roux, however, I like your version as it is much lighter and easier to cook overall.

  • Guddi March 18, 2015, 1:38 am

    Hi, I made this last night and it came out so good. Everybody loved it. Thank you.

  • Betty Marcus April 11, 2015, 8:54 am

    This dish was totally amazing! Yes, it takes some doing to gather the components, slice and dice, and then assemble in sequence, but all the preparation is SO worth the effort. Our entire home smelled divine, we awoke the following morning and it was our first topic of conversation, and we couldn’t wait to consume the leftovers. Serves 6-8? No way. The two of us polished it off in two fabulous dinners. Spice level was perfect. Couldn’t locate fresh okra, but frozen worked just perfectly. Wow, you blew us out of the ballpark with this terrific recipe. No hesitation about making this again (soon), and it would be perfect, elegant and “showy” for company too!

    • The Cozy Apron April 11, 2015, 9:46 am

      Hi Betty, thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with the recipe! You made me chuckle when you said “serves 6-8? No way.” You know, I can relate , because some folks like to enjoy really small portions, and then some of us like to be a bit more generous. (The truth is, I don’t know that we, in our family, would necessarily get 6-8 servings…maybe 4-5, like you did? :-) ) Anyway… So glad you enjoyed!

  • tamika July 26, 2015, 7:55 pm

    Made this tonight… And I must say its delicious and pretty simple to make. Thanks a bunch! :)

    • The Cozy Apron July 27, 2015, 5:53 am

      Tamika, it was my pleasure! And thank you for taking a moment to come back and share your experience with me—so glad you enjoyed this!

  • Elizabeth August 7, 2015, 10:13 am

    Thank You so much for this recipe. I found it on Pinterest. I made it yesterday and it was a huge hit. I did add a habanero at the end and our heads didn’t even explode. The Jasmine rice was so perfect for this dish. You taught me something new and I will definitely be making Gumbo-laya again!

    • The Cozy Apron August 8, 2015, 7:44 am

      Wow, Elizabeth, a habanero! I bet it was amazing, though. Thanks so much for your comments—I’m thrilled you all enjoyed it! :-)

  • Jerea August 16, 2015, 8:40 am

    Recipe was absolutely great. It came out really good!!!

    • The Cozy Apron August 17, 2015, 2:41 pm

      Jerea, so glad to read that! Thanks for coming back to comment on your experience. :-)

  • Nancy August 18, 2015, 9:18 pm

    Made this tonight and it was incredibly good! My husband said this is now his favorite dish (as I write this, he’s in the kitchen grabbing 3rds), so looks like I’ll be making this more often. Thank you so much!

  • Nancy August 19, 2015, 2:16 am

    PS: My husband is also a film maker and he made a video of me cooking this dish.

  • Tanya August 22, 2015, 2:50 pm

    I just made this and it is amazing:)
    My family loves it!!! I adjusted the spices to make it a little spicier but other than that I followed it exactly and it turned out wonderful😃

  • Belinda August 25, 2015, 6:40 pm

    I tried this recipe Sunday and now I’m getting request. Soo delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron August 28, 2015, 4:59 pm

      Belinda, thank you for that, and it was truly my pleasure. So glad you this was so enjoyed!

  • Dave September 7, 2015, 2:23 pm

    This looks great and I’m keeping it. I live in an assisted living facility so I can’t make it but I may share it with the kitchen staff OR, maybe someday, I’ll get out of here and try it myself!!!

    • The Cozy Apron September 8, 2015, 2:14 pm

      Dave, thanks so much for your wonderful comments, and for sharing your amazing enthusiasm and optimism! I do hope that you can give it to the kitchen staff to prepare; or even better, I will remain hopeful that you, yourself, will have the opportunity to prepare this as a treat to enjoy!! Thank you for stopping by to share!

  • Dee September 19, 2015, 7:39 am

    I tried this two weeks ago, it was sooo good. I am cooking this again today. Thanks for the recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron September 19, 2015, 10:13 am

      Dee, this is perfect for this time of year—I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying it! Thank you for your comments.

  • Veronica lankford September 19, 2015, 9:35 am

    First website I came to because it looked so good and it was amazing! Of course I made some tweeks to it but yea so good! I live for spicy so I added habaneros which my husband and two kids weren’t happy about but they left all the rest to me in the crock pot and I got some whole wheat tortillas ! Amazing thank you

    • The Cozy Apron September 20, 2015, 5:21 pm

      Veronica, that’s awesome—nice & spicy! :-) Glad you enjoyed!

  • Micelle September 19, 2015, 11:06 am

    Okay, I LOVE your Italian “Drunken” Noodles recipe and have made a couple of times. I just sent hubby to the store to get what I need for this recipe. Hope it’s half as good!

    • The Cozy Apron September 20, 2015, 5:23 pm

      Hi Micelle, glad you’ve been enjoying the Drunken Noodles recipe, hah! :-) I truly hope that you and your hubby enjoyed this, as well.

  • Tynesha September 22, 2015, 3:38 pm

    great recipe!

  • Alan Brown October 16, 2015, 11:38 pm

    Being a N’awlins boy, born & raised there 40 years, I know a little something about rouxs, gumbos, jambalaya and etouffe and even court bullion. I must say my wife and I made a double batch of gumbolaya tonight. 😆
    The love we put into making it, was rewarded with the joy of eating it. Knowing a little about browning veggies and proteins, ours came out as dark as yours and absolutely delightful to to eat with the fragrant rice! Thank you for this wonderful addition to our kitchen repertoire! We will make it again and again. Alan & Margaret Brown, Midland Michigan. The only change made was I used Emeril’s creole spice recipe instead of cayenne because my wife can’t take the heat. Still it is a labor of love that is richly rewarded, if done correctly. I took pictures of making it but don’t see anyway to upload them to these comments.

    • The Cozy Apron October 17, 2015, 7:37 am

      Hi Alan, I really appreciate your comments! (And I’m a fellow Michigander, so it’s doubly happy to hear from you from my home state!) Yes, the more one takes the time to brown things up, the darker and richer the color and flavor will be. I’m honored that you being a connoisseur of these types of recipes, enjoyed it so much, and are adding it your “kitchen repertoire”! Thank you to you and your wife for taking a moment to share your experience with me. 😉

  • Sovy October 17, 2015, 4:12 pm

    Can I make it without the okra? Thanks

  • Juan Harris November 4, 2015, 6:24 pm

    I want to make this recipe, but I want to double the servings. Should I double the bell pepper, onion and the celery? Thank you.

    • The Cozy Apron November 4, 2015, 6:54 pm

      Hi Juan! Yes, if you’re looking to make enough to feed double the amount of people (from 12-16, depending on portion size) then I would double all of the ingredients. You’ll probably want to make a pretty big pot! 😉 I hope you enjoy this!

  • Vallon November 10, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Is it dried or fresh bay leaves?

  • Nora November 12, 2015, 2:55 pm

    I just made this a it was DELICIOUS! I cooked it for like 10 more minutes and that thickend it up quite a bit more.

    • The Cozy Apron November 12, 2015, 6:31 pm

      Hi Nora, sometimes a few extra minutes thicken things up beautifully! Glad you enjoyed this!

  • Janet Bradley November 15, 2015, 8:41 am

    Does this have enough liquid in it to eat as a soup? I could also make the rice (plain) and eat it that way also.

    This sounds ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I did just print it and am gonna try it as just a soup.

  • Anonymous November 15, 2015, 4:01 pm

    This recipe is amazing. I made this and my friends loved it so much they begged me to share the recipe. I used Turkey sausage and left out the celery but the next day I was left with an empty pot and wanting more.
    In fact I just got some ingredients from the store and I’m about to make a fresh pot.

    • The Cozy Apron November 15, 2015, 4:52 pm

      That is so great! I love it! :-) And thanks so much for taking the time to come back and comment on your experience—I hope you enjoy the fresh batch as much as the first one!

  • rip amontea November 17, 2015, 5:55 pm

    This is definitely a keeper!! have made it twice so far, it only gets better and better.

    • The Cozy Apron November 17, 2015, 7:15 pm

      Rip, glad to hear that. I love that you’ve been enjoying this recipe—perfect for the cold weather! Thanks for your comments.

  • Laura D. November 19, 2015, 3:45 am

    This was insanely delicious!! Crazy good. I used frozen cut okra and it worked great! This will be going into the meal plan rotation!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • The Cozy Apron November 19, 2015, 5:31 pm

      Laura, it was my pleasure to share, and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it so much! The frozen okra is a perfect, quick sub-in; I love the convenience of it, too. Thanks so much for your comments!

  • Brian November 28, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Delicious…Just made this recipe and it turned out fantastic. Will absolutely keep this one in my go to recipe list!

    • The Cozy Apron November 28, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Brian, that’s excellent! Glad you enjoyed! And thanks for taking some time to share your experience with me.

  • Karen November 30, 2015, 3:27 am

    I made this the other night and it was absolutely amazing!

    • The Cozy Apron December 1, 2015, 2:32 pm

      That’s great, Karen! So glad you enjoyed, and thank you for your comments!

  • Emily December 6, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Made this tonight, I couldn’t find okra at Trader Joe’s, so I upped the tomato paste and only used a 14oz can of diced tomatoes.

    Turned out nice and thick, which I prefer. It was a tad salty, though that may have been the sausage brand I used / me being a tad too generous with salt by accident – it balances out pretty well with some extra rice.

    Great recipe, I’ll definitely make it again, and perhaps omit adding salt to the seasoning step.

    • The Cozy Apron December 8, 2015, 12:45 pm

      Hi Emily, thank you for sharing your process and experience with the recipe. So glad you enjoyed!

  • Jeannine December 9, 2015, 8:32 am

    I was looking for something for a COLD tailgate recipe! Just found it! I will have to make this Saturday afternoon though. Do you think it will be fine heated up the next day? I’m thinking either omit the shrimp and add a little more chicken or wait and add the shrimp at the stadium parking lot on Sunday morn…..your thoughts? Can’t wait to try this!

    • The Cozy Apron December 10, 2015, 1:37 pm

      Hi Jeannine, I’d just make it as is! I look at it this way: if you made this and had leftovers, you’d just reheat them the next day, anyway, right? So as long as you gently reheat it for the tailgate party, then the shrimp should be just fine. You can totally make this ahead—as a matter of fact, it’ll taste even richer. Hope you enjoy.

  • Tinisha December 20, 2015, 3:00 am

    This recipe is bursting with flavor! I did add sugar to take the bite off the tomato, but overall perfect meal for a cold winter day.

    • The Cozy Apron December 20, 2015, 1:26 pm

      Wonderful Tinisha—and great idea to add that pinch of sugar if the tomatoes are a bit sharp. So glad you enjoyed this! :-)

  • Dawn December 20, 2015, 11:52 am

    I was going through some of my recipes looking for a yummy stew, due to the rainy cloudy day I’m craving some soup or a yummy stew and I came upon your recipe for Gumbalaya and I actually have all the ingredients on hand! I’m so excited to make it today. Can you tell me about how many this serves as I will be feeding myself and 3 very hungry men and maybe an extra person

    • The Cozy Apron December 20, 2015, 1:29 pm

      Hi Dawn! Just below the recipe title is the servings—this one serves about 6-8. So you should be just fine with the folks you are serving, even if your portions are a bit larger. So glad you’re thinking of making this! Enjoy!

  • Richard Dean Anderson December 21, 2015, 5:39 pm

    I just prepared this recipe with slight variations and LOVED IT! I had never cooked a creole-inspired meal, but I love eating that type of food – so after browsing the internet I chose this recipe. For northerners, like me, who don’t have ready access to “Creole Seasoning” – you’ll have to google that too, but it was relatively easy (just be sure to google it before you go grocery shopping in case you need something).

    So here’s what I’d add to my commentary:
    – based on the amount of creole and cayenne spices I added – the recipe/portions listed in this recipe would have been very tame, in my opinion.
    – I probably added 3-4x that amount and it was still “medium” heat.
    That said, I’d probably do it that way again — start with low “heat” and then add more to suit my taste. It’s easy to add more, impossible to take it back out.

    Thanks for the recipe and making my first attempt a success!

    • The Cozy Apron December 22, 2015, 5:00 pm

      Hi Richard, what a wonderful comment full of great tips for others that may be new to preparing a recipe like this. Thank you for sharing! I’m truly excited that you enjoyed the recipe, and that you also really seemed to enjoy the process, as well! (And I’m honored that you chose my recipe, after certainly seeing many others during your search, to try out. 😉 ) Happy cooking (and eating!)!

  • Lisa January 9, 2016, 5:14 pm

    Tried this recipe last night and it was a big hit with me as well as my sons. They had it with rice and I ate mine with cauliflower rice. Delicious and will definitely make again.

  • The Cozy Apron January 10, 2016, 2:51 pm

    Lisa, so glad to read that you all enjoyed this! Nice sub with the cauliflower rice for yourself, by the way. Thank you for your comments!

  • roxanne January 13, 2016, 10:54 am

    I’m trying this recipe today
    a great day for a hot bowl
    20 degrees in Illinois

  • Joanna January 15, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Hi. Quick Question? I only have pickled okra? I couldn’t find any fresh at the store. If i drain the juice and slice can i use it? or will the pickled flavor ruin my stew??

    • The Cozy Apron January 15, 2016, 4:13 pm

      Hi Joanna, I wouldn’t use the pickled okra, as it would definitely add a tangy note to this dish that I’m not sure you’d want. 😉 Sometimes fresh okra can be hard to find, but they often carry cut okra in the frozen section, if you’re interested in checking. Otherwise, feel free to just leave it out. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Rene January 20, 2016, 4:02 pm

    Can you use frozen okra if fresh is unavailable?

  • casey February 2, 2016, 7:07 pm

    I’m thinking about making this for some friends coming over for dinner.
    Do you think I could make everything the night before except for the shrimp and the rice. Then the next day heat it up and then at that point add the shrimp?

    Just trying to save some confusion the night we have people over.


    • The Cozy Apron February 2, 2016, 7:19 pm

      Hi Casey, great question! Here’s what I’d do: prepare the stew minus the shrimp; then, I’d actually sear off the shrimp in a pan, separately, and keep them on a plate and in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve the stew and it’s reheated, then add the shrimp in at the end just to allow them to warm up. That way, you’re only making your rice the day of. Hope that helps, and that you all enjoy!

  • shanna February 10, 2016, 8:01 am

    I made this last night and it was good. I didn’t use the shrimp and used a grilled chicken breast along with just regular smoked sausage. I accidentally used 2 tbsp of the paste and some crushed tomatoes before realizing to put the diced. I don’t really care for slimy okra so I fried mine and put it over the top of this and the crunch made it great. Great recipe thanks for sharing

    • The Cozy Apron February 11, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Hi Shanna, my pleasure! And way to make this recipe your own! Thanks for commenting.

  • Sharon March 4, 2016, 11:13 am

    I tried this recipe with a few minor changes just because of personal preferences and it was very delicious, its going in my keepers box for sure. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  • Angie March 30, 2016, 6:07 pm

    Made It for dinner so good!! Thank you for this yummy recipe!! ☺️👍 the whole family loved it 😋

    • The Cozy Apron March 30, 2016, 6:24 pm

      Ah…I love it when the whole family “loves it”! :-) So glad you enjoyed, Angie. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!

  • Angela April 12, 2016, 4:51 pm

    Can you make this in a crock pot? It looks so good!

    • The Cozy Apron April 13, 2016, 4:03 pm

      Hi Angela, there’s no reason why you couldn’t! Hope you enjoy!

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