What is gumbo file?

Answer The Gulf Coast Choctaw Indians taught early Cajun settlers to use the powdered sassafras leaves known as file as a soup thickener and seasoning. This worked so well in gumbo stew that some now call... Read More »

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What is the difference between File and Creole gumbo?

Shrimp creole is a tomato based sauce. Gumbo is made from a roux, which is basically flour and oil. In my opinion Shrimp Gumbo is better than shrimp creole, however, both are delicious.

About gumbo - file powder?

Go ahead without it, as with all of the other flavours it will still be robust.Dune

What country did gumbo originate in?

Gumbo is a Cajun/Creole dish created in the United States, most likely in Louisiana. One of the earliest references to gumbo pegs it as a Lousiana native dish in about 1830. It traces its origins i... Read More »

What is the origin of shrimp gumbo?

According to, the true origin of gumbo is unknown. The earliest references to the dish date back to the early 1800s, where it was enjoyed in both the Acadian coastal area an... Read More »