Soulful Vegan Gumbo: A Plant-Based Twist on a New Orleans Classic

Nov 15, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

15 minutes
45 minutes


For the Roux:

– 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil

For the Gumbo Base:

– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 celery stalks, diced
– 1 green bell pepper, diced
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
– 1 teaspoon paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust according to your spice preference)
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
– 4 cups vegetable broth
– 1 cup okra, sliced
– 1 cup corn kernels
– 1 cup sliced mushrooms
– 1 cup diced zucchini
– Salt and black pepper to taste
– Cooked rice, to serve


– Chopped green onions
– Fresh parsley

Vegan Gumbo Ingredients


1. Let’s start with making the roux. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and whisk continuously until the mixture becomes a golden-brown color. Be patient, as this may take around 10-15 minutes. Remember to stir constantly to avoid burning and achieve that rich flavor.

2. Once the roux is ready, transfer it to a separate bowl and set aside.

3. In the same pot, heat another tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add onions, celery, and green bell pepper. Sauté until the veggies start to soften, usually around 5 minutes.

4. Stir in the minced garlic, Cajun seasoning, paprika, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf. Allow the spices to bloom for a minute or two, releasing their magnificent aroma.

5. Time to introduce the stars of our gumbo show! Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, okra, corn, mushrooms, and zucchini. Stir well, ensuring all ingredients are well-coated in the flavor-packed spice mixture. Bring everything to a boil.

6. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let the gumbo simmer for about 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld together and create a harmonious composition.

7. After the simmering session, it’s time for the roux to make its triumphant return. Gradually add the roux to the pot, whisking continuously to prevent clumps from forming.

8. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the spice levels according to your preference. If you’d like a thicker gumbo, let it simmer for a little longer until it reaches your desired consistency.

9. Now, take a moment to revel in the aroma of your creation. The captivating scent of spices and vegetables should transport you to the lively streets of New Orleans.

10. Remove the bay leaf, and get ready to serve. Ladle the Vegan Gumbo over a generous portion of cooked rice. Finally, sprinkle some freshly chopped green onions and parsley on top to add a touch of freshness.

Vegan Gumbo Cooking Instructions

Tips and Variations:

– If you enjoy a smokier flavor, you can include some smoked paprika or a few drops of liquid smoke to the gumbo base.
– Feel free to experiment with different veggies, such as bell peppers of various colors or even eggplant. Just remember that gumbo is all about the soulful mix of flavors and textures.
– To add some protein to your gumbo, consider adding cooked tofu, tempeh, or your favorite vegan sausage during the simmering process.

Vegan Gumbo


My Vegan Gumbo recipe pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of New Orleans while elevating it with the flair and versatility of plant-based cooking. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply looking to expand your culinary horizons, this soulful, animal-free delight is sure to captivate your taste buds and leave you craving for more. So grab a bowl, spoon a generous portion over rice, and let the flavors transport you to the vibrant streets of the Big Easy.

Vegan Gumbo

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