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Creole Shrimp and Okra Bowl with Steamed Peppers

Combine shrimp and okra with some fresh vegetables and serve over a bed of rice for this delicious take on a shrimp gumbo.

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If you’ve seen any of my 2017 garden posts, then you may have noticed our overabundance of okra. I found a photo of a shrimp and okra bowl and decided we could try to make it ourselves. We started cooking to see what we could come up with since I didn’t have a recipe. This is great because it’s basically a one-pan meal as well, besides cooking the rice to put the gumbo over.

We have so much okra out in the garden, so I sent Justin out to get the okra for the recipe. I don’t like going out there in the summer (and whatever the calendar says, it’s summer in South Texas) because there are always a lot of wasps out there and I am terrified of wasps. So during the warm months when the wasps are most active, I don’t do much in the garden. I don’t even go in the backyard much because of the wasps and the heat.

I learned okra should be about 3-4 inches for optimal taste. When they get longer, they get stringy and lose a lot of their flavor.

The original recipe had a green bell pepper in it, but we had trouble finding one at that time. We decided to use a yellow pepper and it still turned out delicious.

Shrimp and Okra Bowl Recipe

Garnish Ideas for Shrimp and Okra Bowl

I am one who always likes to garnish my meals. Sometimes it’s as simple as a dash of salt and black pepper, other times I want a sauce. Here are my favorite ways to garnish this okra gumbo. 

  • Dash of black pepper
  • Sliced green onions
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lemon juice
  • Hot sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Dried celery flakes
  • Fresh parsley
  • Dried onion
  • Crushed tomatoes or tomato juice

Ingredients Options

As always, when you make a meal at home, you have the ability to make some changes. 

  • The type of bell pepper you use will change the flavor a bit. We liked the mild yellow pepper, but you could also use any other color bell pepper. 
  • If you aren’t a fan of red onions since they can be strong, switch that out for a yellow onion. 
  • I like Toney Cachere Creole Seasoning, but you can use any brand. You can also use cajun seasoning if that’s all you have. 
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, or stewed tomatoes to your shrimp mixture. 

Shrimp and Okra Bowl Step by Step


  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 10 oz fresh okra (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (sliced in half)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning
  • 8 oz large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar


Prepare the rice according to the package directions. I like to use my rice steamer for this step.

Preheat the broiler in the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil to make cleanup quicker and easier. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of oil, the cornmeal, and sliced okra stirring to coat the okra.

Put the bell pepper halves and okra on the lined baking sheet with the skin side up. Broil on the middle oven rack for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, cover the bell pepper. Let it sit for another 10 minutes to let it continue to cook by steaming in the bowl. Then chop the pepper into bite-sized pieces.

In a medium bowl, combine the honey and creole seasoning then coat the shrimp. I prefer to go ahead and take the tail off the shrimp before cooking. It’s easier to eat later if the tails are off.

Put the shrimp on the baking sheet with the okra. Put it back under the broiler for another 8-10 minutes flipping the shrimp halfway through.

Combine the cooked pepper, okra, and shrimp with the tomato, sliced onion, parsley, celery, red wine vinegar, salt, and rice in a large bowl. We kept the okra full, but you could also cut it and add the chopped okra to your mixture. This is especially helpful if you have little ones trying to eat this. 

Divide the food into four serving dishes and serve warm. Garnish as desired.

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Shrimp and Okra Bowl Leftovers

Storage: Place any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. 

Reheating: The best way to reheat this okra mixture is in a saucepan or deep skillet over medium heat or medium-high heat. If it gets dry, add a small amount of chicken broth or vegetable broth. 


Originally Published On: September 28, 2017

Last Updated On: October 19, 2023

Shrimp and okra bowl recipe in a white bowl with a towel next to it

Shrimp and Okra Bowl

Combine shrimp and okra with some fresh vegetables and serve over a bed of rice for this delicious take on a shrimp gumbo.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Main Dish
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 6 votes


  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 10 oz fresh okra (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (sliced in half)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning
  • 8 oz large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar


  • Preheat the broiler to high and line a baking sheet with foil
  • Cook the rice according to directions
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tbsp oil, cornmeal, and okra, stirring to coat the okra
  • Place the okra and bell pepper on the baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes
  • Take the pepper out and cover it to rest for 10 minutes, then dice
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the honey and creole seasoning and coat the shrimp
  • Add the shrimp to the pan with the okra and broil again for 8-10 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through
  • Combine okra, bell pepper, shrimp, tomato, red onion, parsley, celery, red wine vinegar, and rice
  • Serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Okra Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 461mg19%
Potassium 693mg20%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1900IU38%
Vitamin C 92.7mg112%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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48 thoughts on “Creole Shrimp and Okra Bowl with Steamed Peppers”

  1. 5 stars
    I was introduced to Okra when I was in basic training. I don’t have my thing against it but have never cooked with it. I have seen it in the freezer aisle and so now I have a recipe to grab a bag.

  2. Funny, okra is the one vegetable in the world that I don’t eat LOL! I don’t know, maybe the texture? This dish looks amazing though. Maybe I will give it one more shot!

  3. 5 stars
    These shrimp okra bowl looks delicious and really tempting. I really love to try this kind of recipe. We really love okra and I like how you prepared it. This is worth to try.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve always wondered what to do with Okra so this was really helpful. Next time I see it in the supermarket I might pick some up.

  5. I love love love okra! I never think about grabbing some to add to dishes! This has inspired me!

  6. Indian cuisine uses okra very differently. We cook it as a vegetable in itself. But I’m tempted to try this recipe. Sounds deliciously good!

  7. I think it’s awesome that you have a garden of your own. Being able to use home grown food from your backyard is so convenient. That shrimp and okra bowl looks delicious!

    1. It was always a dream of mine to have a backyard garden. In our previous home, we didn’t have space. Now, after having this one, I want a full greenhouse at our next home.

  8. 5 stars
    Okra is one of my favorite veggies but I prepare it in a popular soup. Your dish looks both healthy and delicious.

  9. Omg did you say shrimp?!?! I’m always looking for new shrimp recipes. Definitely giving this a try. Delicious

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