Want to get your products accredited with our trademarks? Find out more

Follow us

What are you looking for?

What are you looking for?

Eating veggie » Recipes » Gumbo – Louisiana Mixed Veg Casserole

Gumbo – Louisiana Mixed Veg Casserole

Prep time 10 mins, cook time 40 mins

Serves 4

Suitable for Freezing

Gumbo is a flavoursome Louisiana casserole, hinting of influences from Africa, France and Spain. Our vegetarian version uses beans and tofu in place of the traditional meats and shellfish. Okra is used in this dish to act as a thickening agent. Filé (sassafras) powder is often used in gumbo in place of okra.


For the creole seasoning

  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp white pepper

For the gumbo

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 packet basil tofu or vegan sausage
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 stick celery sliced
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves smoked garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp chipotle en adobo
  • 200ml vegan red wine
  • 250g okra chopped
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chard shredded
  • 100g frozen spinach
  • 1 x 400g can white beans drained
  • 12 cherry tomatoes halves
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley chopped


  1. If using vegan sausages rather than basil tofu, cook according to product instructions then slice and set aside for later.
  2. Make the Creole seasoning by mixing together all the spice ingredients.
  3. In a frying pan, shallow fry the tofu cubes in half the oil until crisp, turning to cook each side. Set aside for later.
  4. Start the gumbo by frying the onion, celery and green pepper in the remaining oil for 5 minutes or until they start to soften.
  5. Add the smoked garlic, chipotle en adobo sauce and homemade Creole seasoning and fry briefly for 1 minute, stirring frequently to avoid sticking.
  6. Add the red wine and cook for 5 minutes to reduce slightly.
  7. While the wine is reducing, wash the okra thoroughly under cold running water then pat them completely dry with kitchen roll. This step is important to help prevent the okra becoming slimy when cooking. If using frozen okra skip to next step.
  8. Now add the vegetable stock, chopped tomatoes, okra, chard, spinach, beans and pre-fried tofu to the saucepan. Bring the casserole to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Finally, add the sliced sausage and stir in the cherry tomatoes. Serve garnished with the parsley.

Lettuce Keep You in the Loop

Illustration of vegetable

We are a collective of determined people, connected by our shared belief in a better future for every life on earth. Keep up with our work and sign up to our newsletters...

By submitting your details, you are agreeing for us to send you emails about the Vegetarian Society’s and/or Cookery School's work, as well as how you can get involved and support us through fundraising and campaigning. We will never share your details with anyone else, and you can unsubscribe from these emails at any time. See the full Privacy Policy with information about how we store and use your personal data.

Follow us on social