Low Carb Cajun Style Okra Seafood Soup

Calories 393
Protein 34g
Fat 20g
Carbs 18g
Total Time 1 hour, 10 minutes


Cajun Seafood Soup Recipe


Ingredients for 6 Cajun Seafood Soup servings

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb raw okra, diced into small rings
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 fresh cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons The Fit Cook Southern Creole Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot (or cornstarch), optional
  • 6 cups no salt added chicken broth (or water)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ lb. Lump crab meat
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper (to taste)
  1. Set a large, heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil and okra and sauté for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure it is not burning and make sure the okra is touching the bottom of the pot.  The longer you cook the okra, the less mucilage (“slime”) will be in the final product.  Note: okra mucilage is a thickener for the soup, so the longer you cook the okra, the thinner the broth. I recommend cooking for no more than 25 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, celery and green bell pepper and cook for an additional 6 – 8 minutes, or until the edges of the onion have started to brown. Sprinkle in the seasoning, tomato paste and tomato (and if you want a thicker broth, add the arrowroot at this moment as well).  Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the water/broth and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and lump crab meat to the pot and simmer for at least 15 more minutes (up to 30 minutes).
    Cajun Seafood Soup
  5. Remove from the heat once the soup has reduced slightly and started to thicken, then season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
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  6. Enjoy while warm BUT enjoying the soup the next day is HIGHLY recommended since the flavors would have had a chance to meld together.
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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.