- 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)
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.
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.
Add the water/broth and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Add the shrimp and lump crab meat to the pot and simmer for at least 15 more minutes (up to 30 minutes).
Remove from the heat once the soup has reduced slightly and started to thicken, then season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
Enjoy while warm BUT enjoying the soup the next day is HIGHLY recommended since the flavors would have had a chance to meld together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey, I'm Kevin
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.
By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!