Nothing says Cajun cuisine like Gumbo! The secret is in the roux; A good gumbo uses a dark roux which adds deep flavor and intense color. On the stovetop, this process can take up to 45 minutes of constant stirring to get it right. Here’s our secret: You can make perfect roux in less than 5 minutes using the microwave — no stirring required. Add the remaining gumbo ingredients to the Anyday, cover with the lid, and cook in the microwave. Easy weeknight gumbo is ready in the same time it takes to build a traditional roux on the stovetop!
Anyday dishes are built for cooking from scratch in the microwave, freeing up time.
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ cup (30g) small diced onion
¼ cup (30g) small diced celery
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 boneless chicken thigh (about 85g), cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (85g) andouille sausage, sliced
½ cup (120ml) chicken stock
¼ bay leaf
½ cup (75g) okra, fresh or frozen
1 pinch cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon file powder, optional (see note)
Steamed white rice, for serving
1 green onion, sliced
Add the oil and flour into the Anyday and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the flour has turned dark brown on most of its surface area. It may smell toasty or almost burnt, but this means the roux is cooking appropriately. Note: Don’t stir until the cooking time is over or it will result in an undercooked roux. If the roux starts to smoke and tuns black, it has burned, start again
When the flour mixture is dark brown, stir until the flour is fully dissolved and the mixture becomes smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the file powder, and mix until fully incorporated. Cover with the lid and cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, or until the liquid has thickened and the chicken and sausage are cooked through.
Add the file powder and stir. Serve hot with steamed rice and sliced green onions, if desired.
Serving suggestions & tips
Serve with Corn Spoonbread! The rich, sweet corn pairs well with the deep flavors of gumbo.