Shrimp & Okra Soup

The combination of veggies in this shrimp and okra soup work well together, and the soup served over rice makes for a filling and delicious dinner. For heat-seekers, add a dash of hot sauce before serving.

shrimp and okra soup
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • 1 fresh or dried bay leaf

  • 1 pound large peeled, deveined raw shrimp

  • 2 cups frozen sliced okra, thawed

  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed

  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans, thawed

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 3 cups cooked long-grain brown rice

  • 6 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions

  • Hot sauce (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and celery; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, salt and cayenne; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, undisturbed, until the vegetables are softened and the flavors meld, about 20 minutes.

  2. Add shrimp, okra, corn and green beans to the pot. Return to a simmer over low heat; cover and simmer, stirring once, until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through and the vegetables are heated through, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in lemon juice.

  3. Divide rice among 6 bowls. Top with soup and sprinkle with scallions. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
5g Fat
43g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2 cups soup & 1/2 cup rice
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Vitamin A 2032IU 41%
Vitamin C 50mg 56%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 143mcg 36%
Vitamin K 40mcg 33%
Sodium 515mg 22%
Calcium 144mg 11%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Potassium 624mg 13%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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