Gumbo filé is a spice made from dried and ground sassafras leaves. It is used in the making of some types of gumbo, a Creole and Cajun soup/stew. Gumbo filé is sprinkled sparingly over gumbo as a seasoning and thickening agent, giving it a distinctive, earthy flavor and texture. Filé can provide thickening when okra is not in season. Filé translates to “string”, suggestive of the powder’s thickening ability. Its flavor resembles thyme and savory.
To use Gumbo filé: 1 Tbsp to six portions of shrimp or chicken gumbo. Add to already cooked, hot dish. Remove from heat. Use 1-2 tsp to 3 qts soup. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
1 oz. & 3 oz.