Gumbo Filé Powder, Sassafras Leaves

Gumbo filé powder, a crucial ingredient in authentic Creole cooking, is made from the powdered leaves of the sassafras tree. When ground, they have a rich, sweet, cooling smell, reminiscent of eucalyptus crossed with juicy fruit gum.
$5.59
+

Details

Spice Region
Inline map louisiana

Filé powder is used for both flavor and texture in traditional gumbo, thickening the broth and adding a slippery texture. It can be used either in addition to, or instead of, roux and okra. Filé powder is generally added at the end of cooking, or stirred into hot gumbo just before serving.

Long before the use of filé powder for Creole and Cajun cooking, American Indians pounded sassafras leaves into a powder and added them to soups and stews.

Recipes featuring this spice

Related products

We often get the question, "Which mint do I use for cooking?”. Spearmint is the most popular mint used for cooking; it has a perfect... Size Options
$3.35 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. .5 oz)
The intensely sweet and heady flavor of licorice is so indescribable that it’s often considered a taste category of its very own. It can... Size Options
$5.03 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 1.5 oz)
These lovely, hand-picked, organic whole cloves are as flavorful as any of their traditionally grown counterparts. Large and aromatic,... Size Options
$8.39 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2 oz)
Out of Stock
This finely ground and sifted powder has an unbelievably high 5-7% oil content, for a flavor that will dominate in any recipe. Size Options
$7.83 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2oz)