Filé powder

Sassafras albidum sassafras

Origin: North America

Flavour: Similar to thyme, anise and citrus, vanilla.

Uses: Thickener in Louisiana creole cuisine, gumbo, seasoning, soup, stew, roux.

Dishes: Chicken–andouille filé gumbo, jambalaya, candy, tea, root beer, jelly.
*Sassafras/Sarsaparilla is banned by the FDA and banned in Canada due to its carcinogenic effects.

Compliments: Cinnamon, black pepper, mint, anise, coriander seed, allspice, basil, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, thyme.

Substitutes for Filé: Okra, arrowroot powder, cornstarch.
*Note– The familiar taste of root beer will be absent with the suggested substitutes.

If you want to incorporate the most authentic flavours of New Orleans to your slow, simmered and delicious Louisiana inspired gumbo’s add Zatarain’s Pure Ground Gumbo Filé to your recipes.