Spice Profiles

Spice Profile: Filé


Filé powder is a herb made from the dried and ground leaves of the sassafras tree.

It goes best with Gumbo, like Hank Williams sang about, and is a key ingredient in Cajun and Creole cuisine.

According to Wikipedia, “Choctaw Indians of the American South (Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana) were the first to use dried, ground sassafras leaves as a seasoning”.


Filé powder smells like eucalyptus or Juicy Fruit gum, and has a distinctive “root beer” flavor. The earthy taste of file powder is similar to thyme combined with savory.

Now let’s eat some GUMBO! Just add some Filé and your favorite hot pepper sauce.