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For the band, see Filé (band).Filé powder, also called gumbo filé, is a spice made from dried and ground sassafras leaves (or derived from sassafras bark). It is used in the making of some types of gumbo, a Creole and Cajun soup/stew. It is sprinkled sparingly over gumbo as a seasoning and a 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. Unlike sassa...