Homemade Seafood Gumbo

Homemade Seafood Gumbo

Homemade Seafood Gumbo is a delicious and flavorful dish that originates from Louisiana Creole cuisine. It typically includes a variety of seafood, vegetables, and spices. Here’s a basic recipe to help you prepare this tasty dish:


For the Roux:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

For the Gumbo:

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound okra, sliced (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 gallon seafood or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound crabmeat
  • 1 pound crawfish tails (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • Cooked white rice for serving


  • Prepare the Roux:
    • In a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, combine the flour and vegetable oil over medium heat.
    • Stir constantly to prevent burning.
    • Continue cooking until the roux reaches a dark brown color. This can take 20-30 minutes. Be patient; the roux is a crucial element for flavor.
  • Saut√© Vegetables and Sausage:
    • Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, celery, and minced garlic to the dark roux.
    • Stir well and cook for about 4_ 8¬† minutes until the vegetables are softened.
    • Add the sliced andouille sausage and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  • Add Tomatoes and Okra:
    • Pour in the diced tomatoes with their juice and sliced okra.
      • Stir and cook for an additional 6 minutes.

  • Pour in Stock and Add Seasonings:
    • Slowly add the seafood or chicken stock while stirring to avoid lumps.
    • Add thyme, bay leaves, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Add Seafood:
    • Add the shrimp, crabmeat, and crawfish tails (if using).
    • Cook for an additional 4_ 8 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Finish and Serve:
    • Stir in chopped parsley and green onions.
    • Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    • Remove the bay leaves.
    • Serve the gumbo over cooked white rice.

Enjoy your Homemade Seafood Gumbo! Adjust the spice levels and ingredients according to your preferences. This dish is perfect for sharing with family and friends.

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