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Basic Seafood Gumbo

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Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

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This seafood gumbo is made with a variety of shellfish, along with a classic roux, herbs, okra, and vegetables.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8


  • 1 1/2 cups crabmeat
  • 2 pounds shrimp, in shells
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 small onion, cut in wedges
  • salt and black pepper
  • parsley
  • 2 pounds okra, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons bacon grease, divided, or use butter or duck fat
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 green peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons brown roux (see recipes, below)
  • reserved shrimp stock
  • salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, to taste
  • hot cooked rice


In a large Dutch oven boil the water with bay leaves, lemon juice, onion wedges, salt, pepper, and parsley. Wash shrimp and add to pot; boil for 2 minutes. Peel shrimp and return shells to the stock for later use. Put shrimp and crab meat in refrigerator for the time being.

Saute okra in 2 tablespoons bacon grease or butter in large heavy skillet.

When okra is soft, transfer to a stew pot and add tomatoes. Stir and mix together well. Clean skillet and heat remaining 2 tablespoons bacon grease. Sauté the chopped onion, green pepper, and red pepper until softened; add to the stew pot.

In a saucepan, warm the roux; strain shrimp stock and stir into the roux. When well-blended, add to the large stew pot with the other ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, adding more strained stock if needed. Taste and add salt, pepper, thyme, and parsley to taste. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours longer; add the reserved shrimp and crab meat and cook for 15 minutes longer.
Serve with hot boiled rice in wide bowls.
Serves 6 to 8.

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 5 out of 5
Fifth time making this recipe, Member MellyKelly

This will be the fifth Mardi Gras in a row that I use this recipe. It is amazing. I actually double the recipe because I'm cooking for a large group and it is always a favorite. Very essential to be liberal with the bacon grease when cooking the okra. It takes out the sliminess.

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