Turkey Gumbo Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Turkey Gumbo Recipe
  • READY IN 4+ hrs

Turkey Gumbo

Recipe by  

"This is a great after-Thanksgiving recipe for leftover turkey. It has become a tradition in our home. "

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 40 mins

    4 hrs 10 mins


  1. Stir oil and flour together in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring slowly and constantly to keep the roux from burning, until the mixture becomes a dark chocolate brown, about 25 minutes. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers to the roux all at once, and continue to stir until vegetables are wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Stir in the smoked sausage and bay leaves, and continue to stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in the turkey stock and stir until the stock and roux mixture are well combined. Bring the gumbo to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Stir in the turkey and the file powder; simmer for 2 hours.
  3. About 30 minutes before serving, bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface of the gumbo; remove from heat. Stir in the parsley and green onions. Remove the bay leaves, and serve the gumbo in deep bowls with rice.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Editor's Note
  • For the smoked sausage, andouille is a great choice, or, you can use kielbasa.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2008

I am pretty sure that the oil measurement is wrong as well as the flour one. I made a roux tonight to add turkey stock to & all it took was 1 stick of butter & about 3 tablespoons of flour. I added about 6 cups of turkey stock, a little at a time, & ended up with about 5 cups of yummy gravy. I also added chic granules for clout & kitchen bouquet. have to be careful with KB as it is potent. My Grandmother used it. It is in all grocery stores. <;-)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 24, 2008

Sorry, this recipe ended up discarded. I wondered if the 1 and 1/8 cup of vegetable oil with the 1 and 1/4 flour was the problem. There was so much oil floating on the top, I had to spoon it out. I could have added to the problem with the turkey stock which contributed to the oily base floating on top and the apple sausage which may of given it a funny taste.


14 Ratings

Nov 27, 2008

With less oil and flour to make the roux, it's a delicious meal. My family loves this. My mother made it when I was growing up. We like to use hot sausage rolled into balls and Bisquick fried, then drained to get rid of excess oil. Garlic added along with the parsely would make this a perfect reason to have Thanksgiving any time of the year.

Nov 29, 2010

After reading the reviews, I cut the flour and oil both down to 1/2 cup each - the recipe was delicious and a great way to use some left over turkey! We also added a bag of frozen okra to the gumbo with 30 minutes left to cook. We'll definitely make this again!

Nov 08, 2010

Wow....The roux is way off! Followed this recipe to a T...Tasted like veg oil. Not close to gumbo in any way. to correct recipe would be to use less oil & a little butter to make the roux. also need garlic & blk pepper. would not recomend waisting your time, money or leftover turkey. This recipe should be removed from this well trusted web site.

Dec 10, 2009

Taking others' advice, I cut the oil down to a half cup and used a half cup of flour. The house still smells like a fry-up, but the end result gumbo was not too greasy. I didn't have any file powder or sassafras (which is what file is made from) so I subsituted a combination of sage, thyme and oregano - a recipe I pulled from Wikipedia. I used chorizo sausage I had on hand, leftover rice from an order of Chinese, and my leftover Thanksgiving turkey. A good use of what was hanging around in the fridge after the holiday.

Nov 25, 2012

I enjoyed my gumbo but I couldn't give this recipe 5 stars because I modified it. My Cajun Grandmother (who was an AMAZING cook) always said the best rule of thumb for making a gumbo roux is 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup flour, 8 cups stock. So when I read this recipe I was shocked at the amount of oil, flour and stock that was called for. Goodness me...that would be some THICK, greasy stuff!!! So I followed the recipe except for those amounts. It was pretty good. Great way to use some of our leftover turkey. :-)

Dec 04, 2011

Tired this recipe last night and it was Wonderful!!! Everyone raved about what a great way to use left over turkey and wanted the recipe. Thanks for sharing this. I did follow the recipe as close as I follow any recipe. I did add 1/4 cup more of floor to balance out the roux and more stock while cooking to keep it the consistency we like. The last 15 minutes of cooking, I added shrimp because at our house, Gumbo, need shrimp. Served it over rice. Truly a keeper.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 1432 kcal
  • 72%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 81.7 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol
  • 167 mg
  • 56%
  • Fat
  • 93.3 g
  • 143%
  • Fiber
  • 5.6 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 63.9 g
  • 128%
  • Sodium
  • 2386 mg
  • 95%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Sausage and Chicken Gumbo

Watch Chef John make a classic New Orleans gumbo.

How to Make Turkey Chili

Make easy, hearty turkey chili with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Chef John’s Duck, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo

See how Chef John makes an intensely flavorful gumbo.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States