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Seafood Gumbo Recipe
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Seafood Gumbo
Loaded with crab, oysters, and shrimp, here’s a gumbo for seafood lovers! See more
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Seafood Gumbo

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"This seafood gumbo takes some time, but is well worth the investment. Serve over long-grain white rice."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Combine the red, white, and black peppers, paprika, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a heavy pot, 5 quart or larger, heat oil over medium heat, warming the pot first. Add onions, celery, and green pepper. Turn heat to high. Stirring frequently, add garlic, file, hot sauce, and the pepper-herb mixture. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add tomato sauce, and stir as it reduces over high heat. Add fish stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. When ready to serve, add shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat. Cover, and wait 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 20, 2003

This recipes takes a while to make, but it is sure worth it!! I've gotten rave reviews from many people who usually don't enjoy seafood. I put shimp, clams, crab, mussels, and oysters in my version and it is wonderful!!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 21, 2005

not too bad, but two items of thought. Traditional Louisiana Gumbo does not contain tomato sauce and it does contain a roux. The dark grey chocolate-esque look of traditional gumbo and the deep flavor of a roux cannot be duplicated with tomato sauce :) Keep the file in it, but use a roux as a deep thickeningagent instead of the tomato sauce. Also add okra :) NOTE: DO not add the File powder until the gumbo is done cooking and right before serving. File becomes distasteful when cooked and also doesn't keep well. Only add it into individual servings right before going to the table.

Aug 14, 2006

The stock this recipe uses is great, but this recipe isn't as good. Real gumbo uses a roux as dark as a beer bottle, not tomato sauce.

Nov 11, 2010

Excellent gumbo recipe. I'd also like to mention in reply to LASTMANG0 above, this is a traditional 'Creole' gumbo, which do usually contain tomato, and don't use a roux at all. Cajun gumbo uses a roux (usually a very dark one).

Apr 15, 2003

I made this gumbo for a large group that I was cooking dinner for and it received rave reviews from EVERYONE! It does take a long time to make but it is well worth the effort. My version had crawfish, shrimp and crabmeat. I did have a lot of difficulty finding the file powder, so make sure you find it before taking on this recipe.

Feb 11, 2008

I added some squid and 1 pound of turkey sausage. I also substituted black pepper for the white pepper powder (a little carton of white pepper cost 4 bucks, while black pepper costs 69 cents. See my point?). I also served long grain white rice on top of this. It was great.

Jul 25, 2004

Very yummy tasting, my hubby would've liked more texture to his vegatables. I chopped them on the finer side (my fault). We used a mixed seafood bag that had squid, mussels, shirmp etc. Few leftovers. Thanks

Nov 08, 2011

Great recipe! To the couple of people who said that gumbo "must have roux" or "doesn't have tomato sauce"... I have lived in Louisiana and I have Cajun and French relatives and those statements are not true. There is a "red gumbo" and a "brown gumbo".


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  • Calories
  • 357 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 24 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 22.8 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 1398 mg
  • 56%

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

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