Basic Seafood Gumbo

Basic Seafood Gumbo

Try this delicious, classic seafood gumbo recipe, made with shrimp, okra, and crabmeat.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large Dutch oven bring to a boil the water with bay leaves, lemon juice, onion wedges, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  2. Step 2

    Wash shrimp and add it (unpeeled) to stock; boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Peel shrimp. Return shells to the stock in the Dutch oven and set aside for later use.
  4. Step 4

    Put shrimp and crabmeat in the refrigerator for the time being.
  5. Step 5

    Sauté the sliced okra in 2 tablespoons bacon grease or butter in a large heavy skillet or sauté pan.
  6. Step 6

    When okra is soft, transfer to a stew pot and add the tomatoes. Stir well.
  7. Step 7

    Clean skillet and heat remaining 2 tablespoons bacon grease, butter, or duck fat. Sauté the chopped onions, green peppers, and red pepper until softened; add to the stew pot with the tomatoes and okra.
  8. Step 8

    In a saucepan, warm the roux; strain the reserved shrimp stock and stir about 2 quarts of the stock into the roux.
  9. Step 9

    When well blended, add to the large stew pot with the other ingredients.
  10. Step 10

    Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, adding more strained stock if needed.
  11. Step 11

    Taste and add salt, pepper, thyme, and parsley to taste. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours longer; add the reserved shrimp and crabmeat and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  12. Step 12

    Serve with hot boiled rice, if desired.