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A bowl full of Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 quarts 1x


We begin this classic seafood gumbo with an extra dark roux then boost the shrimp, crab, and oyster flavors with seafood stock. The gumbo simmers to a delicious end with fresh chopped parsley and green onion tops for added flavor and color.



3/4 cup oil

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 large onion, chopped (1 1/4 cup)

2 celery ribs, chopped (1 cup)

1 large green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)

3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped

4 cups seafood stock

2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned

1 pound crab claws, peeled and cleaned

1 pound raw oysters, shucked and cleaned

21/2 teaspoons Slap-Ya-Mama Cajun seasoning blend, or your favorite Cajun seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup fresh green onion tops, chopped


Cook the oil and flour in a heavy black cast iron pot over medium heat stirring continually until the roux is a dark-chocolate, fudge color.

Add the onions, celery, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, adding the garlic during the last few minutes of cooking time.

Next, transfer the roux mixture to a large gumbo pot and add the seafood stock and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes, covered with a small crack in the lid so it doesn’t boil over.

Add shrimp and seasonings then cook on medium-low heat to simmer for 10 minutes.

Add crab and oysters and continue simmering for 5 minutes more.

Taste the juice and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Stir in parsley and onion tops, simmer a few minutes more and serve over cooked white rice.


Make sure seafood is free of shells, sand, and/or grit.

Extra salt may not be needed if you are using another seasoning blend besides Slap-Ya-Mama.

The oysters, parsley, and onion tops are optional making the gumbo still very tasty without them.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Category: Seafood/Main Dish/Appetizer
  • Method: Sauteeing/Stewing
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: seafood gumbo

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