Seafood Gumbo with Shrimp and Crab Meat

Seafood Gumbo

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  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 bowls (6 servings)

This seafood gumbo starts with a roux, and it's packed with a variety of shellfish, including oysters, shrimp, and crab. 

Feel free to adjust the seafood. Make it with all shrimp or shrimp and crab meat or mussels, or simply shrimp and sliced sausage.


  • 1/4 cup medium roux (see recipes below)
  • 2 large onions (chopped)
  • 3 cups okra (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 quarts water
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup parsley (finely chopped)
  • 6 to 8 green onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 pounds shrimp
  • 1 cup oysters
  • 1 cup crab meat
  • 6 crab claws
  • Hot cooked rice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients.

    Seafood gumbo ingredients
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  2. Add shrimp to roux and cook for a few minutes. Set aside.

    Add shrimp to roux
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  3. In a large skillet, cook okra and onions in hot oil.

    Cook onions and okra in oil
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  4. When the okra is just becoming tender, add tomatoes and garlic. Cook a few minutes longer, then add water, salt, and pepper.

    Add tomatoes and garlic to okra and onions
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  5. Combine shrimp and roux mixture with okra mixture; simmer for about 10 minutes. Add oysters, crab meat, and crab claws; simmer for 15 minutes.

    Combine shrimp to okra and roux mixtures. Then add other seafood
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  6.  Add parsley and green onions and simmer another 15 to 20 minutes.

    Add parsley and green onions to seafood mixture
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  7. Serve with hot cooked rice.

    Finished seafood gumbo. Serve with rice
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  8. Enjoy!