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. 

For a medium roux, follow this recipe for a traditional roux and cook it until it is approximately the color of peanut butter.


  • 1/4 cup medium roux
  • 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
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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
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  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Variation

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