Gumbo with Gulf Shrimp

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Homemade Gumbo with Gulf Shrimp

There is nothing like a snowstorm that makes me want to cook up a big pot of gumbo!  This is really a seafood gumbo, but I threw some shredded chicken breast in as well.  I didn’t quite stick to a recipe because I am in New York and certain basic ingredients (like file powder!) were impossible to find.  Nevertheless, this hearty dish is filled with flavor and is the perfect dish that will stick to your bones during this harsh winter weather.

Of course, you can jazz up the recipe by adding a pound of andouille sausage or a half pound of oysters or crab meat (if adding oysters or crab meat, add with the shrimp).

Every gumbo starts with a roux.  And be careful not to burn the roux!  Stir the roux constantly, otherwise it can easily burn.  If the roux burns, you’ll have to discard it completely and start over.  I then sauteed onion, celery and bell pepper, which I then added to the roux.  Finally, I added the diced tomatoes, homemade shrimp stock, okra, spices, and shredded chicken.  Finally, I sauteed the shrimp in garlic and butter, before topping it off with white wine and then adding to the gumbo.

Every gumbo starts with a roux: a combination of oil and flour Sautee onion, celery, and bell peppers before adding to the roux Sprinkle cayenne pepper over the sauteed vegetables Sautee garlic in butter before adding shrimp Allow shrimp to cook about 2 minutes per side. Shrimp is ready when it is cooked through out.  Allow to simmer in white wine for two minutes before adding to gumbo. Your gumbo is ready to serve over rice! (Of course, you can sub out rice for a healthier grain like quinoa)
Gumbo with Gulf Shrimp
Author: Vallery
Serves: 6 servings
Every region of south Louisiana does gumbo differently. Some will scoff at the tomatoes in this recipe. Some, the okra. Some will wonder where the file powder is! Of course, you can mismatch whatever gumbo recipes you want.
  • 1/2 cup butter + 3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″>2 <span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”2 ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>cups</span> okra, cooked according to directions*</span>
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 3 cups seafood stock (See previous post for recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 pounds fresh shrimp, seasoned with creole seasoning and pepper
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″>1 cup dry white wine (e.g., <span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”” data-mce-bogus=”1″>sauvignon</span> blanc)</span>
  • creole seasoning, to taste
  • Tabasco, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″>*Don’t worry if okra initially appears slimy. It is an excellent thickening agent for the gumbo, and the <span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”the ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>sliminess</span> of the texture will cook away while the gumbo is simmering.</span>
  1. <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″>Combine 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup flour in a dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat (I used my 5.5 qt. Le <span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”Le ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>Creuset</span> dutch oven). Stir constantly for 10-15 minutes, until a light-brown roux forms. Remove from heat.</span>
  2. <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”” data-mce-bogus=”1″>Sautee</span> onion, celery, bell pepper and cayenne pepper in one tablespoon olive oil and one tablespoon butter until tender, about 5 minutes.</span>
  3. Place roux over medium heat. Stir vegetables into roux. Add diced tomatoes, seafood stock, cooked okra, cooked chicken and old bay seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmering. Allow to simmer until the mixture has thickened slightly, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add two tablespoons of butter to a large skillet, along with garlic over medium-high heat. Allow to cook until garlic is light brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp and cook on each side for about two minutes, until the shrimp is cooked throughout. Then, add white wine and simmer for about two minutes. Finally, add the mixture to the gumbo.
  6. Allow the gumbo to simmer another 5-10 minutes. Correct seasoning with tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately over rice.


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  • Curlz And The City SAYS | January 28, 2015

    This dish was simply amazing. Thanks for the recipe. Going to try this for my next big family gathering.

    • Foodie in France SAYS | January 28, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed 😉

  • soulphia SAYS | January 28, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I want to give it a try. My mouth is watering just looking at these images. So freakin’ good.

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