Easiest Way to Prepare Perfect Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo. Gumbo is one dish that makes Louisiana cuisine so famous. We live across the state line in Texas and can't seem to get enough of this traditional gumbo recipe that features okra, shrimp, spicy seasonings and what is called the holy trinity—onions, green peppers and celery. This recipe calls for seafood, but you could also use chicken, duck or sausage.

Seafood Gumbo This delightful Seafood Gumbo is full of shrimp and crab and it has a nice spicy kick. There's nothing like a warm bowl of gumbo, and I especially like a seafood gumbo. Making a big pot of gumbo is a little labor intensive, but it lasts for days and only gets better with time. You can cook Seafood Gumbo using 27 ingredients and 4 steps. Here is how you achieve it.

Ingredients of Seafood Gumbo

  1. Prepare of Roux ingredients.
  2. Prepare 3/4 cup of bacon drippings.
  3. Prepare 1 cup of flour.
  4. Prepare of Vegetable mix.
  5. You need 1 cup of chopped celery.
  6. You need 1 of large green bell pepper.
  7. It's 2 cloves of garlic.
  8. It's 1 pound of andouille sausage.
  9. Prepare 1 of yellow onion.
  10. It's of Gumbo base.
  11. It's 3 quarts of water.
  12. You need 6 cubes of beef bouillon.
  13. You need 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  14. You need to taste of Salt.
  15. You need 2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce (Louisiana hot sauce).
  16. It's 1/2 teaspoon of Cajon Seasoning.
  17. It's 4 of bay leaves.
  18. You need 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves.
  19. You need 14.5 ounce of can stewed tomatoes.
  20. You need 6 ounce of can tomato sauce.
  21. It's 2 teaspoons of gumbo file powder.
  22. You need of Seafood mix.
  23. You need 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar.
  24. Prepare 1 pound of lump crabmeat.
  25. It's 3 pounds of uncooked medium shrimp (peeled and deveined).
  26. You need 2 tablespoons of Worcester shire sauce.
  27. It's 2 teaspoons of gumbo file powder.

It's perfect for a lazy afternoon spent at home. This is a real SEAFOOD gumbo. This is the best gumbo I've ever had. The crab boil is the key ingredient - do not omit it.

Seafood Gumbo step by step

  1. Make roux mix by whisking flour and bacon drippings constantly in sauce pan over medium-low heat until rich mahogany color. Remove from heat until it stops cooking. Usually 8-15 minutes..
  2. Place celery, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic in food processor on pulse until finely chopped. Mix vegetables and sausage into roux mix and place back over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender. Usually 10-15 minutes..
  3. Bring water and beef bouillon to boil in large pot (8 quarts or larger). Whisk the roux mix into boiling water once the cubes disolve. Reduce to simmer then mix in the rest of the base: sugar, salt, hot sauce, Cajon seasoning, bay leaves, thyme, stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer for 1 hour and add the file gumbo powder at the 45 minute mark..
  4. Mix in shrimp, crab meat, Worsteshire and white vinegar into gumbo and simmer for another 45 minutes. Mix in file gumbo powder before serving..

The smell will drive you nuts!!! Some opt for seafood, others for chicken and andouille. For this recipe, we chose to fill the gumbo with heady seafood ingredients such as fresh crabmeat, shrimp, and oysters. Seafood gumbo, packed with shrimp, oysters, red snapper, and, especially Louisiana blue crab, is a classic South Louisiana dish. Ben Thibodeaux, chef de cuisine of Dickie Brennan's Tableau in Le Petit Theatre, says, "Our warm, fertile waters help our blue crabs get nice and fat, which lends a sweetness to the seafood gumbo.