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Authentic New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

How to Make Authentic New Orleans Seafood Gumbo – This homemade gumbo recipe is loaded with lots of fresh seafood and intense Cajun flavors for a deliciously bold taste of Louisiana.

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There’s nothing quite like the intense, comforting taste of an authentic Louisiana gumbo.

Featuring warm spices, generous helpings of succulent seafood, spicy sausage, and, of course, the “Holy Trinity” of Cajun cooking – onion, bell pepper, and celery. New Orleans Gumbo is positively bursting with the incredible flavors of the Gulf Coast.

However, this is not a simple midweek meal to whip up in 30 minutes or less.

A good Gumbo recipe takes time and preparation, so it’s more of a weekend cooking project. Yet the vibrant goodness is absolutely well worth the time and effort.

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New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

A common question people ask is “What’s the difference between etouffee, jambalaya, and gumbo?”

Classic Cajun etouffee is made with a thinner tomato base and, like gumbo, is served over rice. Easy Jambalaya, on the other hand, is similar to etouffee in that it’s made with a tomato base, but rice is incorporated in the dish itself, so it’s more like a rice pilaf.

Louisiana Gumbo, however, uses a rich dark roux for the base, and does not include tomatoes.

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What Ingredients You Need

While this is one of the more involved recipes on our site, it certainly warrants the extra effort. You’ll find yourself wanting to make this delicious dish for all of your special occasions!

Here are all of the ingredients you need to make the best authentic New Orleans Seafood Gumbo recipe:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter
  • Okra
  • White vinegar
  • Long grain rice
  • Andouille sausage
  • Onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Habanero or serrano pepper
  • Seafood stock
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dried thyme
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Bay leaf
  • Crawfish
  • “Gumbo crabs” or blue crabs
  • Raw shrimp
  • Shucked oysters
  • Parsley or scallions
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How to Make Authentic Seafood Gumbo

Here’s I’ve laid out all of the steps to making the best New Orleans Gumbo recipe. While the process might seem complex, each step is actually quite easy, albeit a bit time-consuming.

But that’s the only way to develop that crave-able authentic Cajun flavor!

First, make the Roux: Set a large 7-8 quart sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the flour, oil, and butter, and whisk well to break up any clumps. Cook the roux for about 30 minutes minutes, whisking regularly, until it is the color of milk chocolate like in the picture above.

Prep additional ingredients: While making the roux , go ahead and chop the sausages, all of the vegetables, and the fresh herbs.

De-Slime the Okra: I can’t stress enough how important it is to de-slime your fresh okra before including it in gumbo!

Here is the secret to perfectly prepping okra: Set a smaller sauce pot filled with water and over high heat, and add the vinegar. Once boiling, add the chopped okra. Boil for just a few minutes to reduce the slime. Then drain and set aside.

crawfish, sausage, roux, cajun seasoning

Build the Base: Once the roux is a dark rich brown, add in the chopped andouille sausages. Fry the sausage in the roux for 1-2 minutes, then add in the chopped onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and habanero. Stir and sauté for several minutes.

Slow Simmer: Next, add in the seafood broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, Cajun seasoning, bay leaf, and stir well. Then mix in the crawfish and whole crabs. Simmer on low for 1 hour.

Cook the Rice: In order to make fewer dishes to wash, use the same smaller pot you used for the okra to cook the rice, according to the package instructions. Once cooked, fluff the rice, and cover until ready to use. I usually get my rice started just before the simmering process ends, right before the gumbo is resting per the step below.

okra, shrimp, Louisiana seasoning

Finish: Once fully simmered, add the shrimp, oysters (plus crabmeat if using), and the de-slimed okra. Simmer for another few minutes until the seafood is just cooked.

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Rest: Lastly, cover the gumbo pot and turn off the heat. Let the gumbo rest for at least 30 minutes, so that all of the flavors have longer to mix and mingle, without overcooking the seafood. I know it’s hard to wait when your kitchen smells so incredible, but I promise it’s worth it!

To Serve: Rewarm the gumbo, if needed, for a few minutes. Then serve in large bowls with a heaping scoop of warm rice, and a sprinkling of parsley and/or scallions.

Leftover Louisiana Gumbo will keep well in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I love eating this hearty dish the next day as the flavors intensify; however, I do recommend making fresh rice for enjoying.

crawfish and rice

What Other Types of Seafood Can I Use to Make Authentic Gumbo?

Depending on where you live, it might be tricky to find certain types of seafood. You can certainly swap what is fresh and available to you for the crawfish and small crabs.

Just follow this simple rule: If the seafood is in shells simmer for an hour. If not – like peeled and deveined shrimp or scallops – only simmer for 5 minutes.

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Authentic New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Rest Time: 30 minutes
How to Make Authentic New Orleans Seafood Gumbo – This homemade gumbo recipe is loaded with lots of fresh seafood and intense Cajun flavors for a deliciously bold taste of Louisiana.
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make the Roux: Set a large 7-8 quart saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the flour, oil, and butter. Whisk well to break up any clumps. Cook the roux for 30-40 minutes, whisking regularly, until it is the color of milk chocolate.
  • Prep: Meanwhile, chop the sausages, all the vegetables, and herbs.
  • De-Slime the Okra: Set a smaller saucepot filled with water and over high heat. Add the vinegar. Once boiling, add the chopped okra. Boil for 3-4 minutes to reduce the slime. Then drain and set aside.
  • Build the Base: Once the roux is a dark rich brown color, add in the andouille sausages. Fry it in the roux for 1-2 minutes, then add in the chopped onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and habanero. Stir and sauté for 8-10 minutes.
  • Slow Simmer: Add in the seafood broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, Cajun seasoning, bay leaf. Stir well. Then mix in the crawfish and whole crabs. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
  • Cook the Rice: Use the same smaller pot you used for the okra to cook the rice. Cook according to the package instructions. Once cooked, fluff the rice, and cover until ready to use.
  • Finish: Now add the shrimp, oysters (plus crabmeat if using), and okra. Simmer another 5 minutes.
  • Rest: Cover the gumbo pot and turn off the heat. Let the gumbo rest for at least 30 minutes, so all the flavors have longer to mix and mingle, without overcooking the seafood.
  • To Serve: Rewarm the gumbo, if needed, for 2-3 minutes. Then serve it in large bowls with a heaping scoop of rice, and a sprinkling of parsley and/or scallions.

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Notes

Depending on where you live, it might be tricky to find certain types of seafood. You can certainly swap what is fresh and available to you for the crawfish and small crabs. Just follow the rule, if it’s in shells simmer for an hour. If it’s not, only simmer for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 865kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 57g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 306mg, Sodium: 2905mg, Potassium: 1215mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 2827IU, Vitamin C: 77mg, Calcium: 371mg, Iron: 7mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Author: Sommer Collier

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7 comments on “Authentic New Orleans Seafood Gumbo”

  1. Great recipe!!!

  2. The crawfish really add something to the broth/roux flavor even if they aren’t traditional. This gumbo was the bomb! It’s kind of like what we ate as kids, but a little “chefy” if that’s a word. Will make again.

  3. wow this looks 🔥 🔥 going to save this recipe and make this weekend 😁

  4. I don’t care how “authentic” it is, or who agrees or disagrees with the ingredients included. This is the BEST DAMN GUMBO I’ve ever tasted. We will make it again. Probably this weekend!

  5. This is amazingly delicious!! WIll definitely make this again!

  6. You are treading on dangerous ground. I lived for 6 years in New Orleans and traveled throughout Louisiana and I would never claim to make authentic gumbo. Gumbo is one of those dishes where the only authentic version is the way momma or another touchstone made it…. That said, 1, chocolate roux is more common in Lafayette and western LA; NOLA gumbo tends to be more tomato-y. 2, while I prefer lots of okra, many people don’t even bother, (How can it be gumbo if it doesn’t include the gumbo?) Like I said authenticity is problematic. 3. while I always include andouille sausage, others (mainly fancy NOLA types) would shriek at its inclusion. Finally and most shocking is the inclusion of a habenero. NOLA chefs use white pepper, black pepper, and red pepper, not a habenero. My African wife uses a habeneros frequently, but she uses them whole; chopping and seeding habeneros is inviting disaster. Still it looks good and I would try it, but I wouldn’t call it totally authenic.

  7. So many amazing flavors in one dish. All time favorite!