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The Easiest Seafood Gumbo Recipe Ever

Updated on May 22, 2014

To everyone who has ever made gumbo, you know, it is a bit of a process. There are several ingredients that need to be added in at the right time to ensure the best results. Living in Louisiana as a cook, this was one dish I had never heard of, but needed to learn to cook, so I found a way to make it quicker and easier. It very quickly became a favorite in my household as I am sure it will in yours too.


  • 2 # bone in chicken breast, Defatted and halved
  • 1- 14 oz whole oysters
  • 2# shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1-16 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 packs brown gravy mix
  • 1/4 cup crab boil concentrate, (Zatarains)
  • 1-2 cups okra, fresh/frozen
  • 2 tsp. each salt/pepper, to taste
  • 3 tsp. gumbo file, (sassafras leaves)
  • 1 # sausage, (optional, added with seafood)


  1. First in a large pot half full of water, boil chicken and vegetables in the crab boil. (except okra)
  2. Remove chicken after about an hour out of the water, setting aside to cool.
  3. Mix gravy mix with 1/4 of needed water to get a smooth thick texture.
  4. Reducing heat to medium/medium high (acheiving a slow boil) reincorporate breast meat and gravy mixture.
  5. Add raw shrimp, okra, gumbo file and raw oysters to the pot. Stir occasionally until seafood is cooked, then pull off heat and serve.
  6. Serve with white rice and sweetened corn bread. Enjoy!
3.8 stars from 19 ratings of Seafood and Chicken Gumbo

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 55 min
Yields: Serves around 8-10 people with rice.


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      kaiyan717 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I understand your pause, I have to agree with the saying. I married in to a Creole family and this was approved by my own mother in law, a very good cook. I hope you may try it and give me your opinion, it is also a bit healthier.

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      Joycelyn 3 years ago

      This gumbo recipe may taste good......but, I'm Cajun and have never ever heard of making a gumbo without ROUX!!! It's all in the they say in Louisiana, 'First, you start with a roux'.

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      That's what I like to hear Judy! Glad you liked it

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      Judy 4 years ago

      this recipe lived up to it's name. Easy to prepare and sooooooo good. I'm so glad I tried it. I will definitely make it again.

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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Some people are put off by the slight green color, but if you like a bit of spice with your seafood, this gumbo is for you.

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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Turkey sausage is a great lower fat way to add sausage to this dish, although it is optional. All the meat is really, just pick the ones you like and make.

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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks, I hope you find time to make it :)

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      This does look so good. I love sausage but try to avoid it but tried a turkey one that is really pretty good, may try that. Thanks for a great looking recipe!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I haven't tried a gumbo! But have seen a lot of review.. wanna' make it!


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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow great hub! This is the easiest way that I've read to make gumbo. Reading this has me ready to try to make my own. Definitely voted up, and shared. Great job!

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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks! Hope you get to make it, it really is good.

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      YUM! Great gumbo recipe, thanks for sharing! You are a natural cook. Voting up, and bookmarking this one for sure.