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Louisiana Seafood Gumbo For The Soul

Updated on August 26, 2011
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Seafood Gumbo is a tradition in our family, we serve it during the fourth of July, and the Christmas holidays.. There are as many Gumbo recipes as there are people who create them, a person may find that some of the basics are similar but adding the ingredients is the cook's delight. Delicious and flavorful it will certainly tantalize your tastebuds.


Origin Of Gumbo

Originating in Louisiana in the early 1800's , Gumbo is a soup or stew which has blended African, French, Spanish and Indian cultural origins. .The word "Gumbo" is an African term meaning 'Okra'. Creating your own style of Gumbo is all about the cook, there isn't any recipe that is the same, you can add and remove any part of the ingredient with the exception of the Roux pronounced (Roo) which is the base for the Gumbo, to make it your own.

Making Roux (Roo)

Roux is made from fat which could be bacon drippings, butter, oil, shortening or lard. Our preference at home is bacon drippings, it tends to give it a much better flavor then using the other ingredients but it again it is only personal choice.

Combine your ingredient with an equal amount of flour; 1/2 cup of each ingredient would be desirable if necessary you can make more. Melt your ingredients in a cast iron or Teflon skillet over very low heat. Add onion, garlic, etc. whatever you desire to create your own Roux. Begin to add the flour slowly stirring continually until the Roux turns brown. (Apr. 20-30 minutes.) Remove from heat.

Our Families Famous Seafood Gumbo

Using a Dutch Oven, Gumbo Pot or Large Pot , pour the Roux into the pot and begin to add the following ingredients:

2-4 qt of water or if you prefer chicken stock or seafood stock

2 tbsp. of butter

2 bay leaves

2 tsp. seasoned salt

4tsps. pepper

1 cup chopped celery

2 fresh garlic clove ( finely chopped)

1 large can of stewed tomatoes

2 onion (chopped)

1 bunch of fresh green onions (chopped)

2lbs. of fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

2lbs. of fresh lobster meat

2lbs of fresh oysters * remember to remove the oysters from the shell

2lbs of fresh crab meat

1lb of prawns

1 cup of fresh cooked chicken

Add water, butter, seasoned salt, pepper, onions, garlic, celery and bay leaves first , let simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Add all of the other ingredients including roux and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Serve with rice and oyster crackers makes 8-10 servings



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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love seafoods. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Informative article which is well shared and written.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mickey Dee: You were having an allergic reaction which is common among people. Do you also have a allergic reaction with other seafood? Some people are allergtic to crustaceans so be cautious when eating.

      tonymac04: Thank you! It is a yummy recipe and we enjoy it. There are so many types but this one is ours. Thank you for bookmarking. :)

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed reading about gumbo and the recipe looks totally yummy. Bookmarked for future reference.

      Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful family recipe.

      Love and peace


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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Beautiful! I would love some of this! I miss Justin and his cooking show. It's funny that I had shrimp for the first time in a while last week. Immediately afterward I had this itching in my arms. I remember that I associated the itching with eating shrimp before. It's an annoyance and won't prevent me from eating shrimp yet. Have you ever heard of such? Thank you Ma'am!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Dom Simkovich: It was delicious! It is very healthy too! You recipe also sounds delightful you should share it with all of us. :)

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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      There's just something about seafood gumbo that's wonderful as a taste . . . but good food is also more than that. We make cioppino (or boulibaisse for the French) and I'm sure I just misspelled those! At least gumbo is easier to spell. Nice Hub and I'll have to try the recipe.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      akirchner: It is scrumptious! We enjoyed every bit of it yesterday the adults ate Gumbo, the kids ate Hamburgers and hotdogs! lolololo We still have leftovers! :)

      drpastorcarlotta: I hope you enjoy we do! There are so many Gumbo recipes but I had to add mine too! :)

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! For your recipe! I love seafood gumbo! YUM! You go AEvans! Blessings!!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Sounds yummy! Love gumbo.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Pachuca213: Do it and enjoy!

      Flightkeeper: Or you could make it yourself and have leftovers.:)

      Mike Licketig: We love seafood to and I am looking forward to making it this holiday weekend. We have all of the ingredients and 48 hours before we dive into a delicious dish.:) You have a grat 4th of July too! :)

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Seafood gumbo sounds amazing! I haven't had gumbo in ages... There is a place in town to get it sometimes, but it's been awhile. I love anything with seafood in it, so you had me frome the beginning.

      Have a great July 4th weekend, and enjoy the gumbo.


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      Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast

      That dish looks so good. I have to go to a Louisiana-style restaurant or go to New Orleans real soon!

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      I think you inspired me to make some this weekend! Thanks chica! =)

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Pachuca213: It is really good! We love Gumbo to, and in no time it is simple to make. :)

      ericsomething: We have used Zatarain's to when we feel like eating something quick, that is on our shelf and the ingredients are yummy! We are not big Okta fans but we do know many people who are. :)

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      Eric Pulsifer 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      AEvans, I'm getting hungry just looking at the pictures and reading the recipe. This is something I must try. I'll sometimes use the Zatarains gumbo mix and throw in some shrimp and stuff, but it's just not the same thing. Of course, I'll have to add some okra.

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      I love making gumbo..haven't done it in awhile though. But I love it.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      prasetio30: It is scrumptious and I hope you get the opportunity to try make it. :)

      Ixxy: Chicken is yummy and I have bookmarked PeggW's to it is wonderful when you try something different.:)

      Sprinboard: Yes you do , it will tantalize your tastebuds, well if you like seafood.:)

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have never made this. I need to.

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Chicken I will have to try. Need to try some of PeggyW's treats, too. ;D

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like seafood very much. But I never heard about seafood gumbo. I learn much from you, especially about the recipe. Wow, it looks delicious. It raise my appetite. Thank you very much.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Research Analyst: I hope you enjoy! :)

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      I love seafood, this is a recipe that I really want to try.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Pamela: I too enjoy trying new recipes and variations of Gumbo dishes, I hope that you enjoy this one! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      We love gumbo also and make it on a fairly regular basis. I like your recipe and will try it for next time. Thanks.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Ixxy: lolololo ! You are silly Bubba Gump Shrimp , there are people who are not into fish and I understand, myabe you could try the chicken and sausage gumbo or the Chicken Gumbo there are so many this one was my version and what we serve. It is great to see you again! :)

      Peggy W: We really enjoy it and so do our friends and neighbors, it is also wonderful to see you again to and thank you so much for the delectable comment! :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We love gumbo and your recipe sounds delicious! Yum! Thanks!

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Bubba Gump Shrimp....wait, no, that's not it at all.

      Looks delish! But Kari's not too much into fish!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      veejay23: It is yummy! My husband loves it and our neighbors always come over for an extra pot, we love seafood too! I hope you enjoy! :)

      rose56: Let me know how it goes and sometimes we also add a little Cayenne Pepper to give it a little more zing! :)

      KoffeeKlatchGals: Seafood is my favorite too! Enjoy! :)

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sounds delicious. I will have to try it. I love seafood.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      It makes me hungry. cant wait to try this.

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      veejay23 7 years ago from South Africa

      Oh! I love seafood. Will definitely ask my wife to give this one a try. Never heard of "Seafood Gumbo" before.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Loren's Gem: I am looking forward to the weekend, when I was sharing it I could smell it already, lololo. I was happy to share it with everyone, enjoy! :)

      Raven King: Thank you bunches! :)

      DeBorrah K. Ogans: Thank you! We love Gumbo and I also make chicken Gumbo, sausage and Chicken Gumbo but this one is the favorite that we have during the holidays, I would love to check out your recipe too! :)

      Hello,Hello: Oh my friend you are so welcome! We love seafood and although warm in the summer it is also a scrumptious dish to serve to the family. :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Definitely a grat dish. Thank you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Aevans, Yum! YUM! Nice tasty hub! This is a great alternative recipe! Gumbo is also a part of our family tradition for Christmas holidays! I think it would also be great for the 4th of July! What makes it so wonderful; is there is something in it for everyone!

      Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

      YUMMMY!!! I like gumbo and this hub is delicious!

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Your seafood gumbo just really wants me to dive in! (lol) Love all kinds of seafoods! Thanks for sharing this gumbo recipe! :-)