Seafood and Okra Gumbo

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Seafood and Okra Gumbo is full of fresh shrimp, crabmeat, and oysters in a rich and flavorful roux with plenty of spice.

SEasfood and Okra Gumbo with Rice


A homemade pot of gumbo is definitely worth the work and the wait. And luckily gumbo only gets better with time so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor for more than one day.

This particular gumbo is totally seafood based. There’s no chicken or sausage, but you could add some andouille sausage if you are a stickler for having sausage in your gumbo.

Seafood Gumbo with crab, shrimp, and oysters


A lot of people don’t like okra or think they don’t like okra. But it’s a very important part of this gumbo, adding both flavor and acting as a thickener.

Note: If you want to try a Seafood Gumbo without okra, try this Seafood Gumbo. It is amazing and it is full of shrimp, crab and andouille.

The okra for this recipe is cooked for 30 minutes. Cooking it this long gets rid of the slimy texture and really enhances its flavor.

The hardest part of making gumbo is making the oux and it really takes patience. A combination of butter and vegetable oil is cooked with the flour to make this roux. Be ready to stir for a full 30 minutes. You can stop stirring for a few seconds here and there but if you’re like me, you run the risk of getting distracted and burning your roux. The darker you get your roux, the more flavor your gumbo will have.

Seafood and Okra Gumbo

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SEasfood and Okra Gumbo with Rice

Seafood and Okra Gumbo

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cajun recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 418kcal
Seafood and Okra Gumbo is full of fresh shrimp, crabmeat, and oysters in a rich and flavorful roux with plenty of spice.

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  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound fresh okra, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups shrimp or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pound fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pint freshly shucked oysters with liquor


  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of Vegetable oil over medium heat. Add okra and cook, stirring frequently for 25 to 30 minutes or until okra is lightly browned and no longer slimy.
    Remove from heat and set aside.
  • While okra is cooking, make the roux.
    Heat butter and remaining vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot until butter is melted. 
  • Add flour and and cook and stir for 30 minutes, or until a dark brown color. Heat should be medium to medium-low. If the heat is too hot, the roux will burn and you will have to start over.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook, stirring often for 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, stock, bay leaves, salt, Creole seasoning, hot sauce, thyme, white pepper and okra. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes uncovered.
  • Add crab meat and parsley and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes or until they are mostly pink.
  • Add oysters and cook just until their edges start to curl, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve with rice.


Insread of using fresh okra, you can use frozen okra that has been thawed.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 1457mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g

Nutritional info is provided as a guide only and can vary based on brands of products used, measuring techniques, and cooking methods.

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4 thoughts on “Seafood and Okra Gumbo

  1. Recipe calls for two sets of shrimp! Why? Also, if there are to be leftovers, shrimp should not be cooked unless you use just the amount you are serving for that day. The rest can be frozen for the next time or used for another meal. And to Marie, I have also used fish heads from the freezer, fried down and strained for the stock and used in the making of the roux. And to Ron, I have tried the powdered kind and used sardines in the stock and it came out fantastic as well. Amazing what can be substituted.

    1. Marie, I also use fish stock and strain it. And now I see it isn’t two shrimps its shrimp or chicken stock. But like you I prefer seafood stock. And I would never use hot sauce in my gumbo, I always use andouille sausage in mine. I do not use oysters because I like to freeze my leftovers. I eat gumbo year round and they don’t freeze well. I make french bread with garlic butter with it and I do not like rice with mine. I prefer my gumbo thick and I usually do not make my okra outside the gumbo mix, I keep it inside and let it thicken itself and the slime will dissapate in the mix. As for canned tomatoes, I use frozen tomatoes and put them in whole, after they have thawed, same with frozen okra. I usually have fresh and frozen okra by the time I am ready to make mine. I have gobs of stuff ready to cook for the gumbo because its freezer making time, making enough for one for about 6 months.

  2. This recipe was soooo good! I made a couple of swaps though…charred some tomatoes a few minutes on the grill, threw them in the blender and used that instead of canned tomatoes. Also, made my own seafood stock with leftover shrimp & lobster shells, some Old Bay seasoning, 1/2 an onion, and 2 cloves of garlic. Sooo much more flavor than chicken stock. Also, the fried okra trick was great! My husband doesn’t like okra and he didn’t mind it with this preparation. Was a delicious meal. Paired with some cauliflower rice.

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