Jim's Famous Seafood Gumbo

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is my brother in law's famous seafood gumbo. My kids gobble it up! Jim owns a restaurant in Virginia and makes this on family gatherings at the beach. He always uses fresh ingredients but it's almost as good using frozen. We like it HOT so adjust your seasonings. Serve over rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thaw shrimp and crab if not using fresh.
  2. In large saucepan, combine flour and oil.
  3. Cook at medium low heat stirring for 30-40 minutes until dark red-brown.
  4. Add onions, peppers, celery, broth, ham hock, tomato sauce, undrained tomatoes, parsley, worcestershire sauce, pickapeppa, oregano, bay leaves, paprika, garlic powder and Tabasco.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.
  6. Remove ham hock, cut off meat.
  7. Chop meat and return to pan.
  8. Skim off any fat.
  9. Add oysters, shrimp and crab.
  10. Continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  11. Add okra, cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove bay leaves.
  13. Add file powder.


Most Helpful

really good I added 1 pound of stewing beef to this.i love this recipe

uhthoff March 06, 2011

This is very, very good! I may have cooked mine a little long.....my tomatoes turned into mush! I didn't use oysters, but I added in scallops and some red snapper. I also added a little more okra. I served mine over popcorn rice. Thanks for sharing a great gumbo recipe!

breezermom January 28, 2010

Very good with wonderful directions! I also think this recipe is very adaptable. I varied the amounts based on what I had both in the sea food amounts (I figure it all averaged out to be about the same total amount indicated though) and my tomato products were slightly different than indicated. I also used tomatoes w/chilies (but skipped the tobasco and file powder). We served this with sour dough bread for a delicious supper! Thanks for sharing this keeper!

ellie_ December 06, 2008

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