Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs

This is the easiest, freshest tasting gumbo that I've found. Not greasy or heavy. And the seafood, for which you've paid dearly, is wonderful. Serve with a crusty garlic bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in large kettle or stockpot. Add flour. Make a roux, by cooking and stirring this constantly with a wooden spoon, until the color turns from gold to dark red. (Don't stop stirring for a second, or you will scorch the roux!) When the roux is red-colored, remove from the heat. Set aside.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a very large skillet. Saute chopped onions and garlic until soft. Add ham. Stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Then add okra, stirring and cooking 2 to 3 minutes. Add thyme, bay leaves, parsley, pepper, salt, tomatoes, water, and liquor from oysters. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Add this entire mixture to roux in kettle. Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to gentle boil. Stirring constantly, cook for 1 hour.
  4. Add shrimp and crab meat. Cook 2 minutes. Add oysters. Cook 1 minute more. Add gumbo file at very last. Stir well.
  5. Serve in bowls with a 1/2 cup of rice in each.