Ultimate Time-Consuming Seafood Gumbo

READY IN: 7hrs
Recipe by Grace Lynn

This recipe is based on another recipe I found on the internet. I made a few changes and added my own touches. It does take a long time, but it produces the richest flavor possible! I made a double batch of this last night and had 12 people over for dinner. They all declared that it's the best gumbo they have ever had!

Top Review by dkharding

We made this for New Years dinner. It was the BEST meal! So delicious we wished we had company. This may become an annual tradition. Just the right amount of spice, fantastic stock, awesome seafood. Perfect! PS - there is actually a roux of sorts in here - it's with a large amount of File and oil. YUM

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. STOCK: Bake shrimp shells at 375 degrees F until dried and starting to brown on edges.
  2. About 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Put everything into an 8-quart pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 hours, uncovered.
  5. When stock is cooled, drain all liquid from the vegetables (I squeezed by hand), then discard all solids.
  6. GUMBO: Combine the cayenne, white and black peppers, paprika, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and salt in small bowl.
  7. In a heavy pot, 6 quart or larger, heat oil over medium heat until hot.
  8. Add onions, celery, and green bell peppers.
  9. Turn heat to high, stirring frequently.
  10. Add garlic, file powder, and the pepper-herb mixture.
  11. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  12. Add tomato sauce and stock, bring to a boil.
  13. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  14. Add okra and sausage and simmer for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  15. When ready to serve, add all seafood and cook for 3 minutes.
  16. Turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes, covered.
  17. Serve over long-grain rice.

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