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The Best Gumbo Recipe

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1 hour 50 mins
Vadim Rachok
29.11.2023
10.04.2024
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If you want to cook the dish with a rich medley of flavors, try the best Gumbo recipe. This is a culinary masterpiece that offers a tantalizing taste experience. The savory and slightly smoky notes, coupled with a hint of spice, make this gumbo a truly incredible taste. 

The New Orleans Creole Gumbo is a symphony of flavors, a dance of spices, and a celebration of Louisiana's culinary heritage. This recipe effortlessly captures the essence of a true Creole gumbo, offering a rich and robust experience for your taste buds. The combination of ingredients, from the smoky sausage to the savory seafood, creates a harmony that is both comforting and exciting. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey with this delightful Gumbo!

The detailed Gumbo recipe makes the preparation process incredibly easy. You will be able to make this dish even if it is your first time. That is why Gumbo is the perfect option when you want to make a delicious homemade meal with minimal fuss.

Discover the essence of this vibrant stew, brimming with a medley of hearty ingredients: peppers, sausage, pelati tomatoes, and shrimp. Elevated by the kick of the testy and hearty sauce. Follow the recipe below to make your own delicious gumbo!

What Is Gumbo?

It’s a hearty stew that typically consists of a flavorful stock, meat or seafood, and vegetables (chicken, sausage, ham, seafood, okra, tomatoes, and greens). Gumbo often showcases a diverse blend of spices and seasonings, creating a rich and complex flavor. The taste and adaptability, as recipes of this dish can vary widely from one cook to another, offering a diverse array of flavors and textures. We have prepared the easiest and tastiest Gumbo recipe with chicken, smoked jambalaya sausage and shrimp.

Gumbo Soup Ingredients

  • Chicken breast: Adds protein and substance to the soup, and contributes to the heartiness of the soup.
  • Shrimp: Adds variety to the protein sources in the gumbo, providing seafood flavor and texture.
  • Paprika and dried chilies: Adds the heat and spice characteristic of Cajun cuisine. Gives Gumbo its signature kick.
  • Smoked Jambalaya Sausages: These sausages are spicy and smoky, adding depth and richness to the gumbo.
  • Rice: Often used as a thickener in gumbo, rice absorbs some of the liquid and gives the soup its characteristic texture.
  • Chicken stock: Forms the base of the soup and provides a savory and flavorful liquid in which to cook all of the other ingredients.
  • Flour and butter: It is used as a thickening agent for the gumbo. 
  • Bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, and ginger: Aromatic herbs and spices that enhance gumbo’s overall flavor profile, adding complexity and depth.
  • Onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic: The “holy trinity” of Cajun cooking, these vegetables form the taste base of gumbo. They add sweetness, aroma, and depth of flavor to the dish.
  • Pelati Tomatoes: Add acidity and sweetness to balance the flavors in gumbo. They also contribute to the rich color and texture of gumbo.
  • Smoked paprika and cardamom: These spices add smokiness and complexity to the soup, which enhances the overall flavor profile of the soup.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Adds depth and richness to the dish and enhances the umami flavor of the gumbo.
  • Green Onions: As a garnish, scallions provide freshness, color, and a mild onion aroma to the finished gumbo.

How to Make Gumbo

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At first, making gumbo may seem like a challenge. But with clear, step-by-step instructions, making this flavorful dish becomes easy and fast. Follow along and you’ll quickly create a delicious gumbo and surprise yourself with how easily it all comes together! 

  1. First, dice the onion, and bell pepper, and cut garlic and ginger into small cubes. Slice the celery stalk, chili, and green onions. 
  2. Then, dice the sausages and chicken breast separately.
  3. Peel the shrimp, remove the shells and heads, slit the back, and clean out the intestines.
  4. Then, heat a saucepan and fry the sausages over a low heat until golden brown, releasing the fat and cooked through. Remove and set aside. 
  5. Add the oil to the pan and sauté the onion for 2 minutes, then add the red pepper and celery and sauté for another 2 minutes. 
  6. Add the chicken and cook for another minute, then add the thyme, rosemary, garlic, ginger, cardamom, paprika, bay leaf and chili. Season with salt and pepper. Fry for a few minutes.
  7. Purée the pelati tomatoes separately. 
  8. Add the pelati tomatoes to our mixture and pour the broth over it. 
  9. Then, add the sausages.
  10. Toast the flour separately in a dry frying pan. Then add the butter. Cook over low heat until the flour and butter are golden brown. Add to the soup.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Then, add the shrimp.
  13. Remove the rosemary and bay leaf.
  14. Add 3,5 ounces (100 g) of rice and 7 ounces (200 g) of water to a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Close with the lid and cook for another 10 minutes until the rice is done. 
  15. Add the green onions to the soup. Transfer the rice to a bowl and add the soup.

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • Instead of spices, you can use a set of ready-made Old Bay spices. 
  • It is important that our soup is thick. 
  • You can add oil to the flour and butter and cook all the vegetables and chicken in it. 

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What is the Origin of Gumbo?

Where gumbo comes from and where it goes is constantly evolving. Because of the conflicting sources of its origin, gumbo cannot be attributed to a single culture. Rather, it is a blend of the various cooking styles that made it to South Louisiana, including African, Native American, and European. 

In spite of the rather complicated history of its origins, I do know that gumbo is symbolic of the people who have built their lives in South Louisiana. Because gumbo is often synonymous with Cajun culture, Cajun gumbo uses ingredients that are available in the river parishes: produce such as bell peppers, okra, and sassafras (filé powder), as well as non-perishable flour and oil for the roux. 

How to Store Leftover Gumbo

You can save gumbo for future enjoyment by refrigerating it. This will keep leftovers fresh and safe to eat for about three to four days. You will need to place it in an airtight container to preserve its flavors once the gumbo has cooled to room temperature. When ready to enjoy, gently reheat the gumbo on the stovetop and relish it!

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Can I Prepare Gumbo Ahead?

Gumbo can be partially prepared a day ahead, up to the point of adding sausage and shrimp to the stock. When ready to serve, simply bring the stock to a simmer and follow the recipe.

Gumbo vs. jambalaya

Jambalaya is a one-pot rice dish cooked with a medley of ingredients, often with a tomato-based sauce. It has a more rice-centric texture, with a drier consistency than gumbo. The rice absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients as it cooks. Gumbo is a flavorful stew or soup characterized by a rich, savory. Depending on the choice of thickening agent, it tends to have a soup-like consistency and can vary from thin to moderately thick. Both dishes are celebrated for their rich flavors and are emblematic of Louisiana’s diverse and vibrant culinary culture.

I cannot consider this dish super healthy because having such a large variety of protein sources in one dish can be quite a burden on the digestive system. In general, combining meat protein with fish/seafood (or any other type of protein) in one meal is not the best idea. Meat is a self-sufficient source of protein that ideally should be combined only with vegetables or a very light side dish. In this dish, there are not just one, but two meat products (both of which are quite fatty): bacon and Andalusian sausages. Even their combination with each other is not ideal (not to mention that individually, bacon and sausages are not the healthiest meat options), and combining them with crab meat and shrimp is even less suitable for a healthy meal. In this case, I would recommend recalling one of the main principles of healthy eating: the healthiest food is simple food, and looking at the number of ingredients and the preparation process of this dish, it's unlikely to evoke a sense of simplicity.

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The Best Gumbo Recipe
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Author:Vadim Rachok
New Orleans Creole gumbo recipe. Try a taste of Southern tradition!
gumbo dish
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
4
The ingredients you need:
1 pc chicken breast
7 ounces (200 g) shrimps
1 pc chili pepper
7 ounces (200 g) smoked jambalaya sausages
3,5 ounces (100 g) rice
34 fluid ounces (1 l) chicken broth
1 ounce (30 g) flour
1 ounce (30 g) butter
3-4 pcs bay leaf
1 pc onion
1 pc celery stalk
1 pc bell pepper
2-3 cloves garlic
14 ounces (400 g) pelati tomatoes
1 sprig thyme
1 sprig rosemary
0,5-0,7 ounces (15-20 g) ginger
0,04 ounces (1 g) smoked paprika
0,02 ounces (0,5 g) dry chili pepper
0,04 ounces (1 g) cardamom
0,4 ounces (10 g) worcestershire sauce
3-4 stalks green onion
salt
pepper
oil for frying
Let’s start !
1

Dice the onion, and bell pepper, and cut garlic and ginger into small cubes. Slice the celery stalk, chili, and green onions. 

2

Dice the sausages and chicken breast separately.

3

Peel the shrimp, remove the shells and heads, slit the back, and clean out the intestines.

4

Heat a saucepan and fry the sausages over a low heat until golden brown, releasing the fat and cooked through. Remove and set aside.

5

Add the oil to the pan and sauté the onion for 2 minutes, then add the red pepper and celery and sauté for another 2 minutes. 

6

Add the chicken and cook for another minute, then add the thyme, rosemary, garlic, ginger, cardamom, paprika, bay leaf and chili. Season with salt and pepper. Fry for a few minutes.

7

Purée the pelati tomatoes separately. 

8

Add the pelati tomatoes to our mixture and pour the broth over it. 

9

Add the sausages.

10

Toast the flour separately in a dry frying pan. Then add the butter. Cook over low heat until the flour and butter are golden brown. Add to the soup.

11

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

12

Add the shrimp.

13

Remove the rosemary and bay leaf.

14

Add 3,5 ounces (100 g) of rice and 7 ounces (200 g) of water to a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Close with the lid and cook for another 10 minutes until the rice is done.

15

Add the green onions to the soup. Transfer the rice to a bowl and add the soup.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 2824
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g21%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 853mg37%
Total Carbohydrate 12g4%
Dietary Fiber 2g6%
Total Sugars 3g 
Protein 21g 
Vitamin C 19mg96%
Calcium 81mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
Potassium 428mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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To enhance the depth of flavor in your Creole Gumbo, consider making the roux a shade darker than golden, aiming for a rich mahogany hue. This intensifies the nutty and complex undertones, adding an extra layer of richness to your gumbo. Just be cautious not to burn it; a well-crafted roux is the key to elevating the overall taste of your stew. Enjoy the process and savor the results!

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