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Shrimp and Crab Gumbo


The name "gumbo" comes from the Bantu word for okra, a key ingredient in this Creole stew.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1996


  • 2 pounds medium shrimp
  • 8 ounces turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, cored and seeded, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 pound okra, cut widthwise into quarters
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, ribs and seeds removed, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon gumbo file
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 cup Dark Roux
  • 6 cups Shrimp Stock for Gumbo
  • 3/4 cup chopped canned peeled tomatoes
  • 6 blue crabs, 6 to 8 ounces each (optional)
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Dirty Rice


  1. Shell and devein shrimp, leaving tail sections intact; reserve shells for stock. Break sausage into 1/2-inch pieces; in a skillet, cook over medium heat until all the fat has been rendered, about 8 minutes. Mix in onions, green peppers, okra, jalapeno, and file Cook until onions have softened, about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and thyme. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes more. Set aside.

  2. In a stockpot, melt dark roux over medium heat; heat shrimp stock in a medium saucepan over high heat. Gradually pour hot stock over roux, whisking to combine well. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add reserved sausage-and-vegetable mixture and tomatoes. Stir gumbo well, and let cook for 1 hour.

  3. If using whole crabs, cut them in half lengthwise, and add to gumbo. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until opaque. Add crabmeat and parsley, and cook 2 to 4 minutes. Season to taste. Serve hot over dirty rice.

Cook's Notes

Gumbo file (powdered sassafras leaves) helps thicken the gumbo; it is available in supermarkets.

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