Felix's Seafood Gumbo

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 45m
Ready In

"Gumbo is incredibly forgiving...use whatever seafood and/or sausage you have on-hand, add or subtract what you do or don't like, use chicken instead of sausage...whatever makes you happy. Most important is to start with a good roux. Low and slow and constant stirring might be tedious, but I guarantee you'll be happier with the end result than if you try to rush it. For those who prefer a thicker gumbo, pass the file at the table. Fresh seafood is always better, but if you're using frozen make sure it is completely defrosted before you start."

Original recipe yields 10-12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (528.3 g)
  • Calories 1062.6
  • Total Fat - 61.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 22.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 92.5 mg
  • Sodium - 2027.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 108.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9.7 g
  • Sugars - 6 g
  • Protein - 34.6 g
  • Calcium - 222.8 mg
  • Iron - 5.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 38.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step 1

Melt butter in a shallow pan. Whisk in flour and cook over low heat, stirring pretty much constantly, until a rich, dark brown. Should take about 25 minutes.

Step 2

In a large Dutch oven, saute onion, celery and okra in oil until limp.

Step 3

Add roux, broth, tomatoes, bay leaves, crab boil packet and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer at least two hours over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Add andouille sausage and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5

Add all seafood and simmer 15 minutes or until cooked through. Be careful not to overcook, especially the shrimp. Do not boil!

Step 6

Stir in gumbo file powder and Tabasco, and simmer another 5 minutes, then serve over bowls of rice (about 1/2 cup each serving).

Step 7

*To make your own crab boil, tie the following spices in a muslin bag or in cheesecloth: 3 bay leaves, a small piece of dried ginger, 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon dill seeds, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon whole cloves, and 1 teaspoon allspice berries.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.