Senator Ellender Shrimp An Crab Gumbo

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 30m
Ready In

Recipe: #37505

October 16, 2021

"Serve over rice Can add powdered sassafras"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (421.5 g)
  • Calories 239
  • Total Fat - 6.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 181.1 mg
  • Sodium - 1223.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 15.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  • Sugars - 3.9 g
  • Protein - 30.2 g
  • Calcium - 155.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 42.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook bacon

Step 2


Step 3

Add ham cook until browned

Step 4

Remove to bacon

Step 5

Add flour

Step 6

Cook low and dont burn brown to dark chocolate color stirring constantly

Step 7

Add onions

Step 8


Step 9

Add celery and peppers and lemon zest

Step 10

Cut lemon in half and chop half if lemon finely and add

Step 11

Add seasonings

Step 12

Add water

Step 13

Crumble in bacon

Step 14

Add ham

Step 15

Simmer 45 minutes

Step 16

Meanwhile chop okra and brown lightly in bacon grease

Step 17

After gumbo mixture has cooked 45 minutes add the okra

Step 18

Cook 20 minutes more

Step 19

Add seafood

Step 20

Cook until shrimp is cooked about 5 minutes more

Step 21

Add parsley and green onions


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When purchasing shrimp, make sure to buy peeled and deveined shrimp for the best flavor and texture.
  • If possible, use fresh crab meat for the most flavorful gumbo.

  • Substitute 2 pounds of diced chicken for the shrimp, to make the dish more budget-friendly. The benefit of this substitution is that it lowers the cost of the dish, making it more accessible to a wider range of people.
  • Substitute 1/4 cup of white wine for the Worcestershire sauce, to give the dish a more complex flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds an additional layer of flavor to the dish, making it more interesting and enjoyable.

Vegetarian Gumbo Replace the shrimp and crab meat with 2 cups of diced mushrooms, 1/2 cup of diced carrots, 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper, and 1/2 cup of diced zucchini. Omit the bacon grease and use vegetable oil instead. Replace the Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce.

Coconut Rice - Coconut rice is a perfect accompaniment to Senator Ellender Shrimp and Crab Gumbo as it adds a subtle sweetness and creamy texture to balance out the spicy gumbo. The coconut flavor also adds an extra layer of flavor to the dish.

Cajun Cornbread: Cajun Cornbread is a great accompaniment to Senator Ellender Shrimp and Crab Gumbo as it adds a savory, slightly spicy flavor that complements the gumbo. The cornbread also provides a crunchy texture to contrast the creamy coconut rice.


Q: How long should the gumbo cook?

A: The gumbo should cook for 45 minutes, then add the okra and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Finally add the seafood and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.

Q: What type of seafood can I add to gumbo?

A: You can add shrimp, crab, crawfish, or any combination of these seafood items to gumbo. You can also add other types of seafood, such as oysters or mussels.

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Fun facts:

This recipe is named after the late U.S. Senator Allen Ellender, who represented Louisiana from 1937 to 1972. He was a strong advocate of seafood, and was known to bring gumbo to the Senate dining room.

The dish is a combination of two classic Louisiana dishes, shrimp and okra gumbo, and crab and okra gumbo. The two dishes were combined to create this unique and delicious recipe.