can i get a recipe for AUTHENTIC/GOOD gumbo?

one with flavor, heat, love and everything else your grandmother would have put in it....all the restaurants that serve Gumbo are very bland...Yats etc,,,

3 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    I am gonna give you the louisiana louisiana measurements...he he he

    chicken of your choice (either 1 whole chicken or chicken breasts)

    1 big onion chopped up

    1 bunch of parsely chopped up

    alot of garlic (how much you like...i like garlic so I put 2-3 tablespoons of minced garlic)

    1 jar of roux (if you don't have access to jar of roux, you can make it...but it will make your house stink--mix equal parts of cooking oil and flour, put on medium heat, stir continuously until its dark brown--but don't let it stick to the bottom of the pan or it will turn bitter. If you are going to make it, you might want to make a double or tripple batch and freeze for next time)

    salt and pepper to taste

    home made pork sausage (don't know where you live, but if you can find it, it makes the gumbo AWESOME)

    andouille sausage (if you don't have that, you can use beef sausage)


    Put your chicken, onion, parsely and garlic in a big stock pot. Add enough water to cover chicken by about 3 to 4 inches. Add your roux and turn on med high heat. Add a good bit of salt and pepper. Make sure you stir every few minutes so your roux does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Once the water is starting to boil, if you have home made pork sausage, add it in. Let boil on med high heat for about an hour and 20 minutes stirring occasionally. After the hour and 20 minutes, remove chicken and debone. Add andouille or beef sausage and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes. (dont forget to put your chicken back in) Serve over steamed rice with a side of baked sweet potato.

    If you like it spicy, you can chop up a couple of fresh jalapeno peppers and add it to the onion, parsely and garlic mix. You can also add some cayenne pepper to it. If you like seafood, you can throw in some peeled shrimp when you add the sausage at the end.

    This is the recipe that my family has used for years....hope you enjoy it!

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Here are a bunch of Gumbo recipes that are easy to cook -

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago


    1 1/2 cups Medium Dark Roux, see How To Roux, recipe follows

    2 cups diced onions

    1 cup diced celery

    1 cup diced green bell pepper

    1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

    2 quarts shrimp, crab or chicken stock

    1 pound andouille sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds, browned in a skillet, and drained on paper towels

    2 bay leaves

    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

    Dash hot sauce

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne

    1 1/2 teaspoons salt

    3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

    1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows

    1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage

    1/3 cup green onion tops, chopped

    1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley leaves

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

    1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves

    1/2 cup file powder, or to taste

    Steamed White Rice, for serving


    Heat the roux in a medium-sized heavy stockpot over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions, celery and bell pepper. Stir mixture until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in stock, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Add the browned sausage, bay leaves, Worcestershire, hot sauce, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

    Bring gumbo to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until gumbo is slightly reduced, about 50 minutes. (Gumbo should cook long enough for the roux flavor to mellow and for any floury taste to dissipate.)

    Season the shrimp with the Essence in a small bowl. Stir in the seasoned shrimp, crabmeat, green onions, parsley, thyme and basil. Cook until shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Sprinkle in file powder and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more, or pass file at the table for guests to thicken as desired. Remove bay leaves before serving.

    Serve in warmed soup bowls over steamed white rice.

    How to Roux:

    3 cups vegetable oil

    5 cups all-purpose flour

    Place a heavy, iron Dutch oven, (or iron skillet with deep sides) over medium heat and heat the oil until just smoking. Whisk in flour, a little at a time and cook, whisking constantly, until roux becomes smooth and thick. Continue to cook, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon and reaching all over bottom of pan, until roux darkens to desired color. Be careful not to produce specs of black. The roux must remain an even color throughout process. If specs appear you must start over.

    For a Light Brown Roux, cook the mixture, over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours, or until the color of peanut butter. Remove about 1 cup of the light colored roux, cool completely, and set aside for the Delmonico's Seafood Okra Gumbo.

    For a Medium Brown Roux, cook the mixture, over medium heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until the color of a copper penny when ready. Remove about 13/4 cups of the medium colored roux, cool completely, and set aside for Emeril's Country File Gumbo.

    For a Dark Brown Roux, cook the mixture an additional 35 to 45 minutes. The color should resemble dark chocolate when ready. Remove all of the remaining dark roux from the pan and cool completely. Set aside for the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

    Yield: about 4 1/2 cups roux

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook Time: 2 hours

    Inactive Prep Time:

    NOTE: The timings for various shades of roux will vary depending on the cooktop as well as the amount of roux made. (A smaller amount will cook in much less time.) If this is your first time making a roux, the slower you cook it, the less likely you will be to burn it. The important thing is to cook the roux to the desired color, as specified above.

    Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

    2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

    2 tablespoons salt

    2 tablespoons garlic powder

    1 tablespoon black pepper

    1 tablespoon onion powder

    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

    1 tablespoon dried oregano

    1 tablespoon dried thyme

    Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

    Yield: 2/3 cup

    Source(s): Emeril
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