Gumbo



Seafood Gumbo recipes are as diverse as there are Chefs and Cooks and yet, it is only a type of stew or soup. It consists mainly of shrimp, crab, mussels, clams and oysters.

But, like any other popular dish, there are many varieties of the basic dish and Gumbo is no exception. I've cooked a lot of them myself and I’ve put together the most common and tastiest Gumbos of them all.

I hope that these Seafood Gumbos really are to your taste, and if they are not, well, feel free to adapt it to your own making.

Seafood Gumbo sauce or gravy derives from three primary thickeners: okra, filé powder, and roux. Traditionally, okra and filé powder are not used in the same dish, although this rule is sometimes broken.

Roux can be used alone or in conjunction with either of the other thickeners.

The dish combines its ingredients very well.

This is a Typical Seafood Gumbo


At the bottom of the page are some of my own seafood gumbo recipes and as you will see, it could stand-in for a full meal, as a soup, a stew or a nice starter.

Okra and seafood gumbo -Okra is sometimes known as lady's fingers or Gumbo. It results in the characteristic slime when the seed pods are cooked; the mucilage contains a usable form of soluble fibre.

Some people cook okra this way, others prefer to minimize sliminess; keeping the pods intact, and brief cooking, for example stir-frying, help to achieve this.

Creating your Gumbo with acidic ingredients such as a few drops of lemon juice, tomatoes, or vinegar may help.

Alternatively, the pods can be sliced thinly and cooked for a long time so the mucilage dissolves, as in gumbo.

The cooked leaves can also be used as a powerful soup thickener. The immature pods may also be pickled.

Filé and seafood gumbo –Filé powder, also called gumbo filé, is a spicy herb made from the dried and ground leaves of the sassafras tree. It is used in the making of some types of gumbo, a Creole and Cajun soup or stew, served over rice.

Other versions of seafood gumbo use okra or roux as a thickener instead. Sprinkled sparingly over the gumbo as a seasoning and a thickening agent, it adds a distinctive, earthy flavour and texture. Filé can provide thickening when okra is not in season.

Roux and seafood gumbo – The lighter roux provides little flavour to a dish. It is used in some gravies and pastries throughout the world, but the darker roux add a distinct nutty flavour to a dish.

It consists of nothing more than lard, flour, and water, with a bay leaf and salt for seasoning. Dark roux is often made with vegetable oils, which have a higher smoke point than butter.

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Gumbo Table Of Content

Gumbo Shrimp It goes well with garlic bread or a cheese roll and if you really want to hang out with friends and this Gumbo, you just have to have a nice chilled bottle of white wine with it - or two!

Gumbo Crab This Crab Gumbo recipe has a Creole influence to it and like the first Gumbo, I've adapted the recipe to our own tastes and conditions here in South Africa.

Gumbo Shrimp & Crab This Shrimp and Crab Gumbo is a nice light and soft dish. It lends itself to being a winner among the Weight Watchers and other health conscious people who are serious about their health and wellbeing.

Gumbo Oyster If you are in the unique position to be able to harvest your own shellfish direct from the ocean, one and a half jars according to the recipe will be about ten to twelve medium in size.

Gumbo Catfish although we call this one catfish and crab, we also put some shrimp in along with garlic and oysters. Here in South Africa we call catfish Babel - Baber - in Afrikaans. This is what the fish looks like.

Gumbo Mussels this is a very simple but wonderful gumbo! Impress your family and friends, and make sure you splurge on some good Mussels and garlic.

Gumbo Clams Never select clams or mussels that are already opened, chipped, broken, or damaged in any way. Make sure to immediately put them in fresh, clean water at home.

Gumbo Crayfish Crayfish is a classic ingredient in the traditional filling stew Gumbo, a recipe originating in New Orleans. Gumbo is the name for the essential ingredient okra.

Gumbo Calamari Calamari usually goes well with mash potatoes. So I thought to add the recipe for the mash potatoes in with this calamari and make it a “Combo”.

Shrimp & Crab CurryGumbo allow you to experience this Curried Shrimp and Crab Gumbo. Shrimp and Crab is easy to find at any grocery store. This Currie makes a compelling Appetizer for most party meals.







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