Savannah Seafood Gumbo

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 45 min
  • Yield: approximately 8 to 10 servings
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1/4 cup oil

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups onion, chopped

1 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup celery, diced

3 large garlic cloves, minced

4 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon chicken base

3 cups water

2 bay leaves

1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/3 cup dried parsley

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows

2 tablespoons soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce

One 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, basil, and oregano or 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes

4 cups sliced Cajun-style fresh link sausage 

4 cups cut okra (fresh or frozen)

2 cups oysters and liquor

1/2 pound crabmeat 

1 1/2 pounds fresh peeled shrimp

3 cups bay scallops

File powder

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder


  1. In a large pot combine oil and flour. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the roux has browned to a light chocolate color. Add onion, pepper, celery and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly add chicken broth, and chicken base, stirring as you go. Add water, bay leaves, thyme, basil, parsley, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, House Seasoning, soy sauce and tomatoes. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to pot along with okra. Cover pot and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add oysters, crabmeat, shrimp and scallops. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Serve over hot buttered rice. Sprinkle with file powder on top of bowl and stir in. 

House Seasoning:

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. 

Cook’s Note

Tip: Add file powder after putting gumbo into individual serving bowls. Adding file into the pot will make the gumbo too thick as File powder acts as a thickening agent.

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