Prawn and Oyster Gumbo

    2 hours 35 minutes

    This traditional New Orleans-style gumbo begins with a sauteed mix of butter and flour called a roux. Serve over white rice.

    11 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 185g clarified butter
    • 1 1/4 cups (155g) plain flour
    • 4 cups (1 litre) water
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 500g fresh okra, chopped
    • 1 green capsicum, chopped
    • 500g tomato paste
    • 1 3/4 cups diced tomatoes
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
    • 1 kg uncooked medium prawns, peeled and deveined
    • 500g cooked crabmeat
    • 500g shucked oysters

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:2hours15min  ›  Ready in:2hours35min 

    1. Melt the clarified butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until a pinch of flour sprinkled into the oil will just begin to bubble. Whisk in the flour to form a thick paste the consistency of cake icing. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the flour turns the colour of melted chocolate, about 45 minutes. Slowly whisk in the water and bring to a simmer. Whisk until no lumps of roux remain; set aside.
    2. Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion, okra and green capsicum. Cook and stir until the vegetables have softened and begun to brown, about 30 minutes.
    3. Stir the tomato paste into the okra mixture until no lumps of tomato paste remain. Add the tomatoes, garlic, salt, black pepper, bay leaves, seafood seasoning and roux-thickened water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1 hour.
    4. Stir the prawns, crab and oysters into the gumbo, recover and cook 20 minutes longer.

    Recently Viewed

    Reviews and Ratings
    Global Ratings:

    Reviews in English (12)


    We live in Mobile,Al. and this is the standard gumbo recipe around here-GREAT- but,PERSONALLY, I don't use the oysters and not as much okra-just my preference.  -  19 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    It will have to be a really cold day before I whisk flour and clarified butter for 45 minutes. Great gumbo--even leaving out the seafood.  -  15 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wonderful, but I leave out the oysters! Been using this recipe for 40 years, I live on Mobile Bay in AL!  -  13 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)