11 cups

This authentic little recipe uses the king of all sausages, spicy andouille sausage, with shrimp and traditional gumbo fixings. Simmering the shrimp shells in the broth adds distinct flavor, but you can skip this step and start with peeled shrimp.

How to Make It

Step 1

Peel shrimp, reserving shells, and devein, if desired. Set meat aside.

Step 2

Combine shrimp shells and chicken broth in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding shells. Set broth aside, and keep warm.

Step 3

Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat until browned. Remove sausage; set aside. Measure drippings, adding enough oil to measure 1/2 cup. Cook oil mixture and flour in Dutch oven over medium-low heat about 35 to 40 minutes, whisking constantly, until roux is chocolate colored.

Step 4

Stir in onion and next 3 ingredients; cook 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Gradually stir in warm broth; bring mixture to a boil. Stir in bay leaves and next 4 ingredients; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5

Stir in shrimp, sausage, and green onions; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Discard bay leaves. Serve over hot rice.

Ratings & Reviews

New "Go-To" recipe for Gumbo!

October 16, 2016
Made this for dinner and it was as good as the other reviewers suggested.  Start 3-4 hours ahead of time!  Between shelling and de-veining the shrimp, cooking down the shrimp shells and making the roux, it is time intensive but worth it.  I followed the proportions and made it as written except I added some additional smoked chicken.  The roux took 50 minutes, perhaps because I didn't have it hot enough.  


May 02, 2016
Very very good recipe.  I used fresh jumbo red shrimp straight from Florida, smoked pepper sausage, and added chicken.  Definitely a recipe to make on the weekend when you have some more time, I cooked the roux for close to an hour.  3 hours invested from start to finish and oh so worth it.  I recommend adding some chicken, I used frozen raw chicken tenderloins and cubed them, it helps break up the sausage flavor.  Also, I cooked the sausage at a medium low heat with the lid on for some time, it helps pull the grease out thus you can add less oil and keep more of the smoky flavor from the sausage grease.  Let the roux take it's time, use a whisk and rubber spatula for stirring, and keep going for that melted chocolate brown color.  You'll know it when you see it.  Do yourself 2 favors; Make a double batch, and have nice crusty bread for dipping.***Picture of roux only- not dark enough.. keep cooking.  the darker the roux, the deeper the flavor.

Kim's review

July 27, 2015
Just like in the "Big Easy"! The roux is a lengthy process, but worth the time!

tngolfgal's Review

May 04, 2014
Absolutely fabulous. I followed the directions to the "t"......except.....I thinly sliced half a package of frozen whole okra and put it in the gumbo for the last 15 minutes of simmering. So good.............

stormydogblue's Review

March 04, 2014
I was lucky enough to find seafood cooking stock, so I replaced one quart of the chicken stock with it and skipped the boiling of the shells. What fantastic flavor! I found the spices and seasoning to be just perfect. I wanted it a little thicker, so on a whim, I threw in half a bag of frozen sliced okra toward the end and that did the trick. The flavor was great with the shrimp, too!

TAntognazzi's Review

April 15, 2013
We just got back from New Orleans, where we had our first taste of Gumbo at a little restaurant called Deja Vu in the French Quarter. Being totally in love with this dish, I decided to start looking for a recipe that resembled the taste of the authentic Gumbo we had in New Orleans. THIS IS IT! I did not change one thing, it cooked up perfectly just as it is.

MyPumpkin99's Review

February 03, 2013
Made this on Superbowl Sunday. Great flavors. Glad I only put two teaspoons of hot sauce or it would have been too spicy for us.

CCErickson's Review

January 20, 2013
With the weather turning cold so quickly here in VA, I decided I wanted something hot and delcious for dinner. I found this recipe and tried it today; which happens to be my first time making Gumbo ever! It turned out awesome!! We will keep and use this recipe for years to come.

Proverbs31Gal's Review

November 09, 2012
This was my first time making a true Cajun dark roux, and really my first time to make gumbo - and it turned out DELICIOUS! My husband and his friend who joined us for dinner kept saying "this is so, so good!" I worried that I had burned the roux, but everything turned out fine. Next time I'll make sure to be more careful so that it's not even a question. I used venison sausage (we hunt and have a large amount of venison on hand) and precooked, frozen salad shrimp and skipped the step where you simmer the chicken broth and shrimp shells. I'll definitely be making another (double) batch soon to freeze for later! Will be a nice addition to our freezer stash of venison spahetti and chili.

greenshamrock's Review

June 05, 2012
A little time consuming I made this without the shrimp and it was still yummy. The hubby really enjoyed it.