Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp and sausage gumbo is a must for us during the cold weather months. We could eat this every week. It’s that good.

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo - Our favorite gumbo with rice in a white bowl.

It’s as close as we have come to authentic New Orleans-style gumbo made at home.

Why You’ll Love This

A classic Lousianna dish that’s deeply spiced with traditional flavors and a one-pot meal that’s sure to please!

Gumbo and rice in a white bowl.

Key Ingredients

  • Sausage – We use andouille in this recipe for its authentic flavor. You can also use smoked sausage or chicken sausage.
  • Onions, green bell pepper, and celery – The holy trinity in Cajun cooking is a must in this gumbo recipe.
  • Okra – Okra plays two roles in this Cajun shrimp gumbo recipe, it’s a tasty ingredient and also helps to thicken the gumbo.
  • Chicken stock (chicken broth)- Homemade stock is always tastier. Vegetable broth or seafood stock also works.
  • Shrimp – We use small shrimp for a one-bite experience. You can use any size of shrimp, either leave them whole or cut them to bite-size.

Tips

  • The roux is ready when it’s a caramel color or deep amber. Reduce the heat if it seems like the roux is burning.
  • Filé powder can be added after cooking to help flavor and thicken this easy gumbo recipe.

How to Make the Best Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

We prefer this gumbo made with andouille sausage instead of smoked sausage. It bumps the flavors up and gives it a spicier kick.

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until browned on both sides and remove.

Sausage browning in a dutch oven.
Cooked roux in a dutch oven.

Sorry for the blurry picture, that stuff was HOT.

Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of butter and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes.

You want it brown not BURNED! Cooking the roux takes a little patience.

Onions, bell peppers, and celery cooking in the roux.
Gumbo cooking in a dutch oven.

Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery and cook for 10 minutes.

Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste, and the 1/4 bunch of parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.

No need for store-bought Cajun seasoning in this gumbo!

Add 4 cups chicken broth or stock, whisking constantly. Add the sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add the okra and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, until opaque.

Serve with rice, and green onions, and enjoy!

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo in a white bowl with rice added to the middle and garnished with green onions and parsley.

Easy New Orleans shrimp and sausage okra gumbo that’s perfect for Mardi Gras!

Can this be made ahead?

You can make the gumbo without adding the shrimp. Cool completely, and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a day or two. Warm it up and add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes.

What to serve with gumbo?

You only need white rice and maybe a nice crusty bread.

Storing

Let the shrimp sausage gumbo cool to room temperature, place it in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Just note the shrimp doesn’t do well with reheating.

Freezing

Transfer the cooled gumbo into a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo - Our favorite gumbo with rice in a white bowl.

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

A taste of New Orleans right in your own kitchen! This shrimp and sausage gumbo is rich, slightly spicy, and a total winner!
4.50 from 6 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Keyword: gumbo, sausage, shrimp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices (or smoked sausage)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (plus chopped leaves for garnish)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 14 oz stewed tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups frozen sliced okra
  • 1 pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 4 green onions diced

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until browned on both sides and remove.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of butter and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste and the 1/4 bunch parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups chicken stock, whisking constantly. Add the sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Just before serving, add the green onions and chopped parsley.
  • Serve with rice, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 1382mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 799IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 4mg

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18 Comments

  1. This looks so delicious, especially for this cooler Fall weather! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark last week; your recipe was our Most Clicked post! Hope you’ll stop by an link up again; the party starts at 6am EST tomorrow 🙂

  2. Certainly wish people who’ve actually MADE the recipe would comment. Many recipes look great on paper, but turn out to be ho-hum.
    Giving a rating to a recipe you’ve not made isn’t very helpful…just saying

  3. Made the recipe and it’s great! Next time will cut back a little on the flour as the okra does a good job of thickening it. Perfect dinner for a cold night

  4. I made a triple batch of this gumbo on Halloween. Mostly followed the recipe – I used diced tomatoes instead of stewed and may have been a little heavier handed with all the veggies/shrimp/andouille. I didn’t add okra but that was just personal preference. I also added Emeril’s Original Essence. This was awesome! I had 20 people eat it and everyone, I mean everyone praised it and asked for me to pack up leftovers for them the next day. Super recipe. Thank you!

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