Our Favorite Gumbo Recipes To Get You Through Winter

Lucy Buffett’s Winter Gumbo Recipe
Photo: Becky Stayner; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Few things are as integral to Creole and Cajun cooking as gumbo, making a good gumbo recipe high on our list of go-to Southern meals. Transform your kitchen into an iconic New Orleans restaurant by making our Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo or the Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Potatoes. For seafood lovers, make a pot of mouthwatering Savory Crab-And-Shrimp Gumbo Exotica. We also have a few twists on traditional gumbo, like our Gumbo-Style Turkey Soup (and some tomato-based recipes for those who follow that tradition). All you need now are the sounds of New Orleans at Mardi Gras; go ahead and try one of our favorite gumbo recipes. You will love the spicy Creole and Cajun flavors and aromas.

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These Gumbo Recipes are the Best of the Best

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Shrimp And Okra Gumbo

Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Southern Living

This family recipe comes to us from Jessica Dupuy's cookbook United Tastes of Texas and is loaded with okra, fresh chopped vegetables, and shrimp. "Because it doesn't have a roux, many may contend that it isn't true gumbo," she says. "I'm not one to argue with my elders, so I'm sticking to what my grandmother calls this. But if you'd like to call it shrimp and okra stew, you're free to do so." After you taste this delicious dish, you may not care what it's called.

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Gumbo-Style Turkey Soup

Gumbo-Style Turkey Soup
Greg DuPree

This quick recipe emphasizes mouthwatering gumbo flavor without the daylong cook time. Made with roasted turkey and andouille sausage, it's the ideal after-Thanksgiving meal. Cook the roux for a good 10 minutes to develop that deep caramel color.

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Shrimp-And-Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
Southern Living

Our Test Kitchen favorite, this Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo will warm you from the inside out. Complete with traditional ingredients like fresh okra, celery, and bell pepper, this Louisiana-approved dish is satisfying and robust. We added a few extras, like diced tomatoes for a touch of acidity.

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Chicken-And-Sausage Gumbo

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
Ralph Anderson

While you may be most familiar with seafood gumbo, we're making the case for the chicken and sausage variety. It's a hearty combination that'll leave you feeling satisfied. This recipe using bone-in chicken breasts may take four hours to prepare, but sometimes the best things take patience.

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Leah Chase's Gumbo Z'Herbes

Leah Chase Gumbo Z'Herbes
Robbie Caponetto

Leah Chase's Gumbo Z'Herbes is a welcome departure from most classic gumbo recipes. Every year before Easter, she used to cook up to 100 gallons of this gumbo, and all of New Orleans flocked to eat it. Made with nine different types of greens, this dish is all things fresh and flavorful, and now you can try it too.

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Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo
Southern Living

It doesn't get much more authentic than this recipe with chocolate-colored roux and the holy trinity of Cajun vegetables. Packed with fresh ingredients like lump crabmeat, peeled shrimp, and juicy oysters, this recipe will keep you coming back for more. Thicken with okra as it simmers or toss in some filé at the finish.

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Smoked Turkey-and-Andouille Gumbo

Smoked Turkey-and-Andouille Gumbo
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Torie Cox

This award-winning gumbo from the New Iberia Kiwanis Club is well worth the lengthy cook time. You'll love the flavor from the 10-pound smoked turkey. Serve it alongside garlic bread and potato salad for a second-serving-worthy dinner.

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Chicken-Andouille Gumbo With Roasted Potatoes

Chicken Soups Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes
Iain Bagwell

You can't go wrong with this classic Southern dish to fill you up on chilly nights. We made it even heartier by the traditional stew over roasted potatoes instead of rice. Add a half pound of shrimp if you're craving a more briny flavor.

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Rasberry Family Shrimp-And-Sausage Gumbo

Rasberry Family Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer Food Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl

This family recipe follows the Creole tradition of tomato-based gumbo. Karen Clark Raspberry recommends minding your roux closely and cooking until it turns the color of an old copper penny. Her family prefers a hickory-smoked sausage like Conecuh Original for its rich flavor.

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Savory Crab-And-Shrimp Gumbo Exotica

Savory crab-and-shrimp gumbo exotica in black bowl

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Micah Morton; Prop Stylist: Jillian Knox

With such a glorious name, we're chomping at the bit to taste this Florida recipe from Marsha Dean Phelts' cookbook. In addition to sweet seafood and tangy tomatoes, the recipe includes a seasoning mix for incredible flavor. Add the shellfish at the end to avoid overcooking.

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Lucy Buffett's Winter Gumbo

Lucy Buffett’s Winter Gumbo Recipe
Becky Stayner; Styling: Lindsey Lower

The proprietor of the LuLu's restaurants shares her recipe starting with a whole chicken and ending with fresh-caught shrimp and oysters. For a bit of bite, she uses scallions and a good dose of hot sauce (LuLu's Perfect Pepper Hot Sauce preferred).

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Andouille Sausage And Smoked Chicken Gumbo

Andouille Sausage and Smoked Chicken Gumbo
Southern Living

This classic recipe calls for andouille sausage and rotisserie chicken. If you can't find andouille sausage, any smoked sausage or kielbasa will do. The simple and rustic gumbo is also a great make-ahead dish—just prepare a pot of fluffy white rice and you're ready to serve.

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