A New Orleans staple, gumbo blends a multitude of ingredients. From Creole-style gumbo to the famous gumbo with herbs, these easy recipes showcase dozens of gumbo variations -- and each is a tribute to old-fashioned Southern cooking.

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Chicken Gumbo

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Who says you can't have it all? Our recipe makeover proves you can have Chicken Gumbo with authentic flavor and a complete serving of veggies--a smart bonus.

Total: 2 hrs 10 mins

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

Food & Wine

Jess Jackson asks for this ersatz gumbo every time he visits his Kentucky farm. "He always says, 'We should have this once a week,' " Huffman says. "Then, when he's about halfway through the bowl -- 'OK, twice a week.' It's not authentic gumbo, but Creole flavors have crept up to Kentucky."

Total: 1 hr 5 mins

Paula Deen's Gumbo


This gumbo has a delicious flavor and is an ideal comfort food.

Total: 2 hrs 25 mins

How to Make Gumbo

Southeastern Louisiana has as many different takes on how to make gumbo as it has gumbo pots. Any number of ingredients common to Cajun country -- shrimp, crab, oysters, chicken, pork, andouille sausage, peppers and okra -- find their way into this simmering stew seasoned to perfection and served over rice.

Get Your Gumbo On!

If you've ever been to New Orleans and ordered up a steaming bowl of dark, rich gumbo, you know the magic of this special stew. The key to its velvety texture and deep color is a carefully made roux, cooked down low and slow. Stop too soon and you'll end up with a pallid, insipid soup--what you're looking for is for the mixture of fat and flour to turn the color of toasted peanut butter.

Shrimp-and-Crab Gumbo

Food & Wine

This gumbo from chef-owner Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans owes its flavor to the roux, a mix of flour and oil that's cooked until it's coffee-colored.

Total: 4 hrs

Cajun Seafood Gumbo

Better Homes and Gardens

Add a bit of the bayou--okra, seafood, and tongue-tingling spices--to your menu with this Cajun stew.

Chicken-and-Okra Gumbo

Food & Wine

Chef Way: At Boston's Tupelo, chef Rembs Layman prepares rich gumbo with house-made stock and a jerk seasoning blend from Christina's Spice & Specialty Foods.

Easy Way: Use store-bought rotisserie chicken, canned chicken broth and supermarket jerk or Cajun seasoning.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Total: 50 mins

How to Make Cajun Seafood Gumbo

Learn how to make cajun seafood gumbo, and you've got a hearty, spicy dinner that's perfect for a chilly night. There's no need to save it for Mardi Gras!

New Orleans "Best" Gumbo

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Soul food takes on a spicy accent in gumbo packed with flavor, spice and plenty of shrimp and oysters.

Total: 3 hrs 10 mins

Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

Better Homes and Gardens

Spunky Cajun seasoning, velvety black beans and colorful vegetables keep this Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo lively, loaded and interesting. There's plenty of saucy liquid to flavor accompanying rice.

Simple Seafood Gumbo

Better Homes and Gardens

Ready-to-go products like Cajun-style stewed tomatoes and cooked seafood make everything easy and foolproof in this 30-minute gumbo.

Total: 30 mins

Seafood Gumbo

Better Homes and Gardens

The full flavor of catfish is a good choice for this well-seasoned fish dinner recipe.

One-Pot Shrimp Gumbo

Family Circle

Normally an all-day affair, we hit the fast forward button on gumbo by mixing bouillon cubes with garlic, cayenne and other aromatic ingredients.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Taste of the South
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins

Chicken Chorizo Gumbo

Better Homes and Gardens

A smoky touch of paprika differentiates this chicken and chorizo recipe from the gumbo crowd.

Gumbo  Recipes: Take your pick!
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