Georgia Gumbo

Georgia Gumbo Recipe

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This recipe takes some time, but it is delicious. Using fresh ingredients really makes a difference with the seafood.


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4 1/2 quarts
20 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


  • 6 c
  • 2 lb
    unpeeled medium size fresh shrimp
  • 8 slice
  • 1/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 large
    onions, chopped
  • 1 c
    green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    green onions, chopped
  • 1 large
    garlic clove, minced
  • 5 c
  • 32 oz
    canned whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 20 oz
    frozen okra, sliced, thawed (may use fresh)
  • 2 c
    cooked ham, diced
  • 1 tsp
    creole seasoning
  • 3-4
    drops of hot sauce
  • 1 lb
    fresh crab meat, drained and flaked (remove any shells)
  • 1 tsp
    gumbo file
  • ·
    hot cooked basmati rice

How to Make Georgia Gumbo


  1. Bring 6 cups water to boil; add the shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Chill. Peel and devein when cool enough. Set shrimp aside and keep cold.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove the bacon and drippings, reserving 1/2 cup of the drippings. Crumble the bacon, and set aside.
  3. Return 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings to the skillet; add all the flour (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the roux is caramel colored (about 15 minutes).
  4. Saute the onion and next 3 ingredients in the remaining 3 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until tender. Add the roux, 5 cups water and the next 6 ingredients; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Add the okra, ham, Creole seasoning, and hot sauce; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  6. Add the reserved shrimp and crabmeat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Stir in gumbo file. Serve over hot cooked rice. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over each serving.

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About Georgia Gumbo

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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