Flavorful Seafood Gumbo: A Delicious Cajun Delight
Seafood gumbo is a classic dish that hails from the rich culinary tradition of Cajun cuisine. Bursting with flavors, this hearty stew combines an array of seafood, aromatic vegetables, and a blend of spices to create a tantalizing medley of tastes. Whether you’re a seafood lover or simply looking to explore new flavors, this recipe for seafood gumbo is sure to delight your taste buds. Let’s dive into the recipe, along with some helpful notes and essential nutrition information.
▢2 pounds unpeeled fresh large shrimp
▢1/2 cup butter, divided
▢2 (32-ounce) cartons chicken broth
▢1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
▢1/2 cup vegetable oil
▢1 cup all-purpose flour
▢2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
▢1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
▢1 cup finely chopped celery
▢2 tablespoons minced garlic
▢1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
▢1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
▢2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
▢1 teaspoon dried thyme
▢2 bay leaves
▢1/2 cup green onion tops
▢1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
▢1 pound lump crabmeat
▢Cooked rice for serving
Peel and devein shrimp, placing shrimp shells in a large pot. Refrigerate shrimp until needed.
In a large pot, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add shrimp shells and cook until pink. Then add broth.
Bring broth to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm until needed.
In a large Dutch oven, cook sausage until browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add oil and remaining 1/4 cup butter to Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat until butter is completely melted.
Add flour and stir with wooden spoon until smooth.
Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring frequently until roux is a dark caramel color. This will take 30 to 40 minutes.
Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add green pepper and celery and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
Add beer and stir in well.
Pour shrimp stock through a fine-meshed sieve into Dutch oven. (I like to add it in 3 separate additions, mixing well between additions.
Add Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and bay leaves, plus the reserved andouille sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Add green onions, parsley, and shrimp. When shrimp are pink, remove from heat and stir in crabmeat.
Serve with white rice.
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