New Orleans Gumbo

Gumbo for Mardi Gras

Gumbo – This Cooking Secrets for Men version of New Orleans Gumbo is made with the Trinity (Green Pepper, Onion, Celery), chicken, sausage, and shrimp, and served with rice. This is a New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition.

Gumbo is probably the most famous dish in Louisiana cooking. And you can make the argument that it is the most popular. Gumbo crosses all class barriers. You see it on the tables of the poor as well as the wealthy. The ingredients might vary from one cook to the next, and from one part of the state to another, but a hot bowl of gumbo is one of life’s culinary pleasures. It is as much a part of Louisiana as chili is of Texas.

Shrimp in Gumbo

Jambalaya vs Gumbo

Jambalaya is mostly a rice dish (like paella) while gumbo is more of a stew.  Both are made with chicken, sausage, and/or seafood and vegetables. But the process of making them and the flavors of the result is completely different.

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If you want to make a Roux

We show how to make a Roux, but we take Cooking Secrets for Men shortcuts to get the same flavor.

A “roux” is made with two ingredients; flour and oil, and it’s the key to any great gumbo recipe!  The flour and oil are cooked and stirred together for about 30-45 minutes until it becomes dark brown almost like mud, or chocolate, and the consistency of dough.  The roux is what adds a deep, rich flavor to the gumbo, and it gives it its thick texture.

But from the Cooking Secrets for Men standpoint, you have to stand and stir the roux and not leave it. You can’t do anything else to prepare for the meal. That’s why we have our way of making Gumbo, which is not so working and time-intensive.

New Orleans Gumbo

New Orleans Gumbo

This Cooking Secrets for Men version of New Orleans Gumbo is made with the Trinity (Green Pepper, Onion, Celery), chicken, sausage, and shrimp, and served with rice.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course, Stew
Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Keyword: Gumbo
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 464kcal


  • Large Dutch Oven or Pot


Ingredients for the roux (Optional)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oil vegetable or canola oil

For the gumbo:

  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 bunch celery diced
  • 2 Chicken thighs, boneless cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning for the chicken
  • 12 oz andouille sausage sliced into 1/4" rounds
  • 1 cup chopped okra (OPTIONAL or use Frozen Okra)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Box Zatarain’s gumbo mix
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth or water
  • 2 cups raw shrimp tails off, deveined, and shells off
  • 1 green onion finely chopped for garnish


Gumbo – The Cooking Secrets for Men way

  • Heat oil on medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or large pot
  • Add onion, bell pepper, and celery cook 3 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften.
    The Trinity in a pan
  • Brown chicken thighs with vegetables
  • Season Chicken Thighs with Cajun Seasoning
  • Add Andouille sausage and stir to combine
  • Stir in Zatarain's Gumbo Mix and stock/or water
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • During the last 5 minutes, stir in the raw shrimp and let the hot gumbo cook them
    Gumbo Shrimp
  • Sprinkle with green onions before serving.
  • Serve with cornbread
    New Orleans Gumbo

To Make a Roux (Not for this recipe)

  • In a large pot, combine flour and oil
  • You have to be careful to stir it constantly, on medium-low heat, so that you don’t burn it.
  • The darker the roux, the richer the flavor!
  • And we are not using a roux for this recipe



The less water/stock you add, the less thick the Gumbo will be. If it’s too thick, just add a little water
Louisiana hot sauce for the hearty souls
Make your cornbread ahead of time
This recipe tastes even better the next day as the flavors have a chance to meld


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Gumbo in the Pot
Gumbo in the Pot

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If you liked our recipe for New Orleans Gumbo, try our Jambalaya recipe from our Mardi Gras recipes. Or try our Easy Shrimp Creole for Mardi Gras

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