Here you will find a list of the most authentic New Orleans style and best gumbo recipes online. Perfect for Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) celebrations or all year round for a dose of delicious Cajun creole comfort food.
LOUISIANA CREOLE GUMBO
You can’t even begin to think of good ole’ southern Louisiana without drooling over a rich, spicy bowl of gumbo soup! I already know my southern friends who appreciate good eating know that Louisiana jambalaya is crazy popular in these streets too.
But when it comes to gumbo v.s jambalaya, Cajun steamed gumbo over rice just hits the taste buds differently. Now, as a proud chef of southern cuisine myself I’ve got to admit, Louisiana can definitely throw down when it comes to cooking succulent stews. I mean, the amount of flavors the soup can arrive in is insane! Cajun shrimp gumbo, smoked sausage gumbo, classic chicken gumbo- it all sounds divine if you ask me (and worthy of a vacation there!)
Still, in spite of all this, you’d be surprised to find out that traditional gumbo did not originate in Louisiana! No, boos, it goes a lot deeper than that.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD GUMBO
Now that you’re a certified gumbo historian let’s get into what really matters: the perfect gumbo ingredients. Without the right seasonings or meats and veggies, a savory gumbo can turn into a gumNO real fast! (Is that too much y’all?) To be perfectly honest, you do not even have to worry about messing up a gumbo recipe that badly. Why? Because most use very specific and simple ingredients such as:
- Bell Pepper and Onions
- Tender Meat like Chicken
- Flavored Stock for Broth
THE FIRST INGREDIENT IN GUMBO
The dish actually travels a long way from West Africa. West Africans caught up in the slave trade with arrival to southern American states transported these traditional recipes with them. And they did so with the transferring and planting of gumbo’s first secret ingredient: okra.
As time went on, this original West African cuisine combined with European and Native American cultures and passions.
Thanks to the brilliance of such beautiful overcoming coming together and fusing cultures, hot spots like New Orleans, Louisiana, and the entire U.S. can bask in the greatness of gumbo.
If you feel like you are ready to dive into making your first gumbo, check out these amazing recipes!
What to Serve the BEST Gumbo Recipes with
Make sure you serve your gumbo with rice of course. Also serve with a lovely cornbread, a nice lemonade and a nice pound cake for dessert.
Best Gumbo Recipes
Here are the best authentic gumbo recipes found online.
Instant Pot Louisiana Seafood, Chicken, and Sausage Gumbo
Instant Pot Louisiana Seafood, Chicken, and Sausage Gumbo is an easy pressure cooker recipe with shrimp, okra, rice, and New Orleans cajun spicy Creole seasoning.
Seafood Gumbo Recipe
This generations old Seafood Gumbo Recipe is chock-full of tender shrimp, oysters and crabmeat swimming in a spiced broth that began with a deep medium flavorful roux!
Slow Cooker Gumbo + VIDEO
This easy slow cooker gumbo recipe is packed with Creole/Cajun flavors. Low-carb, paleo, whole30 compliant, this version of gumbo can also be made in the Instant Pot.
Gumbo Recipe (Plus Video)
Spice up your weeknight meals with the best Gumbo Recipe in town! This chicken, sausage, and seafood stew is bursting with authentic Cajun flavors from Creole Seasoning, paprika, and gumbo file.
Gumbo with Andouille Sausage, Chicken, and Seafood
This flavorful stovetop meal is packed with juicy proteins- sausage, chicken, and two types of seafood- swimming in a thick broth that I can drink on its own
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (With Video!)
This chicken and sausage gumbo is made starting with a foundation of a thick, rich, and deep roux. Simmered along with flavorful spices, hearty meat, a variety of aromatics, and veggies.
Easy Okra Gumbo done right! With rich, authentic flavors and incredibly delicious taste, this protein-loaded southern comfort food dish will have your family begging for more.
Vegan File Okra Gumbo
A vegan gumbo is probably how the first gumbo was prepared. Then eventually, came the crabs and shellfish from the Gulf of Guinea. However, this one’s a New Orleans file okra gumbo.
The Makings Of Gumbo: Roux
Roux is the base of all things gumbo and some say it is what will make or break your gumbo. This step by step will show you how to make the perfect roux for your gumbo.
Gumbo Z'herbes (green gumbo)
A deliciously unique green gumbo made with mustard greens, collard greens, swiss chard and cabbage.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a hearty bowl of comfort with juicy pieces of chicken, andouille sausage, and veggies swimming in homemade roux. You will definitely want seconds of this classic southern dish served with a scoop of white rice!