Gulf of Mexico Gumbo - 2 Guiding Stars
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Gumbo needs little introduction. Packed with fish, seafood, and vegetables, this hearty and spicy stew is phenomenal over rice.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup sliced okra
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tsp. Cajun-Creole Seasoning, salt free
  • 4 (8 oz.) bottles low sodium clam juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ lb. skinned red snapper or other firm white fish fillet, cut into 1" pieces
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ¾ lb. crayfish, peeled
  • ¼ lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ tsp. hot sauce
  • 4½ cups hot cooked brown rice


  1. Place flour in a 9″ cast-iron skillet; cook over medium heat until browned, stirring constantly with a whisk (20 minutes). (If flour browns too fast, remove it from heat, and stir until it cools down.) Remove from heat; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; sauté until vegetables are tender (8 minutes).
  3. Add okra and tomato; cover and cook, stirring occasionally (5 minutes).
  4. Add water, Cajun-Creole Seasoning, clam juice, and bay leaves; bring to a boil.
  5. Gradually add browned flour, stirring with a whisk. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally (45 minutes).
  6. Add snapper (5 minutes).
  7. Add green onions, crayfish, and shrimp; cook until seafood is done (10 minutes).
  8. Stir in hot sauce; discard bay leaves. Serve gumbo over rice.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 275; Total Fat 2.5g (3% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 0.5g (3% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 71mg (23% DV); Sodium 350mg (15% DV); Total Carbohydrate 43g (16% DV); Dietary Fiber 3.5g (14% DV); Total Sugars 3g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 19g; Vitamin D 15% DV; Calcium 6% DV; Iron 10% DV; Potassium 15% DV; Vitamin B12 280% DV; Copper 90% DV; Manganese 70% DV.
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