Spicy Shrimp Gumbo


This recipe has been in my family for many years. Delicious during cold winter nights.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
33 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 3 mins
9 servings


  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ½ cup finely chopped celery

  • ½ cup sliced green onion

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley (Optional)

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground red chile pepper

  • 2 pounds fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 3 cups hot cooked rice

  • 9 sprigs fresh parsley (Optional)


  1. Combine vegetable oil and flour in a large stockpot over medium heat; cook, stirring often, until roux is dark brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Stir onion, celery, green onion, parsley, and garlic carefully into the hot roux; it may splatter. Cook and stir until onion mixture is tender, about 5 minutes. Pour in broth. Season with salt and red chile pepper. Simmer gumbo, covered, until flavors combine, about 15 minutes.

  3. Stir shrimp into the stockpot; cook until pink and opaque, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Place 1/3 cup rice into each serving bowl. Ladle shrimp gumbo on top. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute water for the chicken broth if desired.

Substitute 2 tablespoons bottled garlic for the fresh garlic cloves if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
14g Fat
25g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 887mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 47mg 233%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 409mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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