Carolyn’s Chicken, Sausage and Seafood Gumbo (2019)


Yield: 10-15 Servings

  1. Note: You will need a 15 qt or an 18 qt stock pot to complete this recipe
  2. Note: If you would like to use less meat, you can reduce the measurement of each meat by 1 pound, meaning use the lower weight stated by each meat. Keep the rest of the recipe the same.
  3. Note: If you would like to increase the volume of the recipe, simply add 2 more quarts of seafood stock and keep the rest of the recipe the same. You will need to use an 18 qt stock pot with this increased amount


  • Cooking Oil, your choice of Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, etc.
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 Pounds Andouille Sausage
  • 1-1/2 Pounds Smoke Sausage, your choice
  • 3-4 Pounds Chicken, your choice of white or dark meat
  • 2 Cups Diced Onions
  • 1-1/2 Cups Diced Green Bell Pepper
  • 1-1/2 Cups Diced Celery
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1, 30 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2-3 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 3-4 Tablespoons or To Taste Grand Diamond All Purpose Seasoning plus more to season the chicken, shrimp, and okra
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Dried Thyme
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons of Gumbo File
  • 1-2 Tablespoons or To Taste Liquid Crab Boil
  • 4 Quarts Seafood Stock, you may add an additional 2 quarts if desired
  • 12 Ounces (or less) Okra, fresh or frozen that has been thawed
  • 4-5 Pounds King Crab Legs, or your choice of Crab Legs
  • 1/2-1 Pound Super Lump Crab Meat (OPTIONAL)
  • 2-3 Pounds Shrimp size 21-25 or size 26-30, deveined, tails removed



Diced the onions, celery, and bell pepper. Mince the garlic. Set all veggies aside.

Prepare and clean the shrimp, chicken and crab legs. Once done, season the chicken and shrimp with 1-1/2 to 2 Tablespoons of Grand Diamond All Purpose Seasoning or season to taste. Set aside. Slice the sausages, set aside.

Preheat 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat, brown the chicken. Don’t overcrowd the pot, brown the meat in batches if needed. Add more oil to the pot and brown the sausage, again do it in batches if needed. Set both aside.


Make the roux first. Start with a clean pot. Preheat 3/4 cup of oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup of flour and stir. Continuously stir until the roux is the color chocolate or slightly deeper. Adjust the heat to medium if needed to avoid burning.

Next, stir in the onions, celery and bell pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for another minute. Add the bay leaves and tomatoes, stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Next, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of Grand Diamond All Purpose Seasoning, or seasonings of choice, be mindful of the amount of sodium being added. Add the thyme, crab boil, and gumbo file. Stir to combine.

Stir in the chicken and sausage and follow with the seafood stock. (Note: If you like your okra to cook for most of the cooking time, add it at this point along with the chicken and sausage.) Place the lid on the pot and bring to a boil over high heat then reduce to medium heat. Simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally.

In a small pan over medium-high heat preheat 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil. Saute the okra until the slime is no longer visible. Turn off the heat, add to the gumbo with the crab legs.

After an hour or so, skim the top of the gumbo with a large serving spoon to remove some of the fat that has come to the surface.

Taste and adjust the seasoning(s) to taste. Be mindful of the sodium content in all of the seasonings that are being used. Seafood has its own sodium content.

Add the crab legs and optional lump crab meat along with the okra. Place the lid on and simmer for 30 minutes or so.

Finally, stir in the shrimp and cover with the lid. Simmer for another 15 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink.

Serve immediately with rice and Enjoy!!


  1. I really appreciate your tip on how to remove the slime from the okra. I am not a fan either but my husband loves it. I a going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Carolyn, I am using your gumbo recipe for Christmas 1st time. My mom taught me how to make gumbo a long long time ago with her recipe and I’ve never swayed away, there is something about your recipe that got me. Your videos are great and you sound like a professional speaker that gives seminars. Happy Holidays!!!

  3. Good evening Ms Carolyn,

    I want to make this recipe exactly as you did. Please provide exact brand names of ingredients grape seed oil, sausage, can tomatoes, liquid boil etc etc etc.

    Thank you! Jay

  4. I knew you were my go-to when you talked about that okra!! I followed your recipe word for word! I did NOT do one taste test as I cooked this dish (I’m allergic to shell fish) but with the help of Benadryl I can enjoy a bowl before sleep so I waited til the end of night before eating. At any rate, I wanted to start the tradition at my house this new year. Baby when I tell you the whole house voted me the new official holiday gumbo maker!! I received sooo many compliments. Thank you for sharing step by step instructions to this recipe Ms Carolyn. The pot was gone before any one took pictures. I promise folks if you stick to her instructions (& keep stirring that flour!!) You will have success!


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