Poppy Tooker's Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Chef Poppy Tooker, New Orleans native and resident expert on all things cooking in Louisiana kitchens, shares her famous gumbo recipe.

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Seafood gumbo recipe.

When Food Network chef Bobby Flay chose to "throw down" with Poppy Tooker to see who makes the best gumbo, he tangled with the wrong woman! Tooker walked away the winner, and now you can create the same dish in your very own kitchen.


  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 gumbo crabs
  • 2 pounds shrimp
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 pounds okra, sliced 1/4 inch
  • oil for frying okra
  • 1 1-pound can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 gallon shrimp stock
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • Crystal Hot Sauce to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Peel shrimp and combine peels, onion skins and tops in a stock pot. Cover with water and boil for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain and reserve.
  3. Fry okra in very hot oil until lightly browned (or roast).
  4. Make a dark roux with the flour and oil, cooking to the color of milk chocolate brown. Add onions, stirring together until the roux darkens to a bittersweet chocolate brown. Add celery and bell pepper. Sauté for five minutes, then add the gumbo crabs, tomatoes, okra, herbs and shrimp stock. Add garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 45 minutes or longer.
  5. Ten minutes before serving add shrimp and green onions. Add Crystal Hot Sauce and salt as needed. Serve on top of cooked rice.