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Healthy Gumbo Recipe

Healthy Gumbo Recipe

Laissez le bon temps rouler! Try this healthy Mardi Gras Gumbo recipe!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: cajun
Keyword: gumbo
Servings: 12
Calories: 262kcal


  • cup bacon fat add 1 additional tbsp of bacon fat for best results
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ lb Andouille sausage
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • ½ lb chicken cooked
  • ½ lb crabmeat
  • lbs shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp amino acids
  • 1-2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp Cajun seasoning blend
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 10 oz okra cut


  • It begins with my favorite part—cooking bacon. Reserve bacon fat and snack on bacon while cooking.
  • Combine 1/3 cup bacon fat with flour over medium heat until a roux forms.
  • Continue stirring until a paste forms and turns a deep orange-brown color.
  • Add celery, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
  • Add Andouille sausage and 1 cup of broth.
  • Add tomatoes, cooked chicken, crabmeat, shrimp, aminos, hot sauce, Cajun Seasoning, bay leaves, and thyme.
  • Gradually stir in remaining 3 cups of broth.
  • In a separate pot, stir 1 Tbsp of bacon grease with vinegar and add sliced okra; cook down until okra is soft.
  • Add okra to gumbo, and simmer for 45 – 60 minutes.
  • Serve atop rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Put on some fun Fat Tuesday tunes and enjoy this healthy gumbo recipe!


Chef Note: You can add whatever seafood or proteins you enjoy. I kind of threw all of my favorites into this healthy gumbo recipe, but you can choose 1 or 2 if you prefer.
Chef Note: I like things really spicy, so I am sometimes a little heavy handed with the hot sauce. If heat isn’t your thing, you can absolutely decrease or even omit this part.
Chef Note: For those of you who haven’t joined the cauliflower rice parade yet, this would be the perfect dish to experiment with. I made this for a dinner party, and my guests were none the wiser. If you want to toss it in a frying pan before hand and get it a little crispier, that might be a good transitional step.


Fiber: 1.6g | Calories: 262kcal | Fat: 10.5g | Protein: 29g | Carbohydrates: 11g
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