Brookie’s Black Bayou Gumbo

  • Yield : 7 Heapin's
  • Servings : 7 Heapin's
  • Prep Time : 45m
  • Cook Time : 6:0 h
  • Ready In : 6:45 h
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A mouthwatering gumbo deep from the heart of Acadiana swamp country. Seafood gumbo cooking at it’s finest. Lump bayou crab meat and bayou hot shrimp with the fixins of Cajun vegetables and the secret of Brookie’s bayou juice.


  • 72 ounces shucked jumbo blue crab meat
  • 6 pounds peeled & de-veined shrimp
  • 3 pounds catfish
  • 8 bell peppers
  • 3 yellow onions
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 large stalks celery
  • 12 ounces bag of cut okra
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 3 tbsp black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tsp cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 3 cups rice cooked
  • 3 gallon pot
  • large cast iron skillet
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cans beer
  • thyme optional


Step 1

Start your pot of water boiling; add the chicken and beer.

Step 2

Cut onions, celery, and bell peppers, garlic and add to the mixture of the chicken and beer.

Step 3

Add the salt and pepper to taste and bring to a medium fire continuing to slowly boil.

Step 4

When chicken is falling off of bones, take out chicken and debone and re-add chicken to pot. Salt and pepper to taste. Add thyme and cayenne as needed for taste. Use some Creole or Cajun seasoning also to taste.

Step 5

Make a roux in the skillet. Get the oil hot and gradually whisk in the flour until it becomes dark brown and has a thick consistency. Let the mixture cool down and add it gradually to gumbo until it reaches a thicker consistency or color changes to a black muddy look. Blend completely and simmer about 3 hours.

Step 6

After about 3 hours, take shrimp, crab meat and okra and add to gumbo and one stick of butter. Season to taste. Add more beer if you wish. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring and observing the crab and shrimp. You do not want to over cook. Turn off and let sit for 1-2 hours and serve over white rice.


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