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Sunday Slow Cooker: Seafood Gumbo

When cooking with a slow cooker, it's easy to overlook the fact that shellfish like shrimp and crab are just as simple to make as any other protein.

Gumbo can be time intensive and require a lot of expensive spices, but this recipe turns the Southern favorite into a realistic meal. To round out the menu, serve it over rice. Get the recipe:


Slow Cooker Seafood Gumbo

Slow Cooker Seafood Gumbo

Slow Cooker Seafood Gumbo


1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1 medium onion, sliced (1 cup)
1 green pepper, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 pound large raw shrimp, cleaned
1 pound fresh or frozen crabmeat
1 10-ounce box frozen okra, thawed and sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces


Tip: Once the ingredients are in the pot and the slow cooker is simmering, don't lift the lid. Heat and steam escape. If you do, you'll lose an estimated 20 minutes of cooking time.

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Discard all but a thin coating of fat from the skillet.
  2. Add the celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Spoon the vegetables into the cooker and add the broth, tomatoes (with their liquid), Worcestershire, salt, and thyme.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours.
  5. Add the shrimp, crabmeat, and okra, and cook 1 hour longer on low heat or 1/2 hour longer on high.

Serves 6.

Nutrition per serving: Calories 273(27% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 2g); Cholesterol 204mg; Calcium 222mg; Carbohydrate 11g; Sodium 1757mg; Protein 38mg; Fiber 2g; Iron 4mg

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