Speedy Seafood Gumbo Recipe
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Speedy Seafood Gumbo Recipe

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I needed a quick meal one blustery night when my husband was coming home late with the kids. So I threw together this tasty gumbo with ingredients I had on hand, and my family really liked it. Preparing it with instant rice gives us more family time together. —Lori Costo, The Woodlands, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 4 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed chicken gumbo soup, undiluted
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked medium shrimp
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen cut okra
  • 1 package (8 ounces) imitation crabmeat, flaked
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 155 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 987mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and butter; bring to a boil. Stir in rice; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine remaining ingredients and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, until heated through. Stir in cooked rice. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Speedy Seafood Gumbo in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p41

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Babs101Bayer User ID: 7759793 66878
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"I think this recipe deserves 3 stars. It definitely tastes great for a "speedy" meal. Obviously compared to gumbo that has been simmering for hours is a whole other story. Anywho, great for a quick meal. Thanks for sharing."

yoyo1198 User ID: 441674 78450
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014


galeforcewinds User ID: 3902414 156825
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"ok taste. Expensive to make with 4 condensed gumbo soups, shrimp, and crab."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 160617
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"I loved this recipe. I found that if you use the frozen okra and put them in without thawing, than they will not get gummy. Will definitely be making this again."

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 66877
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Kind of bland & i didn't like the sticky consistency of it. Won't make it again."

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