Cajun Chicken, Prawns & Sausage Gumbo

Cajun Gumbo is what I call Louisiana in a bowl. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and its one of those dishes which gets more delicious with time as all the spices, vegetables and seafood marry together.



Prep Time

20 mins

Total Time

1 hour


Seasoning Mix:
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sweet basil
1 tsp black pepper
2-3 bay leaves
1 tsp cayenne pepper (more to increase the heat)

6 cups chicken stock
500 g deboned chicken thighs cubed /chicken wings or breast
150 g smoked polish sausage sliced
250 g lump crab meat / whole crabs
500 g prawns ( 3-4 per person)
150 g onions chopped
150 g green bell pepper chopped
150 g celery chopped
150 g okra sliced
75 g flour
3 Tbsp oil

Step by Step Instructions

Mix spices together to make seasoning mix.
Season chicken with 1 tsp seasoning mix.
In heavy skillet heat oil on high heat. Whisk in flour to make roux. Continue whisking until medium to dark brown colour. Add onions, celery, bell pepper and okra. Fry for two minutes, reduce heat to medium.
Add chicken when vegetables are tender and cook for 5 minutes. Add half stock and seasoning mix. Add sausage. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes. Add crab and prawns. Cover and turn off heat until seafood is poached, about 6-10 minutes.Add green onions before serving.
Serve on a bed of rice. ( 1/3 cup rice surrounded by 1 cup gumbo)

Add a bit of coriander to gumbo… it’s the Trini in me!


Tip: Make up the Seasoning mix in bulk (minus bay leaves), store in airtight glass bottle. Use as a spice blend in your everyday cooking.
Gumbo is great for entertaining and feeding a crowd. It can be just chicken and sausage or seafood only or any combination you choose.
I love okra so I add a lot more than what is listed in the recipe. A 100-gram serving of okra contains only 30 calories and zero saturated fats and cholesterol. It is high in soluble and insoluble fiber. The fiber in okra has been linked to several benefits, such as optimal digestive function, low cholesterol levels, reduced heart disease risk, and weight management. Because fibrous foods are more challenging to digest, you’ll feel more satiated when you eat them.
Okra is packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin A and vitamin K as well as the minerals iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.