Gumbo Essentials: The Ingredients You Need to Make the Best Gumbo

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we have the market cornered on amazing Cajun food. But if you ever get a wild itch to do something crazy like cook your own gumbo, here’s a rundown on the gumbo essentials you’ll need – or it ain’t gumbo!

Cajun Holy Trinity

Otherwise known as celery, bell peppers, and onions, the Cajun Holy Trinity is the base for most Cajun cuisine – and creates the delicious aroma and flavors you’ve come to love in a gumbo. Start with these, and you’re off to a great start.

Cast Iron

Before getting started, be sure to invest in a good cast iron Dutch oven. Those little babies are perfect at heating up well and holding consistent temps, letting your gumbo simmer to perfection under just the right temperature.

Roux

Depending on the recipe, you’ll make your roux a little differently, but it’s basically just a combination of flour and fat that is cooked until it’s a beautiful dark brown color. This not only adds flavor to your dish, but it thickens it as well.

The Meats

This is really just a free-for-all. What do you have on hand? What do you like? Throw it in! Traditional gumbo calls for seafood, chicken, and Andouille sausage, but really anything goes!

Cajun Seasoning

No gumbo is complete without the quintessential Cajun seasonings. You can choose to buy your favorite name brand bottle of pre-mixed Cajun seasoning or just whip up your own combo using spices such as oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, celery, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

If you try your hand at homemade gumbo and it doesn’t work out, just remember where to find the best gumbo in Texas: Razzoo’s Cajun Café! Our doors are open 7 days a week; come see us for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or a late night snack!

It's all in the roux! Check out this video for tips on how to make Razzoo's Kitchen Sink Gumbo at home!