Gumbo with Seared Snapper

The Back Story


Gumbo file broth

1 link smoked beef sausage, diced

1 quart chicken stock

¾ cup diced okra

½ cup small diced yellow onion

½ cup small diced celery

½ cup small diced bell pepper

1 herb bundle

1 jalapeno sliced into 4 pieces

½ cup sliced crimini mushrooms

1 tablespoon file powder

1 small diced creole tomato

½ parsley bunch’s leaves

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon cajun seasoning

2 tablespoons olive oil

seared snapper

2 filets of red snapper, skin on and cut into 1.5 x 1.5 inch strips

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

2 teaspoons cajun seasoning


1 cup of rice

2 cups of chicken stock

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

⅓ cup small diced onion

1 tablespoon butter


gumbo file broth

1.    heat olive oil in dutch oven on high heat

2.   saute trinity, smoked sausage, garlic, salt, pepper, cajun spice, file, mushroom until veggies/meat brown

3.   stir in 1 Quart chicken stock

4.   drop in herb bundle

5.    simmer for 25 minutes then add okra and tomato


1.    Heat olive oil, butter, garlic and onion in small pot

2.   saute until browned

3.   add stock and bring to simmer

4.   add rice, stirring occasionally until liquid is dissolved


1.    preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.   evenly rub salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning all over fish

3.   bring oil to high heat

4.   place fish skin side down and sear for 1 minute then finish in oven


1.    ladle broth into bowl

2.   top with fish

3.   garnish with small diced tomato and sliced okra

4.   serve rice on side

Meet the Guest Stars
Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

Add new comment