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GoNOLA Recipes At Home: Oyster and Duck Gumbo

Take advantage of New Orleans oyster season and celebrate Mardi Gras with this recipe for Chef John Besh’s Duck and Oyster Gumbo.

There are a million different ways to make a gumbo, and Mardi Gras is the perfect time for a big ol’ pot. In honor of the peak of oyster season, we are pulling out this Oyster and Duck Gumbo recipe. It doesn’t get much more New Orleans than this, folks.


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Chef John Besh’s Duck and Oyster Gumbo (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture)

– 1 cup canola oil
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 3 large onions, diced
– 1 large domestic duck or 3 average-sized wild caught, each cut into 12 pieces
– 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
– 2 pounds spicy chicken sausage links, sliced into ½-inch pieces
– 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
– 2 stalks celery, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 7 green onions, chopped
– 4 quarts store-bought chicken stock
– 2 bay leaves
– 1 pound andouille sausage, chopped
– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper
– Tabasco sauce
– 3 cups shucked oysters
– 1 cup oyster liquor
– 6 cups hot cooked white rice


Make a roux by heating oil in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed pot over high heat; whisk flour into hot oil. It will immediately sizzle. Reduce heat to medium; continue whisking until roux is the color of peanut butter, about 15 minutes. Add onions, stirring into roux with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue stirring until roux is brown, about 10 minutes.

Season duck with Creole spice. Add duck to pot, increase heat to medium, and cook, turning pieces until browned, about 10 minutes.

Add chicken sausage and stir for 1 minute; add bell peppers, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add green onions, chicken stock, and bay leaves. Bring gumbo to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes; stir occasionally, skimming off fat from surface of gumbo as it simmers.

Add andouille, and Worcestershire. Season with salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Simmer for another 45 minutes, continuing to skim fat from surface.

Add oysters and oyster liquor just before serving. Serve in bowls over rice.

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