How much gumbo to feed to a crowd?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “How much gumbo to feed to a crowd?”. We will also share a perfect recipe of gumbo to feed to a crowd. 

How much gumbo to feed to a crowd?

To feed a crowd, you will have to make more than one gallon of gumbo. 

Gumbo is a perfect meal for both large crowds and small groups. When you have to feed a family or group, you will have to make 1 qt of gumbo for every two persons (4 total cups and 2 cups per person). 

For a group of around 8 to 10 persons, you will have to make around 4 to 5 qt, which makes up to around 20 cups or slightly over 1 gallon of gumbo.

What is gumbo?

Gumbo is a spiced stew popular in the southeastern U.S. It is a dish with many different varieties of flavours and thicknesses, based on how the broth (or roux) is prepared. It is prepared in large cast-iron containers and mixed with very large wooden spoons, based on the number of people to be fed. 

The recipe contains two main components: broth and rice. The roux can be made of shrimps and okras, chicken and smoked sausages, wild ducks and smoked sausages, even rabbits or seafood gumbo with shrimps, crabs and oysters.

It is usually eaten with rice that is cooked in a separate pot and only put in the dish before serving. 

Gumbo is eaten mostly during the winter season as its strong consistency makes it a fantastic option for chilly days. Furthermore, the dish demands a lengthy cooking duration, as the broth must be allowed to simmer for many hours to get the proper consistency.

What are the different types of gumbo?

  • Turkey and Andouille Sausage Gumbo (can be made with oven-roasted turkey, spit-roasted chicken, or any leftover roast)
  • Best Ever Seafood Gumbo (uses crabs, shrimps, and sausages)
  • Chicken Gumbo (adds both a roux and okra as a thickener)
  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (uses roux and okra to concentrate the soup)
  • Shrimp and Crab Gumbo (uses shrimp and crab)
  • Gramercy Crawfish Gumbo (uses flour to get a nutty flavour and okra as a thickener) 

How to make gumbo for a crowd?

Below we have shared a recipe that makes about 8 to 10 quarts of gumbo which can easily serve 15 to 20 persons.

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes 


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 pack celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 28 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 2 to 15 ounces of cans hunt’s fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • One full chicken boiled and de-boned
  • 2 packs frozen extra-large shrimp
  • A quarter cup Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning
  • 4 packs knorr homestyle chicken stock tubs
  • 54 ounces of pack Eckrich smoked sausage
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen okra
  • 8 to 10 cups cooked rice prepared in chicken stock (optional)


  1. Boil a 3-pound chicken and remove bones and shred after it is cooled. You can also do this step and chop all the vegetables one day before, so all you have to do is toss all the ingredients together the next day. Save the chicken broth. You can even cut the smoked sausage one day earlier.
  2. Dice onions and celery and sautee them in butter until translucent. Brown the smoked sausage for approximately 5 mins.
  3. In a large stockpot, start preparing the roux using oil and flour. Cook on low flame, mixing continuously to prevent burning until it is a dark copper colour. This takes about 20 to 30 mins. Do not rush it. If it gets burned, you will have to throw it out and start again.
  4. Once you have prepared the roux, add in the sauteed onion, celery and garlic.
  5. Pour 3-4 cups of chicken stock and mix until it has blended well. Afterwards, add the fire-roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce. Let it simmer at a low flame.
  6. Remove the oil from the smoked sausages. Add sausages, shrimp, okra and chicken. Add chicken stock as required to bring it to the preferred thickness.
  7. Add the cajun seasoning. You can add more if it is not spicy enough.
  8. Add a pinch of salt to get the desired flavours. Allow simmering until the shrimp and okra are prepared. It takes roughly 5 to 10 mins. Serve and enjoy. 

How much gumbo do I need?

One gallon will be fit for ten persons as the main course (12 ounces of gumbo per individual by volume)

One gallon will be fit for 16 to 20 persons as an appetizer (6 ounces of gumbo per individual by volume).

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In this brief guide, we have provided an answer to the question, “How much gumbo to feed to a crowd?”. We have also shared a perfect recipe of gumbo to feed to a crowd.