Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  327
  • Protein  22 g
  • Carbohydrates  33 g
  • Fat  11 g
  • Cholesterol  86 mg
  • Sodium  328 mg
  • Potassium  368 mg
  • Phosphorus  221 mg
  • Calcium  79 mg
  • Fiber  1.4 g

Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

Seafood lovers will want to try this zesty Shrimp and Crab Gumbo kidney-friendly recipe by DaVita renal dietitian Celeste from Colorado.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Celeste from Colorado.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1-1/4 cups gumbo plus 1/2 cup rice


  • 1 cup bell pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups onion
  • 1  garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup celery leaves
  • 1 cup green onion tops
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose white flour
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces shrimp, uncooked
  • 6 ounces crab meat
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 cups cooked rice 


  1. Chop bell peppers, onion, garlic,celery leaves, green onion tops. and parsley.
  2. To make a roux, heat oil and flour in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until flour is pecan colored.
  3. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, celery leaves and 1 cup water. Cover and cook on very low heat until vegetables are tender.
  4. Increase heat to high and add 3 cups water and 4 cups low sodium chicken broth. Boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce to medium heat and add shrimp and crab meat. Boil 10 minutes.
  6. Add green onion tops and parsley. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Season with pepper and hot sauce and serve over rice.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Roux varies in flavor, depending on how long the flour is cooked. For a deeper flavor, cook the roux until it is the color of coffee with cream added.

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Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

BVanselous says:


Would artificial crab meat (white fish) be an Acceptable substitute? Dietitian comment: Yes you can make the substitution. Protein is about 1 gram lower per ounce, potassium is 20 mg higher per ounce and phosphorus is lower. The differences will also vary with the type of crabmeat.

Sep. 27, 2014, 9:59 AM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

healed2wholeness says:


Following the recipe above could I substitute chicken for the shrimp and maybe another meat ? Don't like shrimp or crab. If so how what would the values be? Dietitian comment: Yes, you can substitute 12 ounces cooked chicken. Protein is the same, sodium is 24 mg lower, potassium 32 mg lower and phosphorus 3 mg lower.

Sep. 17, 2014, 11:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

Cajunboo says:


Eliminate oil by browning flower in heavy pan over med high heat stirring until medium brown, pour onto plate to cool. Put chopped veggies in covered glass bowl, heat on high power 4 min, stir heat on high for 3 min. Heat water & broth to a slow boil, add cooked veggies, cook at fast simmer 5min. Add roux flower a little at a time stirring until dissolved. I prefer to cook shrimp only 3 min and add crab meat when green onion & parsley are added, simmer 2 min after adding. For added flavor I sprinkle a little file' over the rice serving & than add gumbo. Pass the Tabasco.

Jan. 29, 2013, 5:06 AM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

toothlessma says:


I love gumbo but i love okras in it would it b harmful? I am new at this Moderator comment: You could add 1 cup of chopped okra. This will increase potassim by 50 mg and phosphorus by 11 mg. A single serving of okra has 150 mg potassium and 31 mg phosphorus and is considered acceptable for a kidney diet.

Oct. 10, 2012, 9:43 AM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

mornafontaine says:


Still don't know how many grams of protein I can have?? Moderator comment: Ask your kidney doctor or dietitian. Protein is determined by your size, nutrition status, labs and stage of kidney disease. We have several articles on on diet for different stages of kidney disease.

Sep. 20, 2012, 9:53 AM - Inappropriate review?

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