There are three key elements to the best gumbo–an excellent seafood stock, a solid brick roux, and quality ingredients to go into it–fresh seafood when possible, okra in season, and so on. While you may sometimes have to make due with frozen or out-of-season ingredients, the stock, roux, and giving the gumbo the time it needs to develop flavor will still always give you incredible results.
Seafood stock, like bone broth, is a unique mix of of seemingly strange ingredients, a devotion to wasting nothing, and a rich result. Packed with umami, seafood stocks are fast to make, use few ingredients, and those ingredients are ones that are not only cheap, but would normally be thrown away or disregarded by our modern Western food culture.
This recipe aims to inject as much flavor into your stock as possible, with the added bonus of using ingredients that normally would be considered trash, wasting nothing.