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How to Make a Roux for Gumbo

Learn How to Make a Roux for gumbo to achieve the best rich Cajun flavor. Stir this into recipes like cheese sauce for mac and cheese, or gravy to top biscuits.

Course Dinner, lunch, sauce, Soup
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 127 kcal


  • ½ cup butter or oil*
  • ½ cup flour all purpose*


  1. Place a saucepan, skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
  2. Add ½ cup of butter or oil. If using butter, let it melt completely and wait for it to start sizzling slightly.

White Roux:

  1. Sprinkle in ½ cup of flour and begin stirring immediately. Keep stirring constantly to prevent it from burning. (This stage is great to use as a thickener for soups and sauces.)

Blonde Roux:

  1. The roux will start to thin out slightly after a few minutes and you can slow down how often you’re stirring it.
  2. After 3-5 minutes you will have what’s called a blonde roux. (This can be used to make creamy and lightly-colored sauces such as a bechamel or a sausage gravy.)

Light Brown Roux:

  1. To get a darker colored roux continue cooking it for another 5-25 minutes.
  2. After 10-15 minutes of cooking you will have a light brown roux.

Dark Brown Roux:

  1. Continue cooking for a total of 25-30 minutes, to get a dark brown roux. (This is perfect for a homemade gumbo recipe!)

  2. Store any leftover roux in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Be careful if using a gluten-free substitute as these do not thicken up as easily as regular flour.
  • To Store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • To Freeze: Seal in a freezer-safe airtight container in small increments for up to 1 year.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make a Roux for Gumbo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.