Cajun Beaver Gumbo - KNEP - Kentucky Nutrition Education Program


Cajun Beaver Gumbo

Servings:15Serving Size:1 1/2 cups


  • 2 1/4 pounds cubed beaver meat-
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 medium white onions, diced
  • 12 ounces turkey smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 6-ounce can no-salt­added tomato paste
  • 1 quart reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 quarts water


  1. Wash hands with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, especially after handling raw meat.
  2. Wash,peppers, celery, and onion under running water before cutting.
  3. Season beaver meat with pepper and ½ teaspoon garlic powder.
  4. Heat ¼ cup oil in a 6-quart nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Brown the beaver meat in batches, turning to brown all sides. Add the remaining oil as needed to prevent the meat from sticking to the pot.
  5. Remove beaver from the pot and-set-aside. Leave any remaining oil in the pot.
  6. Reduce heat to medium. Add any remaining oil and the flour to the pot, stirring well with a wooden spoon. Cook and stir until the mixture is about the color of peanut butter, about 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat if needed to prevent burning the flour mixture.
  7. Add peppers, celery, and onion to the pot, and stir until the vegetables b:gin t9 soften.
  8. Return cooked beaver to the pot.
  9. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  10. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours. Divide leftovers into smaller containers to allow quick cooling.
Source: Cook Wild Kentucky Project


Serve over cooked rice.

270 calories; 14g total fat; l.Sg saturated fat; Og trans fat; 20mg cholesterol; 260mg sodium; 13g total carbohydrate; 2g dietary fiber; 4g sugars; Og added sugars; 23g protein; 0% Daily Value of vitamin D; 4% Daily Value of calcium; 35% Daily Value of iron; 10% Daily Value of potassium.