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Easy Keto-Friendly Greens Gumbo

I decided to try the viral greens gumbo. As a New Orleans gal, I’m always leery of what people call gumbo, however I love turnip greens and have made them in a way that can be easy to convert to gumbo. Essentially the dish becomes a more bright and meaty turnip greens dish.

This can be eaten with or without rice. A great substitute for rice was a slice of Keto bread to get that same sense of fullness and satisfaction.

Traditional gumbo 

A traditional gumbo is often made with a roux (pronounced rue) which is browned flour and either oil or butter that is used to thicken the broth. Given I wanted this to be keto-friendly, this was easy to eliminate and ensure flavor came from other sources like starting a broth from smoked turkey legs.

Growing up there were typically two types of gumbo: chicken and sausage or seafood. The seafood variety could include any combination of shrimp,crabmeat, blue crab, oysters and crawfish, depending on who was cooking it.

Check out the recipe below to try make this viral greens gumbo your own. For video walk-through, check out the posting on Instagram or TikTok.

Greens Gumbo Recipe


  • .75 lb smoked turkey legs (~ 2 legs)
  • 6 cups fresh turnip greens (~ 2 bundles)
  • 14oz smoke sausage of choice
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp
  • 2 cups, diced onion
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups, chicken broth
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp coarse, black pepper
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder


  1. Rinse and soak turnip greens in cold water.
  2. Bring water to boil in a medium to large pot and add turkey legs. Boil for 1 hour. 
  3. After the hour, remove half of the water to reduce salt, and add in 2 cups of fresh water.
  4. Dice the onion and slice the turnip greens.
  5. Add to the pot, ad and seasonings, and let boil for another hour on medium to low heat.
  6. Start to break the turkey off the bone, remove bone, skin and gristle.
  7. Sliced sausage and add into pot. Let that boil for 15 to 20 minutes, and then add in shrimp. 
  8. Season shrimp, lightly with old bay, garlic, and onion powder and pepper. Let cook for five minutes and turn off heat.
  9. Enjoy!