While YROC (York River Oyster Company) Coastal Bar and Grill has been around Gloucester, Virginia for quite some time, it was Bryce Moretti who gave it fresh life. Reimagined in 2020 by Bryce, it’s since been the buzz of the town (and the only waterfront dining experience in the coastal Gloucester county.
Quite frankly, it’s hard to find a dish you won’t enjoy at this waterfront eatery.
Including this one from Chef Ryan: Oyster Gumbo with Gumbo Filé.
Try out this recipe to elevate your seafood-at-home game!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
For the Gumbo Filé:
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Heat stock pot on medium-high.
Add butter and start to cook off diced celery, green peppers, onion, jalapeños, Anaheim pepper and sliced andouille.
Cook until tender and translucent
Add AP flour and start to cook off a roux til golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
Add stewed tomatoes, vegetable/seafood/chicken stock, okra and Gumbo filé.
Let simmer for about 20-minutes and allow to thicken a bit, then add the shucked oysters with oyster liquor. “It is important to do this at the end so the oyster remains tender.”
Serve in a bowl over white or brown rice (cooked) and enjoy! For a fun twist, serve over golden crispy French fries to make Oyster Gumbo Fries!