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If you’re going to make this recipe on the stove top, start by browning the sea bass in a large saucepan and transfer it to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the onions, peppers, and celery, and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add the browned fish, tomatoes, broth, and bay leaves into the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let this stand and cook for about 30 minutes. Add the shrimp just a few minutes before you plan on serving the gumbo. Simply add them to the stew and cook for 3-4 minutes until they are opaque throughout. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve warm.