Easy Classic Shrimp Creole Recipe
Shrimp Creole is an easy, classic entrée with fresh briny shrimp cooked in a spicy sauce made with tomatoes, spices, and the holy trinity. Shrimp Creole is perfect to serve at a Mardi Gras party, a quick weeknight family dinner, or a casual dinner with friends.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 4Tbsp butterunsalted
  • 1cup chopped onions
  • 1/2cup chopped celeryabout 3 small ribs
  • 1/2cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 5cloves garlicminced
  • 2Tbsp flourall-purpose
  • 1/4tsp kosher salt
  • 1tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes14.5 oz, with juice
  • 1cup chicken brothlow sodium
  • 1tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4tsp hot sauceuse less if you don’t want it spicy, more if you like the heat
  • 1-1/2lbs large shrimppeeled and deveined with the tails removed
  • 1tsp Creole seasoningI used Tony Chachere’s
  • 1Tbsp green onion topschopped, optional garnish
  • 2cups cooked white ricecook according to the directions on the package
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and green pepper. Sauté and stir for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  2. Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, and flour; stir to combine.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat, cover pan and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  4. While the tomato sauce simmers, add the Creole seasoning to the shrimp and toss to combine. Also, this is a good time to cook your rice.
  5. Add the shrimp to the tomato mixture. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes or just until the shrimp are cooked through.
  6. Serve with white rice and if desired garnish with the chopped green onion tops.
Recipe Notes

Sharon’s expert tips:

  • Shrimp cook very quickly and will be tough if overcooked. Shrimp are done when the exterior is pink, the flesh is slightly opaque, and they form a loose “C”. Wait to add the shrimp when everything else for your meal is ready. They will continue cooking in the sauce and go from cooked to overcooked in a matter of minutes. If they form a tight “C”, they are overcooked.
  • To make Shrimp Creole ahead, make the tomato mixture as directed. Allow to cool and refrigerate covered for up to 24 hours. Before serving, bring the tomato mixture to a low boil over medium heat and add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp as directed.
  • You can substitute olive oil for the butter.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Classic Shrimp Creole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.04g
Cholesterol 232mg 77%
Sodium 800mg 33%
Potassium 154mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 36%
Vitamin C 112%
Calcium 11%
Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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