Shrimp Creole in a black cast iron pan with scallions for a garnish.
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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Mardi Gras Recipes, recipes with shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery about 3 small ribs
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp flour all-purpose
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes 14.5 oz, with juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce use less if you don't want it spicy, more if you like the heat
  • 1-1/2 lbs large shrimp peeled and deveined with the tails removed
  • 1 tsp Creole seasoning I used Tony Chachere's
  • 1 Tbsp green onion tops chopped, optional garnish
  • 2 cups cooked white rice cook according to the directions on the package

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, and flour; stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the shrimp to the tomato mixture. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes or just until the shrimp are cooked through.
  • Serve with white rice and if desired garnish with the chopped green onion tops.

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.
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Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 232mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1800IU | Vitamin C: 92.4mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 3.1mg