Shrimp Creole Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Shrimp Creole is a classic southern dish that doesn’t stray far from good taste or tradition. This spicy meal will leave anyone hungry for more due to its famous taste and classic reputation. The creole sauce makes the shrimp and the rice it’s served with, marinate in goodness.

This easy shrimp recipe definitely satisfies our cravings for comfort food. Being a southern-based meal on the spicy side, it still leaves you begging for more. If you enjoy shrimp dishes, you can try our  Bacon Wrapped ShrimpInstant Pot Shrimp Boil and PF Chang’s Crispy Honey Shrimp Copycat.

Shrimp Creole

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Shrimp Creole brings southern cuisine to any place in the world. It’s the perfect dish when you’re looking to satisfy your seafood cravings on a budget. Many different types of seafood can be expensive, so finding different dishes involving shrimp keeps your wallet and your stomach happy.

I really enjoy making this dish because of the kick it has. The creole seasoning in combination with the steamed vegetables and garlic will never disappoint.  I love eating this because of how many varying ingredients and delicious combination of things is going on. It’s so good you will want to tell everyone about this recipe!

This recipe is great for leftovers as well because it will turn out just as delicious as the night before. Not to mention the fact that it is incredibly easy to reheat and store too!

Shrimp Creole

What is Shrimp Creole?

Shrimp Creole originated in Louisiana. It is a dish that has shrimp and is served with rice and a creole tomato sauce. The creole sauce includes bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomato all cooked up with several added spices. It resembles a thick and flavorful, shrimp stew.

What is the difference between etouffee and shrimp creole?

Etouffee typically has a thicker sauce and a different base of the creole.  A creole also typically is redder while the etouffee is more orange-brown. In addition, creole’s added tomatoes instead of roux for their base.

What goes with shrimp creole?

Traditionally, this dish is served over rice. The rice is a blanket for all the delicious flavors you can find in the sauce. I really enjoy eating it with a side salad or some type of vegetables. I prefer eating it with any non-cooked vegetable.

It’s nice to eat it with a refreshing salad with some cucumber or lettuce.

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Can shrimp creole be frozen?

Shrimp is great for freezing. Seeing that shrimp only lasts a few days in the refrigerator freezing is a great option if you want to save your dish for a later time. To freeze, add it to an airtight container or add to freezer-safe bags.

Also, make sure no air gets into the container or the freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.

How to reheat it?

  • If frozen, first thaw in the fridge.
  • Reheat it in the microwave by using a microwave-safe dish and plastic wrap.
  • Once thawed, sauté it in a pan with the sauce.
  • Similarly, put the shrimp is an aluminum tray or Dutch oven, heat in the oven or on the stove.

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5 from 9 reviews
Shrimp Creole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil 
  • 1  medium sweet onion  (diced)
  • 5 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1  green bell pepper  (diced)
  • 1  red bell pepper  (diced)
  • 1  celery stalk  (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon  tomato paste 
  • 2 cans  (14.5 oz each) stewed tomatoes 
  • 1 can  (8 oz) tomato sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce  (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons  hot sauce  (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon  Creole seasoning  (or Cajun seasoning)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes  (optional)
  • 2 pounds  shrimp  (peeled and deveined)

Instructions

  1. lace a large cast iron pan, or better a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oil and wait for it to heat up.
  3. Add diced onion and garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add diced bell peppers and celery. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes. Until the peppers start to softer.
  5. Add the stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce if using. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the Creole seasoning, dried thyme, add salt and pepper to taste. Add red pepper flakes for a spicier kick. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  7. Add raw shrimp, stir and cook for another 7-10 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through.
  8. Taste the sauce and adjust for salt, pepper and spiciness.
  9. Serve over rice and garnish with chopped parsley or green onions.
Calories: 297 Carbohydrates: 22 Protein: 34 Fat: 8 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 381 Sodium: 2436 Potassium: 994 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 14 Vitamin A: 1835 Vitamin C: 73.7 Calcium: 297 Iron: 6.8
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Candy

Now here is a dish my husband could really get into enjoying brill make this for him soon 

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cait

this will be on my list to make next week for my family! we love anything shrimp related and this looks easy to do!

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Teresa

My husband loves this cuisine so much, but I have yet to master the recipes. THis one looks totally doable for me though.

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Jeanette

I have never made any kind of Creole before, Mostly because I thought it was difficult to do. I will definitely be trying this and I am pretty sure everybody in my family will like it.

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Sarah Bailey

OK now this sounds absolutely delicious - I have to admit I love finding new ideas of ways to use shrimp, this is something I will definitely try!

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Amber Myers

My kids and husband love their shrimp, so they'd be fans of this for sure. It looks like a tasty dish to have at dinner!

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Marcie W.

Super flavorful comfort food? Yes, please! This tasty meal idea would be wonderful on a cold winter evening.

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Tasheena

I've never made shrimp creole before. This recipe looks amazing and super simple to make. 

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Beth

I love shrimp pretty much any way it is prepared! This looks delicious!

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Pam

Shrimp is hands down one of my favorite proteins to play with. This shrimp creole looks absolutely delicious.

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Heather

While I'm a huge fan of shrimp, I'm not a huge fan of spice, so creole and cajun has never been something I've eaten much of.

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Heather

This definitely looks good. I think it has Louisiana written all over it. For my husband, I would have to try to eliminate some spices. He doesn't like a lot of spicy foods, but I'm sure he'd love the other flavors this dis has in it.

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Terri

We love creole food but it has been a very long time since I have made or eaten it. This looks so good!!

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Kathy

This looks like an amazing recipe. I'm not the biggest fan of shrimp though, but I do love a spicy dish. I'd love to give this a try though.

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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

This looks like an amazing recipe. My daughter and husband have been on a shrimp kick, so I'll have to make this.

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Swathi

That is delicious shrimp creole, I love Louisiana cuisine a lot this one is perfect treat. I am going to try for this weekend.

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Cathy Mini

Looks so delicious i will make this cos my husband love seafood for sure he will love this.

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Debbie Heger

I made this recipe for a Mardi Gras party/potluck and it was a huge success!  I served it over white rice and everyone said it was delicious.  Every bit was gone by the end of the evening.  This is a great recipe and I have several requests for it.  Oh, one more thing, I did use a good cerole seasoning but did not add the hot sauce or red pepper flakes.  It was plenty spicy without these two items.

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Loni Evans

This turned out very good. We added fish into the recipe.

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