Classic Shrimp Creole with Rice

Creole Shrimp
Shrimp Creole with vegetables and rice. Michael Waring / Getty Images
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
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This shrimp Creole is a classic Louisiana dish, made with a tomato-based Creole sauce with the traditional "Holy Trinity" of vegetables: onions, bell peppers, and celery.

This Creole sauce is a thickened mixture of tomato sauce, chopped vegetables, garlic, and spices. Add extra hot pepper sauce or cayenne if you like a spicier sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 lbs medium-size fresh shrimp (peeled, deveined)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1 large green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 can (8 oz)​ tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper (ground)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

How to Make It

  1. Combine oil and flour in a Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture is golden colored. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Add onion, celery, green onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, 15 minutes or more until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, the water, salt, black and red pepper, bay leaves, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  1. Add shrimp and simmer for about 10 minutes more, or until the shrimp are cooked through and turn pink. Remove the bay leaves.
  2. Stir in chopped fresh parsley and serve over hot cooked rice.

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