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Recipe for Easy Shrimp Creole

Easy Shrimp Creole

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creole-shrimp-recipe, easy-shrimp-creole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lbs raw medium- large shrimp (tails on or off) peeled, and deveined
  • 4 tsp Creole seasoning divided
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock or shrimp stock
  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste plus additional as needed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne adjust to taste
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • few dashes hot sauce adjust to taste
  • olive oil
  • cooked white rice for serving
  • 4 medium green onion thinly sliced


  • In a large skillet cook onion, pepper and celery with butter over medium-high heat for 5 minutes until softened and beginning to brown. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute longer. .
  • Meanwhile, in a medium-size mixing bowl toss shrimp with 2 tsp Creole seasoning. Set aside.
  • To the skillet add remaining 2 tsp Creole seasoning, chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire, paprika, salt, cayenne, bay leaves and hot sauce. Simmer uncovered on medium-low for 10 minutes to reduce slightly.
  • Heat a couple of drizzles of olive oil in a separate skillet. Add seasoned shrimp. Cook over medium-high for 1 minute or until lightly pink. Add shrimp to Creole sauce.
  • Simmer in Creole sauce for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. You may thicken sauce further adding additional tomato paste 1 Tbsp at a time.
  • Serve immediately with cooked white rice garnished with green onion.