Shrimp Creole is a fast and easy recipe great to spice up a busy weeknight OR to serve when entertaining.
Though I always love great food, I am passionate about creating fast, easy meals that don’t require hours in the kitchen.
Today’s recipe for Shrimp Creole is no exception. I even have a TRICK to prepare it in approximately two 15 minute sessions over two days!
The hearty Louisiana dish of thick, spicy tomato-based sauce and loads of perfectly cooked shrimp is definitely a recipe to keep on the dinner menu rotation.
What IS Shrimp Creole?
Shrimp Creole is a recipe that originates from the Louisiana Creole cuisine which is a combination of French and Spanish background.
Shrimp are cooked in a sauce made of tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery with loads of earthy spices giving it some heat!
Shrimp Creole is served over prepared rice and can be a one pot easy dinner recipe!
I love the relaxed vibe of the recipe, making for a casual but delicious dinner recipe. True confessions? My son ate a big portion for breakfast the following day too.
A Tip For Making Shrimp Creole EVEN Faster
The ingredients in the Shrimp Creole are mainly spices so if the ingredient list looks long it’s not going to take you preparation time.
The only real prep is chopping some vegetables (which doesn’t feel like prep to me because I always throw them into my mini chopper), Italian Parsley, slicing some scallions.
If you want to make it even quicker,you can prepare the sauce the night before you are serving the meal, refrigerate it, bring it back to a simmer the day of serving it and cook the shrimp.
That leaves you with a very short lead time to heat, finish and serve the dish for a memorable dinner!
The thick spicy sauce is rich with flavor and a slow heat that follows each bite. It’s not overly spicy but just enough to give the recipe some character. Shrimp cook so quickly and should never be over cooked or they will become rubbery.
What to Serve with Shrimp Creole
In my opinion, Shrimp Creole is a perfect one recipe meal. The spicy sauce with vegetables, loads of shrimp, over rice cover all the based.
I would suggest some crusty bread to sop up some of the sauce. And if you would like something else with the meal, a cool salad of dressed greens would be a nice complement to the spicy main dish.
What Wine Goes with Shrimp Creole
When eating a spicy recipe like Shrimp Creole a sweeter, chilled wine is the ticket. A sparkling wine or champagne, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir or a Spanish Rose would all be great choices.
Is Shrimp Creole Gluten-Free?
This recipe for Shrimp Creole is naturally gluten-free. Always check the ingredients in any recipe before making it to verify the gluten-free status.
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How to Make Shrimp Creole – Step by Step:
If in a time pinch the recipe may be split into two parts. Prepare steps 1 and 2 then cover and refrigerate overnight. The day of serving, bring the sauce back up to a simmer and complete step 3.
Spicy Shrimp Creole
Spicy Shrimp Creole is a quick dinner recipe for a busy weeknight as well as a great option to serve to guests.
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup chopped Yellow Onion
- 1 cup chopped Celery
- 1 cup chopped Green Pepper
- 1 tablespoon diced Garlic
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried Thyme
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 2 teaspoons Louisiana Hot Sauce or Tabasco (add 1 teaspoon, taste after simmering and add another teaspoon if desired)
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tablespoons diced fresh Italian Parsley
- 1 28- ounces Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 15- ounces Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup Chicken Stock (can substitute shrimp or seafood stock if desired)
- 2 ½ pounds Shrimp , peeled and deviened
- 6 cups prepared Long Grain White Rice
- Garnish: diced fresh Italian Parsley , sliced green onions (scallions)
- In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery and green pepper and cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to turn translucent (5-6 minutes).
- Add the garlic and stir to lightly cook for 30 seconds. Add the cayenne pepper, bay leaves, salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, tomatoes, tomato sauce and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally to ensure the shrimp are coated with sauce, until the shrimp is opaque/pink and cooked through (about 7 minutes). Serve over prepared rice.