Shrimp creole
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5 from 2 votes

Shrimp Creole

This classic Louisianna dish is so easy to prepare and full of great flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time42 mins
Total Time47 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal, shrimp creole, shrimp with tomato pepper sauce
Servings: 2
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 stick celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter 30g, approx
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes 240ml
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup shrimp stock 120ml
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 3/4 lb shrimp 340g, peeled and deveined
  • hot sauce to taste


  • Cut the onion, pepper and celery in a small dice and finely dice or crush the garlic.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the onion, celery and pepper until soft, around 5-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic as the vegetables are relatively soft and cook a minute longer.
  • Add the tomato, tomato paste, stock, Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, oregano, thyme, pepper, bay leaf and cayenne pepper. Leave to reduce a little, around 8-10 minutes.
  • Once reduced, add the shrimp and push them into the sauce, turning as needed so they cook evenly.
  • Cook until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Remove the bay leaf, season with hot sauce to taste and serve.


Note - rather than buying shrimp stock, you can easily make it yourself by buying shell on shrimp and peeling them, then simmering them (ideally with a few vegetable scraps like the onion peel and end of celery while making the rest of the dish). Even simmering just around 10 minutes gives a good flavor.


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 459mg | Sodium: 2253mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 18.8% | Vitamin C: 59.6% | Calcium: 32.8% | Iron: 31.4%