Easy Shrimp Creole

Fresh shrimp cooked with tomatoes, green peppers, onion, and garlic – Easy Shrimp Creole can be whipped up in no time for a weeknight meal that gives you the taste of the bayou.

Easy Shrimp Creole- shrimp cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, garlic, and green pepper.

Shrimp Creole is a classic Louisiana dish, one of the easiest to make. I like to add a little bacon to my Shrimp Creole for some smokiness. I start by cooking the bacon and then using the bacon fat to saute the veggies.

Easy Shrimp Creole - shrimp cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with garlic, onion, and green peppers.

The fresher the shrimp, the better. Shrimp Creole is only as good as the shrimp you use. I would stay away from the farm-raised shrimp and either use east coast shrimp or Gulf shrimp. Since I was raised on East Coast shrimp, I prefer their taste. If you don’t live near the coast, just buy quality frozen shrimp. Most times, the shrimp in the seafood case at the store are just frozen shrimp that have been defrosted. If you buy frozen shrimp and defrost them right before cooking, they will have a fresher taste than the previously frozen ones that have been sitting in the seafood case for a day or two.

Easy Shrimp Creole - shrimp cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, celery, and green peppers.

To spice up Easy Shrimp Creole, I like to use Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning which not only adds spice, but really accentuates the flavor of your food. I was introduced to Tony Chachere’s by my college roommates who were from New Iberia, Louisiana. They put it on just about everything. Many Louisianans will tell you it is the best seasoning ever made and I tend to agree.

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Shrimp only need a few minutes to cook. Be sure not to overcook them. They should be tender and juicy, not hard and rubbery.

I sometimes like to partially make Shrimp Creole a day in advance. The flavors only get better with time. Usually I will make the sauce, refrigerate it overnight and then reheat it in a pan. Once the sauce starts to simmer, I add the shrimp in.

Serve Easy Shrimp Creole over a bed of steaming hot rice for southern comfort food at its best.

Easy Shrimp Creole- shrimp cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, garlic, and green peppers.

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Easy Shrimp Creole- shrimp cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, garlic, and green pepper.
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Easy Shrimp Creole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Fresh shrimp cooked with tomatoes, green peppers, onion, and garlic - Easy Shrimp Creole can be whipped up in no time for a weeknight meal that gives you the taste of the bayou.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 4
Calories: 260 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tony Chacheres or other Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled medium shrimp
  • rice for serving
  • green onions and chopped parsley for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large pan coated with a little oil, cook bacon until brown and crispy. Remove bacon to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil to bacon drippings. Heat over medium heat and add green pepper, onion, and celery.
  3. Cook veggies, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT shrimp, rice, green onions, and parsley. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove bay leaf and serve over rice. Top with green onion and parsley.
  7. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp is cooked, about 2 minutes. Stir in cooked bacon.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Shrimp Creole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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