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This Shrimp Creole is a delicious yet easy and elegant meal! Scrumptious shrimp in a flavorful sauce, my family shrimp creole recipe is a definite favorite!

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This Shrimp Creole is absolutely scrumptious and the best I’ve ever had. My family recipe makes an easy meal for weeknights and is perfect for entertaining guests too. It’s full of shrimp, has a slightly spicy sauce and is always a favorite dish!

Shrimp Creole Recipe

Shrimp Creole has always been one of my favorite suppers since I was a teenager. You know, back in the days of super teased, big hair that didn’t move in the breeze. That just tells you how long I’ve loved this delicious dish!

Mama would make her shrimp creole for us on a regular basis. I was always excited to hear she was making this for supper. It was always spicy and flavorful and absolutely delicious.

I remember the first time I made it for my own family. They absolutely loved it too – let’s just say that big, steaming pan full of shrimp creole deliciousness got rave reviews.

I’m excited for you to try this! Here’s how I make it.

Select the Shrimp

Wild-caught or farm-raised. First, a note about shrimp. I prefer to use wild-caught shrimp over farm-raised shrimp. It can be fresh or frozen, but I always personally look for wild-caught shrimp.

Fresh or frozen. If your shrimp is frozen, you will need to thaw it before cooking this dish. To thaw it overnight, just place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator to thaw. If you didn’t think about thawing shrimp the night before, it’s still easy to thaw before cooking. Just place the frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water for about 10-20 minutes until thawed. Then drain the shrimp and proceed with the recipe. You’ll want to keep your thawed shrimp in the fridge until time to add it to the recipe.

How to Make Shrimp Creole

To make this Shrimp Creole, add oil to a medium skillet or saute pan and place pan over medium heat. Cook the onions and celery until tender, but not brown. Then add garlic, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to the cooked onions and celery and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.

Next, add the shrimp and sliced green peppers to the pan. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes until shrimp is cooked. Once done, remove from heat and serve.

This is delicious served over cooked rice.

Here’s Mama’s Shrimp Creole recipe. I think you’ll love it, too!

4.50 from 2 votes

Shrimp Creole Recipe

Dinner 1 hr

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Servings 6 -8
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Shrimp Creole makes an easy and delicious meal. Made of shrimp, spices, onions and peppers, shrimp creole is a family favorite!


  • 12 ounces shrimp cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 28- ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 green pepper sliced


  • Thaw shrimp, if frozen.
  • Add oil to a medium skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Cook onions and celery in oil until tender, but not browned. Add garlic, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to the cooked onions and celery and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and green pepper. Cover and simmer for five minutes.


Shrimp Creole is delicious served over cooked rice.

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  1. I made this last night and it came out really good. I wish the recipe included a picture of what the sauce looks like after 45 minutes of stewing. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you.

  2. 4 stars
    Read the April 2015 Consumer’s Report before you purchase shrimp…then only buy shrimp from the US and Canada and not farmed shrimp from Asia. Read the article and you will see why! US and Canadian wild shrimp is best ~ a bit pricier but worth the extra cost when you read about the health risks.

  3. 5 stars
    Could I use celery seed instead of celery stalks? Making it today and do not have any celery.
    Thank you,

    1. I haven’t used celery seed in this recipe. You can omit the celery if you don’t have it. Hope you enjoy!

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