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This Shrimp Creole recipe is a delicious yet easy and elegant meal! Scrumptious shrimp in a flavorful sauce with peppers, onions, and spices.
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This Shrimp Creole is scrumptious, simple to make, and the best I’ve ever had. My family recipe makes an easy meal for weeknights and is perfect for entertaining guests. It’s full of shrimp, has a slightly spicy sauce, and is always a favorite dish whenever I serve it!
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!
I was always excited to hear when Mama made her shrimp creole for supper. It was always spicy, flavorful, and delicious.
I remember the first time I made it for my own family. They loved it, too – that aromatic, steaming pan full of shrimp creole deliciousness got rave reviews and is one of my family’s favorites now too.
I can’t wait for you to try it!
How to Make Shrimp Creole
To make it, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Shrimp – I prefer to use wild-caught shrimp over farm-raised shrimp. If the shrimp is frozen, it needs to be thawed before cooking. It can be thawed overnight by placing it in the refrigerator. It can also be thawed before cooking by placing frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water for about 10-20 minutes until thawed. Then drain the shrimp and proceed with the recipe. Keep the thawed shrimp in the fridge until time to add shrimp to the recipe. Shrimp needs to be cleaned before cooking as well.
- Olive oil
- Onion, celery, and garlic – Use chopped onion and celery and minced garlic.
- Diced tomatoes – I use a can of petite diced tomatoes.
- Worcestershire sauce – you can also substitute coconut aminos.
- Chili powder – There is a small amount of chili powder in the recipe, but gives a delicious spiciness to the dish.
- Green pepper – Cut the pepper into long slices.
Cook the creole sauce. 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.
Add the shrimp and green peppers. Next, add the shrimp and sliced green peppers to the pan. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked.
Serve and enjoy. Once done, remove from heat and serve. It is delicious served over cooked rice.
How to Store, Make Ahead, and Freeze Shrimp Creole
To store. Cook and cool. Cover with wrap or place in an airtight storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To make ahead. Prepare the dish and allow it to cool. Then cover tightly with wrap or place in an airtight container and refrigerate. To serve, remove and reheat gently in a saucepan to 165 degrees. I do not advise reheating in the microwave as shrimp can get a rubbery texture if overcooked.
To freeze. Transfer any leftovers to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat gently, and serve.
Here’s Mama’s Shrimp Creole recipe. I think you’ll love it, too!
Shrimp Creole Recipe
- 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.
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already cooked shrimp? or raw? this looks fabulous!
Thanks. Raw shrimp.
Looks delicious! I might just make this and eat it all myself!
My grandmother used to make this for us all the time too. I miss it.
Is that raw shrimp you’re putting in there? It looks cooked on my monitor. Just want to make sure before I ruin it. 🙂
You can use either pre-cooked or raw, the cooking times in the recipe are for raw.
Teased hair not required? darn
Love shrimp creole (even though I always have to say it in my best Bubba from Forrest Gump voice) This looks wonderful 🙂
I haven’t had a good creole in a long while…this looks perfect.
YUMMMM, my mom used to make Shrimp Creole, I haven’t had it in years!! Thanks Robyn!
again i discover i am a deprived woman . . . not a single butter bean has passed my lips nor hush puppy and now we can add shrimp creole to the list . . . how in the heck have i survived all these years . . . and for the record, my hair was never jacked-to-Jesus . . . but i did have a pair of white Go-Go boots . . .
I adore shrimp creole! Can’t *wait* to try this recipe!
Wow, that looks incredible!!! I am on a shrimp kick lately – I already made your shrimp lettuce wraps! This looks delicious!
To freeze and reheat what are the instructions?
I always make it the same day as serving, Nicole.
I want to take the creole to a family gathering. Can I make and freeze ahead?
Drooling over this right now! Yes, please!
Holy Moly I am seriously all over this!
DELICIOUS! This is such a great recipe!
Whoa this is putting me in the mood to add a little delicious zing to my life—-I love it!!
I haven’t heard of this before, but I love shrimp so I need to give it a try.
Hi, willing to try this recipe. Should I use the the leafy part or the greens for celery?
Delicious, but not 6-8 servings.
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.
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.
Thanks, Kathryn! I agree and definitely use wild caught shrimp over farm-raised!
Aldi carries wild caught shrimp from Texas …very reasonable !
We love this recipe , also add smoked sausage !!
Can this recipe be cooked in Air-Fryer. If so, what settings?
Could I use celery seed instead of celery stalks? Making it today and do not have any celery.
I haven’t used celery seed in this recipe. You can omit the celery if you don’t have it. Hope you enjoy!
I love your recipes and have cooked quite a few. I am anxious to try your Shrimp Creole recipe that sounds great!
I hope you enjoy this shrimp creole, Dorothy. We love it at our house.