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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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I’ve got a bit of something spicy to share with you – and I think you will love it!

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.
  • Salt
  • 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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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!

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 tastes delicious when served over cooked rice.
Prepare the shrimp creole and allow it to cool. Cover tightly with wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, remove from the refrigerator and reheat gently in a saucepan to 165 F. 
Freezer Friendly
Transfer any leftovers to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat gently in a saucepan to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 
*It is not advised to reheat in the microwave as the shrimp may turn tough and rubbery. It is best to reheat gently in a saucepan. 

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Recipe Review


  1. Is that raw shrimp you’re putting in there? It looks cooked on my monitor. Just want to make sure before I ruin it. 🙂

    1. You can use either pre-cooked or raw, the cooking times in the recipe are for raw.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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 . . .

  4. Wow, that looks incredible!!! I am on a shrimp kick lately – I already made your shrimp lettuce wraps! This looks delicious!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. I love your recipes and have cooked quite a few. I am anxious to try your Shrimp Creole recipe that sounds great!