Easy Shrimp Creole

This delicious shrimp creole is one of my favorite recipes from growing up. A New Orleans classic, it is the ultimate one pot meal.  Perfect for entertaining, special occasions or just everyday!  Shrimp are simmered in a tomato sauce with the Holy Trinity of vegetables: onion, green bell pepper and celery and served over rice.  This dish just gets better with time so making it the night before is always a good idea.

On the Mediterranean diet, it is recommended to eat two servings of seafood per week. Seafood like shrimp is a lean source of protein, low in saturated fat and a great source of micronutrients like selenium and iodine.

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Shrimp, Seafood, Dinner, Summer, Spring, Quick & Easy, One Pot, Bowls
Course Dinner, Quick & Easy
Servings 4
Cuisine Mediterranean, Mediterranean Diet
Diet Gluten Free


  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of white flour or gluten-free substitute
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 8oz tomato sauce
  • 3 bay leaves crushed
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • *water or chicken stock
  • Garnish: green onions, parsley, tabasco sauce


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add onion, green pepper, celery, garlic and brown slowly. Add flour and continue cooking until brown.
  •  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, white pepper, thyme, parsley and salt. Cover and cook slowly for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.   You may need to add a little water or chicken broth to thin to desired consistency - about ½ cup. 
  • Add the shrimp to sauce and continue to cook for 10 -15 minutes more. 
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onions, parsley and tabasco sauce.
  • Enjoy!
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