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.


Easy Shrimp Creole

Shrimp, Seafood, Dinner, Summer, Spring, Quick & Easy, One Pot, Bowls
  • Author: claire
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


  • 12 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


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil.  Add onion, green pepper, celery, garlic and brown slowly. Add flour and continue cooking until brown.
  2.  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. 
  3. Add the shrimp to sauce and continue to cook for 10 -15 minutes more. 
  4. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions, parsley and tabasco sauce.
  5. Enjoy!

Keywords: Shrimp, Seafood, Dinner, Summer, Spring, Quick & Easy, One Pot, Bowls, Mediterranean, Mediterranean diet

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