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Spicy Shrimp Creole

This Shrimp Creole recipe is a classic Louisiana Creole dish featuring tender shrimp, a delicious tomato based sauce with lots of chopped veggies and the perfect amount of spice!
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 249 kcal


  • 1 ½ lbs shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 green onion bulbs sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce optional
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil extra virgin
  • Cooked and buttered white rice for serving


  • In a medium bowl, toss shrimp with a little salt, pepper, garlic powder and chipotle pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, pepper, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and season with salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle pepper and cayenne and cook until fragrant, another minute or two. Add chicken broth and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  • Add tomatoes, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 12-15 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and cook for another 10-15 minutes until thickened. Taste sauce after adding balsamic and brown sugar and add more seasoning to taste.
  • While tomato sauce is simmering, heat olive oil in a separate skillet over medium high heat. . Add seasoned shrimp shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Add cooked shrimp, green onions and hot sauce to tomato sauce, stir to combine and turn off heat. Serve shrimp creole over buttered white rice.


Nutrition facts do not include rice.


Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 25.7gProtein: 28.8gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 696mgPotassium: 1088mgFiber: 6.7gSugar: 3.6gCalcium: 152mgIron: 7mg
Keyword cajun cuisine, creole cuisine, shrimp creole, southern food
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