Authentic Louisiana shrimp creole in a white bowl with a spoon.

Easy Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole is a Louisiana classic recipe that starts with the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper, and celery, is spiced with a bit of hot sauce, and then served over a bed of rice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Cajun
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 255 kcal
Author London


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • ½ sweet onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 15-oz. can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ¾ tsp. blackened seasoning or Cajun seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 - 1 ¼ lb. shrimp peeled, deveined, 20-24 count
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce Louisiana style
  • Rice or cauliflower rice optional
  • Fresh parsley optional


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat add oil, onion, bell pepper, and celery. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add crushed garlic and continue sautéing for 1 minute.
  2. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, blackened seasoning, salt, and bay leaves. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Bring ingredients to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together starch and water until well combined.
  5. When done simmering, remove bay leaves from pot and stir in starch-water slurry.
  6. Add shrimp, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Continue simmering, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.
  7. Serve shrimp creole over rice or cauliflower rice with fresh parsley and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Shrimp Creole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 2050mg 85%
Potassium 687mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 15.3%
Vitamin C 54.5%
Calcium 23.4%
Iron 26.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.