Are you looking for a great shrimp creole recipe? Easy & delicious is what I call this shrimp creole recipe.
I first fell in love with Shrimp Creole when I tasted it at a Bennigan’s Restaurant (of all places) back in the late 1980s and then again and again during visits to New Orleans.
The combination of chopped onions, peppers and celery is called the “holy trinity” of creole cooking. These three ingredients are used again and again, for good reason.
There are so many great easy shrimp recipes that originated in the south – shrimp gumbo, shrimp jambalaya, shrimp and grits, shrimp pie, pickled shrimp, shrimp thermidor and of course shrimp creole. (Did you know that shrimp was so plentiful in the southern coastal regions, it was often even served for breakfast?)
If you’re a fan of shrimp dishes and creole and cajun food, I hope this shrimp creole recipe, easy and delicious, is one you enjoy as much as I have.
Since joining Weight Watchers, I now make a lighter healthier version that I call Skinny Shrimp Creole that’s just as tasty as the original, but with fewer calories and less fat.
Easy Shrimp Creole Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
The recipe calls for file powder which is just dried and pulverized sassafras leaves. It is used for both flavor and thickening, but if you don’t have it, you can leave it out. It will still be good.
2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 dried bay leaves
1 teaspoon file powder (optional)
2 cups hot cooked rice, for serving
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Cook the onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, braking up any large pieces, tomato sauce, salt, paprika, cayenne and bay leaves. Heat to boiling, then lower the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the file powder, if using, and the shrimp and heat back up to boiling and then lower the eat to medium. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the bay leave. Serve the shrimp mixture over rice.
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 375 calories, 9.1 g fat, 36.3 g carbs, 3.7 g fiber, 36.2 g protein and 9 WW PointsPlus Value
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