Easy Shrimp Creole with Rice

Easy Shrimp Creole – Video

Easy Shrimp Creole is a classic Louisiana recipe. It’s spicy, and has a chunky tomato mixture that coats shrimp to make a hearty meal perfect for Mardi Gras! This Cajun meal cooks in one pot and mixes all the ingredients quickly and easily.

The shrimp are simmered in a spicy tomato sauce. Serve the Shrimp Creole over white rice. Garnish with parsley and green onions.

For Mardi Gras in 2020, we made Jambalaya (https://youtu.be/XomeoU55srk) and in 2021, we made Gumbo (https://youtu.be/ofowytKVgK0). Both recipes are available on our YouTube channel and here on our recipe website.

Easy Shrimp Creole

This year, in keeping with our Mardi Gras tradition, we are making this very Easy Shrimp Creole. It’s not a difficult recipe, but it is full of flavor. And don’t forget to pick up a King Cake for your Mardi Gras celebration.

The Holy Trinity 

Celery, bell peppers, and onion are essential to creating the flavors typically found in Cajun and Creole recipes.

The Holy Trinity in the pan
The Holy Trinity in the pan

What is the difference between Easy Shrimp Creole and Shrimp Etouffee?

The main difference between Shrimp Etouffee and Easy Shrimp Creole is that shrimp etouffee, which is orangish to the brownish-colored dish, has a thicker sauce. Shrimp creole is a reddish-colored dish that has a thinner sauce.

Shrimp Added to the Easy Shrimp Creole
Shrimp Added to the Easy Shrimp Creole

What is Creole sauce made of?

You make Creole sauce with tomatoes, the Cajun holy trinity (celery, bell peppers, and onions), garlic, seasonings, and herbs. Chicken Stock is also used and seasoned with cayenne, hot sauce, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, thyme, and parsley.

Easy Shrimp Creole Mardi Gras
Easy Shrimp Creole Mardi Gras
Easy Shrimp Creole with Rice

Easy Shrimp Creole

Easy Shrimp Creole is a classic Louisiana recipe that cooks in one pot. It’s spicy, and has a chunky tomato mixture that coats shrimp to make a hearty meal perfect for Mardi Gras!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Keyword: Shrimp
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 255kcal


  • Large Pot or Dutch Oven


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bag Frozen Okra
  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined no tails
  • Your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce
  • White Rice
  • Green onions as garnish


  • In a large pan or Dutch oven add the olive oil over medium-high heat
  • Add The Holy Trinity – green bell pepper, onion, celery – and cook until tender.
    The Holy Trinity in the pan
  • Add garlic and stir for 1 minute
  • Add in tomatoes, chicken broth, chili powder, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Toss in the frozen okra
    Okra Added to Creole
  • Add shrimp and cover and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the shrimp are cooked through.
    Shrimp Added to the Easy Shrimp Creole
  • Remember to remove the bay leaves
  • Top with green onions
  • Serve with white rice and your favorite hot sauce
    Easy Shrimp Creole with Rice



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 2050mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 4.8mg
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If you like this recipe for Easy Shrimp Creole, you should try our recipe for Cajun Gumbo or also try our recipe for Easy Jambalaya. Or maybe another shrimp dish, Shrimp cooked in Beer

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