Shrimp Creole


It was only a matter of time before my Cajun, deep-southern husband had me craving creole, gumbo and jambalaya.  I first had Shrimp Creole at the Cheesecake Factory awhile back and I’ve been craving it ever since.  I loved the combination of tastes from the shrimp, vegetables and brown rice that it was served on. It was delicious! And fairly healthy for a southern dish. I decided to recreate it Monday night in our own kitchen to celebrate Bry’s first real day at his new job (the last 2 weeks he was out of town for training–Monday he worked at his own hospital).  Bry gave it two thumbs up so I feel confident enough to share it with y’all. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Shrimp Creole

Serves 4

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp of all purpose flour (for gluten-free sub 1 tsp corn starch)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1lb of medium sized shrimp
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add bell pepper and celery and saute 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add onion and garlic and saute until tender.
  4. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover & simmer 20 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  6. Mix flour and water.
  7. Add to vegetable mixture and cook 5 minutes.
  8. Lightly coat shrimp with cajun seasoning and add to vegetable mixture.
  9. Add Worcestershire sauce, chopped parsley and hot sauce (if desired). Stir and cook another 5 minutes or until shrimp is fully cooked.
  10. Remove from heat and serve over brown rice. Enjoy!

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