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Quick Shrimp Creole

My mother made shrimp Creole when I was growing up, so I’ve carried on the family tradition. For extra kick, pass the Louisiana hot sauce. —Gina Norton, Wonder Lake, IL
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • Louisiana-style hot sauce, optional


  • Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, peppers and celery; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in flour, oregano, pepper and salt until blended. Stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5-8 minutes or until flavors are blended, stirring occasionally.
  • Add shrimp; cook, covered, 4-5 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally. Serve with rice and, if desired, hot sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup shrimp mixture with 2/3 cup rice (calculated without hot sauce): 356 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • Jay
    Nov 21, 2020

    Good, easy to make. Needs a little more zip. Next time I'll try adding a bit of Old Bay seasoning. Wasn't crazy of the texture of the instant brown rice, either yellow rice or pasta, maybe orzo.

  • kathie615
    Sep 25, 2020

    This was SO GOOD! Okay, I'll admit that I did make one addition - a teaspoon of creole seasoning for some kick - but other than that I made it as written. I couldn't believe how good it turned out in such a short period of time. My husband couldn't stop eating it and said if I'd make it once a week, he'd be happy. He did suggest I add some smoked sausage the next time I make it but that's just a personal preference for him.

  • MarthaMyDear6
    Sep 17, 2020

    This sounds delicious! Am going to make this evening for dinner. I’ll probably add some Creole seasoning to taste. Thanks for sharing Gina!!!

  • barkerc1980
    Nov 5, 2017

    This was ok as it was, but we felt it was missing something. I ended up for one doubling it to feed my family of 6, however sticking with the original pound of shrimp and using a pound of boneless skinless chicken, since seafood can be rather expensive here in the Midwest. Then I also added about a tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning and about a teaspoon of cyanne pepper (for the recipe as is without being doubled I would use about 1 and a half teaspoons Old Bay and 1/2 teaspoons of cyanne or more our less to suit your taste) it was excellent with the added spices and even with doubling the recipe there weren't any leftovers. Thanks!