Shrimp Creole

Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds medium (28 to 34 total) raw shelled and deveined shrimp
  • ¼ cup safflower oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes undrained, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups long-grain rice cooked according to package instructions
  • Snipped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. 

  2. Heat oil in a heavy 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven. 

  3. Sauté onion, green pepper, celery and garlic for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, water, bay leaves, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Simmer for 15 minutes. 

  4. Stir in shrimp; continue to simmer until shrimp turn opaque, 3 to 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

  5. To serve, spoon shrimp Creole over cooked rice and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately. 

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