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Shrimp Creole. A flavorful dish of shrimp, tomatoes, onions, celery, bell pepper and seasonings served over rice.
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4.41 from 5 votes

Shrimp Creole

This dish is slam full of vegetables and is just as nutritious as it is delicious.


  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp shell on
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning homemade or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease or cooking oil
  • 2 medium or 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 3 to 4 celery stalks diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder


  • Peel shrimp and reserves shells.
  • Toss peeled shrimp with one teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and place in refrigerator.
  • Place shrimp shells in a small saucepan and cover with one quart of water and stir in kosher salt.Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Heat bacon grease in a large skillet. Add onion, celery and bell pepper and cook on medium heat until vegetables are soft and volume has reduced by half, stirring as needed.
  • Strain shrimp shells from liquid and add liquid to softened vegetables.
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates.
  • Add seasoned shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp turns pink.
  • Taste for seasoning before serving and adjust as needed.
  • Serve over rice. Garnish with celery leaves.
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