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New Orleans Shrimp Creole with Rice


One of the classic recipes for Creole food in New Orleans is Shrimp Creole. This easy to fix recipe is a staple in homes and restaurants all over New Orleans because it feeds the whole family and is typical of New Orleans "comfort food".

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 Large Fresh Tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 3 lbs. shrimp, peeled, raw
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 cups of shrimp stock
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic


Make shrimp stock by boiling shrimp peels and head (if you have them) and all vegetable pairings for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve. Make a dark roux with the flour and oil. Add onions and cook until caramelized. Add celery and bell pepper. Add diced tomatoes. Cook together for 5 minutes. Add herbs and shrimp stock. Add garlic and simmer 10 minutes. Add shrimp and green onions. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook 5 to 8 minutes. Serve over rice.
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