Shrimp Creole IV


Here is an easy recipe for that New Orleans favorite: shrimp in a spicy red gravy. If you already have stock on hand, its a very quick, easy meal with a huge 'wow' factor.

Prep Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 3 pounds medium shrimp - peeled, deveined and shells reserved

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 carrot, finely chopped

  • 2 strips celery, chopped

  • 4 cups water

  • cup bacon grease

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 strips celery, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 large chopped green bell pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • salt to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™), or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 4 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce

  • 1 cup chopped green onion


  1. In a medium stock pot, combine the reserved shrimp shells, 1/2 onion, 1 carrot, 2 strips celery, and 4 cups water. Simmer for 1 hour, uncovered; stirring occasionally. Strain the stock into a smaller saucepan, boil and reduce the stock to 2 cups. Remove from heat.

  2. In a heavy skillet, melt grease over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, garlic and green bell pepper; saute until soft and beginning to caramelize around the edges.

  3. Add the bay leaves, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and 2 cups reduced shrimp stock. Bring to a boil and add crushed rosemary, crushed thyme, crushed basil, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.

  4. Cover and simmer over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

  5. Add the cleaned and deveined shrimp. Stir, cover and turn off the heat. Let the shrimp sit for 15 to 20 minutes or until pink throughout. Sprinkle the green onions on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

428 Calories
18g Fat
27g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 428
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 358mg 119%
Sodium 1234mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 53mg 265%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 8mg 47%
Potassium 1036mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.