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Easy Shrimp Creole For One

This is the easiest Shrimp Creole recipe! A classic Louisiana dish made with garlic, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Based on my family's recipe, this New Orleans favorite will soon become a favorite of yours too!

A closeup of a bowl of shrimp creole over white rice

It seems as though I've been sharing shrimp recipe after shrimp recipe with you lately. I can't help myself, the shrimp in our local grocery stores have been big and beautiful and absolutely perfect for adding to recipes. This incredibly flavorful, easy to make shrimp creole recipe is our latest seafood recipe and I'm excited to share it with you today.

I'm originally from New Orleans and eating seafood several times a week isn't a strange thing. In fact, I could probably enjoy a new seafood meal every single night of the week.

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When I travel back to Louisiana, I always enjoy indulging in a few of my favorite meals. This shrimp creole recipe is very reminiscent of the dish I enjoyed back home.

Shrimp creole is a tomato-based dish that's slightly spicy and incredibly delicious. It's made with the holy trinity of vegetables which consists of onions, celery, and bell peppers and is usually served over white rice.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Although shrimp creole sounds fancy and perhaps a bit gourmet, it's incredibly easy to make.
  • The flavors are totally reminiscent of the shrimp creole I enjoy when I go back to Louisiana.
  • This recipe yields the perfect amount for one or possibly two people.
A bowl of shrimp creole over white rice

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Butter: I use salted butter to cook the vegetables.
  • Onions, green bell pepper, and celery: This trio is known as the "trinity of vegetables" and is the base of most savory Cajun and Creole dishes. It is similar to a French mirepoix which consists of onions, celery, and carrots.
  • Garlic: I use 2 cloves of peeled and minced garlic. You can use 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder instead.
  • Kosher salt, creole seasoning, and cayenne pepper: These ingredients are used to flavor the shrimp creole. The cayenne pepper adds a nice subtle heat. If you want a mild, non-spicy shrimp creole, feel free to leave the pepper out. Do not leave out the creole seasoning - I use Tony Chachere's or Emeril's brand of seasonings. You will find yourself using creole seasoning over and over again to flavor chicken, beef, shrimp or even pork, I promise.
  • Diced tomatoes: Use one 14.5 or 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes along with the juices from the can.
  • Flour: For thickening the sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce: I use Louisiana brand hot sauce or Tabasco. Use your favorite brand.
  • Shrimp: Preferably use wild caught American gulf shrimp, if available to you.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. This shrimp creole begins with the trinity of vegetables - chopped onions, bell peppers and celery simmer on the stove until the onions soften.
  2. When the vegetables soften, add in a can of diced tomatoes and a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together a little flour and water to make a slurry and slowly add it to the pan, then simmer for 5 minutes longer. This will thicken the sauce. By whisking the water and flour together in a separate bowl, you prevent any lumps from forming in the sauce. Then, stir in a little Worcestershire sauce and a touch of hot sauce and then add the shrimp.
  4. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are done.
Four photos showing how to make shrimp creole with tomatoes in a pan.

Expert Tips

  • This Shrimp Creole recipe is one where it's okay to use a little more or a little less shrimp. If you love shrimp, feel free to add a few more. The shrimp are so delicious when they've cooked in the sauce, I could nibble on them straight out of the pan.
  • The amount of heat in this dish can be adjusted by reducing or increasing the amount of hot sauce and cayenne pepper you use.
  • There are many brands of hot sauce and creole seasoning. Use your favorites.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What size skillet works best?

For this shrimp creole recipe I use a 10-inch skillet which you can find in our store. For best results use a pan of similar size.
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What should I serve with shrimp creole?

As I mentioned, white rice is typically served with shrimp creole. You could also serve it over brown rice or grits. If you want to go totally non-traditional, serve shrimp creole over orzo pasta or quinoa.
I also love making a small loaf of french bread to go with my shrimp creole.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this shrimp creole recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Shrimp Creole For One | One Dish Kitchen

Shrimp Creole For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: seafood, slow cooker
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 celery stalk , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning

FOR A SINGLE SERVING OF RICE

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/4 cup white rice

Instructions

  • Heat a 10-inch medium saucepan or skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. 
  • Add the onions, peppers, celery and garlic to the pan. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally until slightly softened, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer; continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the water and the flour and add to the tomato mixture. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and the hot sauce and continue to cook for 5 minutes longer.
  • Season the shrimp with the creole seasoning and add to the pan. Cook the shrimp until they are pink and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Taste and add additional salt, if necessary.
  • Top with chopped green onions and serve over white rice.

TO MAKE A SINGLE SERVING OF RICE

  • Bring the water, salt and butter to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the rice.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This Shrimp Creole recipe is one where it's okay to use a little more or a little less shrimp. If you love shrimp, feel free to add a few more. The shrimp are so delicious when they've cooked in the sauce, I could nibble on them straight out of the pan.
  • The amount of heat in this dish can be adjusted by reducing or increasing the amount of hot sauce and cayenne pepper you use.
  • There are many brands of hot sauce and creole seasoning. Use your favorites.

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 1183mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1365IU | Vitamin C: 41.6mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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15 thoughts on “Easy Shrimp Creole For One”

  1. I Lived in Galveston for 4 years and learned the art of creole cooking. Now retired and by myself (in Wisconsin) I really enjoyed this recipe! Thanks honey! Love your recipes just for me.

  2. 5 stars
    Another yummy dinner. Shrimp was on sale but already cooked so just put it all together and added them just until warm. Added Creole seasoning last night to the shrimp. Perfect. I miss fresh seafood but this was the next best thing.

  3. Keep the shrimp recipes coming, it is the perfect time of the year for them! Thanks for breaking down the recipe to smaller portions, seems some always make sooooo much and we are eating it for days.

  4. Cait Weingartner

    This dish looks incredibly delicious! I’ve been craving shrimp lately, and this recipe looks absolutely perfect.
    I think I’ll add the ingredients to my shopping list and make it tonight! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This looks really good and your “for one” recipes are starting to make me think. I’m not quite an empty nester yet, but I’m used to cooking for a crowd and our household has started shrinking. And there are nights it is just the two of us. Love your recipes! 🙂

  6. I miss the days of living on the Gulf Coast and enjoying fresh Shrimp Creole! This looks like a great recipe for reminiscing 🙂

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