Easy Creole Sauce Recipe (GF)

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This Easy Creole Sauce is going to be your new favorite kitchen staple! Full of flavor, this is an easy to make homemade tomato sauce that comes together in under 25 minutes. Use this sauce to make traditional southern food recipes, or add a taste of the Louisana bayou to all your favorite dishes.

Suitable for gluten-free and vegan diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

creole sauce served in a bowl with silver spoon

I am all about easy homemade sauces, like this Easy Creole Sauce recipe which requires minimal effort and minimal prep, but still allows me wow friends and family with a zesty homemade sauce that is full of flavor. Yeap, this recipe embodies the best of the best about lazy cooking.

This classic Southern Creole Tomato Sauce is made with a few everyday affordable ingredients and comes together in under 25 minutes. Try it once and you will always want to have it on hand to use for whipping up lunch and dinner for like ever and ever and ever.

It goes great over pasta or Cajun Shrimp, served alongside some classic red beans and rice. It’s also great over all sorts of meats and veggies. I have even had it as a sandwich spread along with some flaked Air Fryer Salmon Fillets. #sogood

Why You Will Love This

  • It is easy to make form everyday pantry staples.
  • It is great for meal prep.
  • It can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
  • It is great for freezing for quick weeknight suppers
  • Great way to use up leftover tomatoes.
  • Suitable for Gluten free diets.
creole sauce ready to serve in a ceramic bowl

What Is Creole Sauce

Creole sauce, along with its various other names (aka red gravy, creole tomato sauce, and sauce piquant) is a staple in Creole cuisine, traditional southern food recipes, as well as Caribbean cuisine.

It really is super simple to make. It is basically a fragrant and spiced tomato sauce that contains the holy trinity of creole cooking => celery, bell peppers, and onions, along with a variety of seasoning and spices.

P.S. if you are interested – Creole Cuisine, which originated in Louisiana (thanks y’all!) is my kind of cooking as it is a mish-mash of African, Amerindian, French, Haitian, Spanish and traditional southern cooking. This means aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the fingerlicking flavors and then some.

Ingredient Notes

  • Oil – Use canola oil or any oil you like. 
  • Veggies – You can use white or red onion, celery sticks and bell peppers of any colour.
  • Tomatoes – You can start with juicy fresh tomatoes of you have these or you can grab some canned tomatoes from your pantry staples and use those. Use plain unflavored tomatoes as you add flavor with the seasonings.
  • Creole seasoning – use homemade creole seasoning or a store bought one. Choose a brand with the heat level that you like.
  • Flavourings – This sauce gets it some of its great taste from garlic, fresh lemon juice, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Play around with the amounts you add in to your taste.
  • Broth – This recipe uses vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian, but you can certainly substitute in some chicken broth.
  • Butter –  Use salted or unsalted butter. Just adapt the amount of salt you add in.
the ingredients needed for making creole sauce

How To Make Sauce Creole Very Easily

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and peppers and saute for about 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Mix the garlic, red peppers, creole seasoning, and cayenne pepper and cook for about 30 seconds and stir until fragrant.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, stock, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée, and butter. Allow to boil, then simmer, with the lid ajar, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened (feel free to simmer for a further 5 or so minutes if you want your sauce to reduce more).
  4. Switch off the heat and serve as is. If you prefer a smooth sauce, then puree with an immersion blender.
  5. Serve on top of a bed of rice.
image collage showing the steps for making creole sauce

Recipe Tips

  • Use a sharp knife to dice the veggies small so that they cook quickly.
  • I love blitzing up this sauce and using it to add some classic southern flavor to lasagnas, veggie meatballs, and regular meatballs.
  • I have kept this vegan by using vegan butter, but feel free to use regular butter if not vegan.
  • You can use fire-roasted tomatoes if you prefer extra flavor in this.

Delicious Variations

This recipe is as good as is, but you can easily mix and match herbs, spices, and other ingredients to suit your taste.  They don’t have to be creole, just use what you like.

  • Add herbs – Add things like basil, oregano, bay leaf and cilantro. 
  • Use yellow or orange tomatoes – Adds a fun splash of color. 
  • Add in other veggies – Diced eggplant, yellow squash, or zucchini. 
  • Up the heat – add more red pepper flakes, jalapenos or even some chipotle to taste
top down view of a pot of finished creole sauce

How To Adjust The Heat/Hotness Level To Your Sauce

  • The sauce recipe gets its heat from the Creole Seasoning. So if you have a hot seasoning, add about half the required amount and adjust the next time.
  • If you don’t want much heat, or none at all, you can make your own homemade Creole seasoning and adjust the amount of chili or remove it altogether from the seasoning.
  • When I make this sauce for guests or for the kids, I only use about a half to two-thirds of the creole seasoning required.
two glass storage jars filled with creole sauce


This is a great recipe that is perfect for meal prep. Whip up a batch or two of this sauce and store it in airtight jars inside the fridge to use throughout the week.

  • Prep Ahead – This can can be cooked up to a few days in advance and reheated. 
  • Store – Store the cooled sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • Freeze – Follow the handy tips below for how to freeze this. Transfer cooled into freezer bags. Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags. Label the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To make reheating easier, freeze in the right portion sizes that you need for the future.
  • Thaw – Remove from the freezer the night before needed and let it thaw in the fridge.
glass meal prep container filled with creole sauce

Serving Suggestions

More Creole and Southern Recipes

close up of a bowl filled with creole sauce

Weight Watchers Points

One serving of this homemade tomato sauce contains 4 Blue Plan SmartPoints.

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4.67 from 6 votes

Creole Sauce

This easy sauce requires a few pantry staples and is ready in less than 25 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Creole, southern
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 10
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 6 tablespoons rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons creole seasoning
  • 56 ounces 4 x 14 oz cans (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups (236ml) vegetable broth
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) butter
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the onion, celery and peppers, and soften with a small pinch of salt, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, red peppers, creole seasoning, and cayenne pepper and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring regularly, until the aroma is released.
  • Add the tomatoes, stock, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée, and butter.
  • Bring the sauce to the boil, then simmer, with the lid slightly off, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced and thickened. Season to taste.
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  • Use a sharp knife to cut your veggies up nice and small so that they cook quickly.
  • I love blitzing up this sauce and using it to add some classic southern flavor to lasagnas, veggie meatballs, and regular meatballs.
  • I have kept this vegan by using vegan butter, but feel free to use regular butter if not vegan.
  • You can use fire-roasted tomatoes if you prefer some extra flavor.
One serving contains 3 Blue Plan SmartPoints.



Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1849IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

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  2. 3 stars
    The directions mention vinegar but the ingredients doesn’t. How much vinegar and which kind?

  3. By ‘red pepper’ do you mean red bell pepper? You also say to add the peppers in both step one and two, which is correct?

  4. 5 stars
    I love your creole seasoning and this sauce is fantastic too! Loaded with veggies and just the right amount of spice!