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shrimp creole served in a bowl with a spoon

Shrimp Creole

A traditional southern recipe that is full of flavor!
Course Brunch, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Creole, southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 316kcal


  • 2 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
  • 1 lb (453g) large shrimp peeled and deveined


  • 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.
  • Add in the shrimp, then cook for about 5-7 mins until the shrimp is cooked through and opaque.



Recipe Tips

  • You can prep the sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut your veggies up nice and small so that they cook quickly.
  • The flavor really develops over time, so best to prep ahead a few hours before serving.
  • For best results use fresh shrimp but alternatively use frozen shrimp that you defrost just before cooking.
  • Make your life easier by buying peeled and deveined shrimp for cooking.
  • You can use fire-roasted tomatoes if you prefer some extra flavor.

Weight Watchers Points

One serving  contains 6 Blue Plan SmartPoints.

Serving Suggestions



Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 1250mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3082IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 5mg