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- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper, seeds and membrane removed finely chopped
- 2-3 stalks celery (you want about the same amount as green bell pepper)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 can (15-ounce) tomato sauce
- 1 cup water (approximately to rinse out the can)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound uncooked peeled and deveined shrimp (16-20 count), tail removed
- Tabasco sauce, to taste
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley plus sprigs for garnish
- Lemon wedges
- Cooked rice, for serving
- Heat oil and butter over medium-high heat in a skillet or saute pan. Add the onion, pepper and celery.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook approximately 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are very soft, adjusting heat as necessary so vegetables don’t burn.
- Add the garlic, Cajun seasoning, thyme, cayenne pepper and bay leaf. Stir briefly.
- Add the tomato sauce, water and Worcestershire.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 8-10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
- Stir in the shrimp and cook 1-2 minutes or until just firm.
- Add hot sauce, salt and black pepper to taste.
- Remove bay leaf, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with hot, cooked rice and lemon wedges.