Shrimp Creole Inspired by Emeril Lagasse

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Lately we, hubby and I,  have been craving seafood. Perhaps it is due to the nicer weather which leaves us craving lighter meals or maybe it is because we both love seafood. The only problem with seafood cravings is that we live smack in the middle of Europe. The nearest body of water to us is north, the Baltic Sea.

Being that the Czech Republic does not have an ocean, seafood obviously has to be imported. I couldn’t tell you how much nor ramble off all the seafood varieties that are imported each year. While we always prefer to support local products over imports when it comes to seafood that can be a bit tough. The local fresh fish we eat here is Trout, Walleye aka Pike Perch, and Carp. There is also always a large variety of smoked fishes. While all of those taste great, it can quickly turn boring.

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Though there are many seafood restaurants here sometimes we prefer to cook it ourselves. Occasionally at our grocery store we’ll come across fresh sea fishes, Mussels, and shrimp. When the fresh options are not available usually there will be a frozen option. In today’s recipe frozen shrimp is what I used. Since the frozen shrimp was pre-cooked all I had to do was thaw it out before dinner time. If you are lucky enough to have fresh shrimp all you need to do is extend the cooking time or cook it first. 

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This recipe was based and inspired by Emeril’s Shrimp Creole. Get his recipe here

Shrimp Creole
400 gm or just over 3/4 lb. cooked shrimp
1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1-2 tsp cayenne, adjust to taste
1 tbsp Emiril’s Creole Seasoning, I made my own from his recipe
1 cup fish stock or vegetable stock, I used low sodium vegetable
2 tbsp flour

chives to garnish
white rice to serve

1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Saute the onions until soft, then add the celery and saute for 3 minutes. Next add the bell pepper and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute. Add the flour to the vegetables and stir to well combine. Next add the remaining spices, stewed tomatoes, and stock. Stir, cover and simmer under medium low heat for an hour and a half. Check on the pot now and then.

2. After the hour and a half, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. If you’ve added more seasoning continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes. Add the cooked shrimp to the pot, allow to simmer for another 3 minutes then turn off heat. Allow to cool before serving over white rice.

Creole Shrimp; Shrimp Creole; shrimp; rice; cajun; recipe; easy; Emeril; tomato; celery; seafood; southern; Spicie Foodie


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Duet of shrimps – creamy shrimp soup and shrimp cocktail toast by Honest Cooking
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Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa by The Comfort of Cooking
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  1. says

    Even I was craving for some seafood over the weekend and ended up making a Seafood Gumbo too!Love comforting dishes like these!Thanks for sharing :)

  2. says

    This does look delicious! Also, it is very deceiving-it looks like something that took a lot of time in the kitchen. Anything that delivers this big flavor without a lot of kitchen time is a winner to me! Glad you shared this one.

  3. says

    Mmm, that sounds delicious :) I love creole food even though I haven’t had much of an opportunity to try the real thing down there. It’s on my list though!

  4. says

    I know what you mean…I am in the mountains of central Mexico, far from either coast. But we do get some good seafood flown in regularly and some good frozen as well. I love shrimp creole–and your version looks perfect. Such comforting food.

  5. says

    It is quite thought provoking considering no ocean surrounding your country, when mine has 360 degrees ocean. Still you have managed to make a delicious looking dish and as someone else has already pointed out it is hard to make this kind of food look good.I like the orangey colour of it.

  6. says

    i recently moved from inland USA to the coast, and i am just getting used to having access to fresh seafood. it’s really a luxury. i will have to get some fresh shrimp soon and try this!

  7. says

    What can be better than this. I love sea food too rather shrimps and prawns are my favorite. Love this recipe and will surely make this one too. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

  8. says

    I would think that this shrimp creole dish would be the perfect cure for your desire for a delicious lively taste of fish! Beautiful pictures and pinned for another day, hopefully for a future dinner;-)

  9. says

    Oh, we have the same troubles here in the middle of the land locked states….but I do enjoy getting some frozen shrimp now and then, too! Your creole looks marvelous…a little spice and tomatoes added to the seafood must taste scrumptious over your fluffy rice~

  10. says

    Wow! That looks like one delicious bowl of food! I adore shrimp and this would be a perfect meal for me.. Thanks for sharing this, Nancy! And I think it goes without saying that I think that your pictures are stunning!

  11. says

    Wah… I’ve been to a restaurant which serves Creole style food once. It’s been so long that I don’t remember much. This dish looks so good and your picture is confirming how tasty this is! Is it spicy? I probably need to adjust the spice level so kids and I can eat it I think? Other than that, my family will love this dish. And thank you for linking back to my shrimp ball post. =D

    • says

      Hi Nami,

      It wasn’t very spicy, I wish I would have added more-next time. You could always omit the cayenne and add some smoked or sweet paprika for color. My pleasure:)

  12. says

    We are great lovers of prawns in my family and I am always on the lookout for great recipes which include them. We just had Grilled Prawns with Spaghetti for dinner to celebrate our son’s graduation with a degree in Architecture. I couldn’t be more proud of him especially since he was homeschooled by me, for all except four years which he spent in school.

  13. says

    Having just written a paper on Southern Amerian English, I’m kinda in the mood for Southern Cuisine now, so I really appreciate this recipe, Nancy. ;)

    About the shrimps: Frankly, I simply could not afford fresh shrimps for a week-night dinner, so the frozen kind is alright with me. Although Germany (hello neighbour, btw haha) has a connection to the ocean, fresh sea food can still be pretty pricey.


  14. says

    I know what you r going through with the seafood in prag. We have the same issue in Tirol, fresh seafood doesnt exist at all! and the frozen tastes differently. when I was younger it didnt bother me since I grew up with that stuff but since I am having seafood every day in goa, I have troubel to enjoy the frozen products.

    nonetheless, I would long too for a seafood dish in my native country and I wouldnt think twice making your shrimp creole!

    • says

      Yes, you understand exactly Helene. The key with frozen seafood is to mask that frozen taste and texture with lots of spices and flavor, lol:) Thanks!


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