Succulent shrimp, fresh vegetables, and classic Creole seasoning make this Shrimp Creole Recipe for Two the PERFECT date night dinner or Mardi Gras recipe! Made with fresh ingredients you can easily find in any grocery store, this recipe will quickly become one of your favorite dinner ideas for two.
If you’re anything like me, there are nights when you can’t decide between comfort food, something light, a special dinner, or something easy.
This Shrimp Creole recipe for two is the perfect solution as it is all of the above! It’s easy to make, warming but light, and is sure to be enjoyed by all.
What is Shrimp Creole?
Shrimp Creole is a classic Louisiana dish made with cooked shrimp, hot pepper sauce, and traditional Creole spices. It uses some of the ingredients that you’ll find in many Creole dishes, like Crawfish Etouffee, Creole Jambalaya, and other easy jambalaya recipes.
These ingredients include the holy trinity of onion, celery and bell pepper, along with tomatoes. It’s an easy-to-make dish that you can spice up or down to taste!
What are the ingredients for Shrimp Creole?
For this Shrimp Creole Recipe for Two, I used ingredients you’ll find in a traditional Shrimp Creole recipe:
- Onion, green pepper, and celery
- Tomato Paste
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped tomatoes
- Bay leaf
- Worcestershire sauce
- Shrimp stock
- Hot sauce
You can adjust the seasoning of this Shrimp Creole recipe depending on how spicy (or not) you’d like it to be!
How to make Shrimp Creole Recipe for Two
Shrimp Creole is an easy recipe with just a few simple steps:
- Finely chop the onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic.
- Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the onion, celery, and pepper until soft.
- Add garlic and cook a minute longer.
- Add the tomato, tomato paste, stock, herbs, and spices, and leave to reduce.
- Once reduced, add the shrimp and combine with the sauce, turning as needed.
- Cook until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Season with hot sauce to taste, and serve.
What wine goes with Shrimp Creole?
The best choice of wine to pair with Shrimp Creole is a dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.
It’s best to avoid oaked wines with this dish, as the spices can make the oak flavor overpowering.
Can this recipe be doubled?
Absolutely! This Shrimp Creole recipe for two is a really easy recipe to increase the quantity of.
Simply double your ingredients and follow the cooking instructions as below. You may find it takes slightly longer to reduce the sauce due to the larger quantity, but it should not be by much.
You may also want to make sure you’re using a large enough pan for the amount of shrimp you’re cooking, or cook in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan.
What to serve with Shrimp Creole?
The simplest way to serve this Shrimp Creole recipe for two is over rice or with some crusty bread on the side. If you are looking for additional sides, keep it simple. I recommend a green salad, green beans, or okra.
Looking for more Creole flavors, or cooking for Mardi Gras? Take a look at these easy Mardi Gras recipes for more ideas like this Shrimp Creole recipe!
Try these other simple dinner ideas for two:
- Sausage and Kale Pasta Dinner for Two
- Lasagna for Two
- Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe for Two
- Vegetarian Taco Recipe for Two
- Rasta Pasta Recipe for Two
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Succulent shrimp, fresh vegetables, and classic Creole seasoning make this Shrimp Creole Recipe for Two the PERFECT date night dinner or Mardi Gras recipe!
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 green pepper
- 1 stick celery
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp oregano
- 1/8 tsp thyme
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup shrimp stock
- 3/4 lb shrimp
- hot sauce to taste
Finely chop the onion, pepper, and celery into roughly even sized pieces. Finely chop or crush the garlic.
Melt the butter in a medium skillet and saute the onion, celery and pepper until soft, around 5 minutes.
Add the garlic towards the end and cook a minute longer.
Add the tomato paste, salt, sugar, oregano, thyme, black pepper, and cayenne and mix through. Cook a minute then add tomatoes, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, and stock. Mix through, bring to a simmer and leave to reduce a little, around 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat as needed so that it simmers rather than boils.
Once reduced, add the shrimp and push into the sauce, turning as needed so that they cook on all sides.
Cook until the shrimp are pink, translucent and cooked through. Season with hot sauce to taste and serve.
Note - rather than using the individual spices (oregano, thyme, cayenne, black pepper), you can use approx 1/2 tsp. Creole seasoning if you have it.