If you want something spicy, healthy, and hearty for supper, look no further than this New Orleans dish which can be made easy. You can make this dish in under an hour, and have your family feeling like they are true Cajuns. You can find all of the ingredients at your local supermarket, and you don’t have to be a highly trained chef to be turning out recipes like one.
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (the bigger and fresher the better)
- 1 large onion (white or purple)
- 1 bell pepper (any color)
- 1 green onion
- 2 large potatoes
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- Cajun spices (ready mixed)
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cups rice (white or brown)
- In a pot, boil potatoes until almost soft. Peel and set aside.
- Wash and peel onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Chop onions, garlic, and bell pepper into dime-sized pieces.
- In a frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and turn the fire on a medium-low heat.
- Sauté onions, bell pepper, garlic, and green onion until brown (5-7 minutes).
- Add canned tomatoes with the juice. Stir in a generous handful of Cajun spice mix. Stir well.
- Chop potatoes into bite sized pieces and add to the frying pan. Add water until all ingredients are covered. On a low heat, simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the mixture is simmering, wash and boil the rice.
- Add the shrimp to the frying pan. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes on a low heat. To thicken, smash a few of the potatoes on the side of the pan. You may also use cornstarch or flour to thicken if necessary.
- Serve immediately over rice, garnished with parsley. Add Tabasco and more Cajun spices to taste.
Serves 4-6 and freezes beautifully.
For a milder recipe simply replace some of the Cajun spice with salt and pepper, or salt only. You may also add carrots and mushrooms to up the vegetable ante.
This recipe can be found all over Cajun country. From the haute cuisine establishments of the French Quarter to the bayou homes of rural Louisiana. It is a favorite in a lot of Southern homes, and was served almost as often as red beans and rice or gumbo in my New Orleans home.
There are a wide array of recipes for this dish available. The Creoles were famous for modifying their dishes to suit whatever ingredients they had on hand. But this shrimp creole recipe is certainly one of the easier and healthier ones out there.…