Recipe: Experience the Spicy Taste of Cuban Shrimp Creole

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Shrimp Creole is a dish mostly prepared on special occasions. This special dish is a favorite of Cuba, a long-narrow and largest island in the Caribbean Sea.

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This dish is also popular in New Orleans, Louisiana.

To prepare this side dish or starter, you’ll need everyday ingredients in your kitchen like shrimp, olive oil, onions, bell pepper, garlic, wine, hot sauce and fresh parsley. 

Let’s get started!

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How to Prepare Shrimp Creole in 10 Simple Steps

Recipe: Experience the Spicy Taste of Cuban Shrimp Creole
Ingredients for shrimp creole. Image source: The Mad Table– YouTube

Ingredients

  • A bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • ¼ cup of dry white wine
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½  teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • A handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½  pounds of large shrimp, peeled 

Instructions

  1. Pour the olive oil into a cooking pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sliced onions and bell pepper and sauté for a minute. 
  3. Throw in the bay leaf and the chopped garlic, and stir the sauce.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, the ketchup, and the white wine. Stir and allow the shrimp creole to boil for a minute.
  5. Pour in the tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and white vinegar. Stir, cover , and allow it to boil for 10 minutes
  6. Sprinkle salt to taste and pepper for a spicy feel
  7. Add the fresh shrimp and stir the sauce to combine. Add a hot sauce, although this is optional.
  8. Allow the shrimp to cook in the sauce for 5 minutes, then sprinkle fresh parsley on the shrimp creole.
  9. Bring the sauce to medium heat or low and let it simmer for 2 minutes. 
  10. Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes, then serve the shrimp creole with boiled rice. The total cooking time is just about 20 minutes,  including the prep time.

Tips for Making Shrimp Creole

  • Red bell peppers make easy shrimp creole colorful, but you can use yellow or green bell peppers if you don’t have them.
  • You can choose to chop the onions if you don’t like them sliced.
  • Optionally, you can serve this delicious Cuban shrimp creole with pasta or crusty brown bread.
  • Use butter for oil as an alternative for a creole recipe, and use herbs like thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika,  and celery stalks. 
  • Also, garnish with your favorite side dishes, like fried plantains or sweet potatoes.
  • Seal the remaining shrimp sauce in a tight container and place it in the refrigerator.
  • You can also sprinkle lemon juice on this Instagram-worthy sauce before serving.  

Healthy Facts About Shrimp

Consuming shrimp gives you nutrition and energy. Shrimp has a significant level of selenium, which is critical for your heart, including cardiovascular and thyroid health. Selenium is also beneficial for cognitive function—the ability to think, speak, remember, reason, and store information. 

This seafood is also rich in Vitamin B12, antioxidants, omega-3s, zinc and copper. These minerals keep your blood cells healthy, lower blood pressure, and keep your skin healthy.

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While shrimp has a high level of cholesterol, it’s also a good source of protein and has fewer calories than meat, chicken, or pork. It’s also a good source of fiber, calcium, and potassium. 

Eating the sauce with rice or pasta gives you a source of carbohydrates. 

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Video source: The Mad Table

Patty Ruiz is the founder of The Mad Table. Her mission is to inspire people through workshops, classes, and interactive dinners. She believes cooking shouldn’t be scary, and once you realize this, a whole new world opens up right before your eyes.

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Cuban Shrimp Creole

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Recipe: Experience the Spicy Taste of Cuban Shrimp CreoleSedi Djentuh
Shrimp Creole is a dish mostly prepared on special occasions. This special dish is a favorite of Cuba, a long-narrow and largest island in the Caribbean Sea.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 5
Calories 299 kcal

Equipment

cooking pan

Ingredients
  

  • A bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • ¼ cup of dry white wine
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce optional
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced
  • A handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ pounds of large shrimp peeled

Instructions
 

  • Pour the olive oil into a cooking pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sliced onions and bell pepper and sauté for a minute.
  • Throw in the bay leaf and the chopped garlic, and stir the sauce.
  • Add the tomato sauce, the ketchup, and the white wine. Stir and allow the shrimp creole to boil for a minute.
  • Pour in the tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and white vinegar. Stir, cover , and allow it to boil for 10 minutes
  • Sprinkle salt to taste and pepper for a spicy feel
  • Add the fresh shrimp and stir the sauce to combine. Add a hot sauce, although this is optional.
  • Allow the shrimp to cook in the sauce for 5 minutes, then sprinkle fresh parsley on the shrimp creole.
  • Bring the sauce to medium heat or low and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes, then serve the shrimp creole with boiled rice. The total cooking time is just about 20 minutes, including the prep time.

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Nutrition

Serving: 242gCalories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 25gFat: 8.8gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 262mgSodium: 1059mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 2.3gVitamin A: 85.05IUVitamin C: 17.5mgCalcium: 187.11mgIron: 3.82mg
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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