Rock Shrimp Creole
2 pounds rock shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced 1/2-inch
1/2 cup onion, diced 1/4-inch
1/4 cup celery, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, roughly cut
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 to 4 cups cooked rice
Rinse shrimp briefly and remove any large veins that are visible.
In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Mix in flour
and stir until dissolved and mixture begins to thicken, then reduce heat. Add
tomatoes and their juice to the butter and flour mixture, stir well, and heat
through. The mixture will thicken. Hold warm.
In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter, and over medium high heat, cook
bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic until soft but with a little bit of a
crunch. Add shrimp and cook until no longer transparent (3 minutes).
Add tomato mixture, bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve over hot rice (white or wild mixture).
Chef's Tips: If rock shrimp are only available cooked, then add the shrimp and
the tomato mixture at the same time. Add a Cajun style sausage when cooking the
vegetables for an extra Cajun flair. Cajun or Louisiana style seasoning can be
used instead of or along with salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
Serve with a French style or sour dough bread.
Serves: 6 to 8