New Orleans Shrimp Recipe -
New Orleans Shrimp Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

New Orleans Shrimp

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"Great New Orleans style spicy shrimp. I like it hot, and add fresh, hot red peppers. Serve over rice. Crusty bread and ice cold beer are good accompaniments. This is one of my favorite dishes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Pour oil into a large, heavy skillet; place over medium high heat. Heat oil until hot, but not smoking. Reduce heat to low, and add onion, celery, and green pepper. If using diced hot peppers, stir in now. Saute until the onion is soft; be careful not to burn onion. Remove vegetables from skillet, and wipe out excess liquid with paper towel.
  2. Return pan to heat. Melt butter in pan: let bubble, but do not allow butter to burn. Sprinkle flour over butter, and stir with wire whisk. Whisk in salt and black pepper. Whisking constantly, brown flour mixture until dry; this should take about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not allow roux to burn.
  3. Slowly whisk in hot fish stock . Increase heat slightly. Gradually whisk in beer; keep whisking until gravy thickens. Stir in vegetables. If gravy is too thick, gradually stir in warm water to dilute.
  4. Stir shrimp into gravy. Cook until pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 24, 2003

This is a very easy and delicious recipe. I prepared it using rock shrimp and it speed up the process since I didn't not have to peel or devein the shrimp.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 23, 2007

Not as good as I had hoped. The "gravy" did not form so I used a little cornstarch. Then it was very thick and had little taste. Maybe a more traditional roux would add depth to the flavor. Will try again with a darker roux.


17 Ratings

Feb 27, 2003

It was very easy and very delicious. We are from LOUISIANA!!!

Jul 26, 2004

Yummy! I've made this three times and everyone loves it. We like it spicy but if you don't you'll definitely need to ease up on the peppers. Also, I measured all ingredients precisely and I found that there was not sufficient flour to thicken into a gravy. I added a small flour and water mixture just before adding the veggies so that I had the right consistency. (This is no problem for me as I'm more of a 'throw it all in without measuring' kind of cook anyway, which was is just what I did after the first preparation) I found that it took me longer than the estimated times, but maybe the estimate assumes vegetables chopped, ingredients measured and waiting, etc. Also, instead of fish stock, I just took the shells from the shrimp I was already using and made shrimp stock and used that. Maybe it's better with the fish stock but I thought this was delicious and time-saving for me. Give it a try!

Feb 10, 2005

Outstanding! Good luck finding fish stock at the store, so I used vegetable broth instead and it was great. I love New Orleans style cuisine and this fit the bill. I found myself adding a little extra flour and a little cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Thanks Sylvia.

Mar 31, 2003

Wow, was this fantastic! We live in Texas and eat alot of Cajun/Creole food and this recipe was amazing. Super easy, quick and once again fantastic. A must try. I just wanted to add we added more hot pepper to make it a little spicer. We have spicy taste.

Oct 24, 2004

This was alright. My hubby absolutely loved it, and I will admit that the shrimp was quite good. I had to substitute jalapenos for the hot red pepper, and I added the spicy carrots from the can of jalapenos. It was good, nice and spicy, but maybe I'd like it better with the red peppers. Color can make a world of difference!

Sep 27, 2003

I would like to tell everyone to limit with the hotsauce that is all.


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  • Calories
  • 256 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 180 mg
  • 60%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 27.9 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 963 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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