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Basic Creole Sauce

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"I cook a big batch of this sauce and keep in the freezer for when I need to pull together a quick dinner party or supper for my family. Just reheat and add a combination of shrimp, sausage, or chicken and serve over hot rice. Add in a combination of the optional ingredients to make it your own. You will have a meal fit for company."

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Original recipe makes 6 pints Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in celery, onion, green bell pepper, carrot, and garlic; cook and stir until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir tomatoes with their juice, water, chicken bouillon cubes, and bay leaves into the vegetable mixture.
  3. Stir in red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, saffron, oregano, basil, thyme, orange zest, clam juice, and white wine.
  4. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the flavors have blended, at least 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. Allow the sauce to cool completely.
  6. To store, pour into pint glass canning jars, cover with lids and rings, and place into freezer. Sauce can be frozen up to 3 months before using.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2012

I recently purchased a can of Creole sauce and that inspired me to look for a recipe that I can home-can with tomatoes this summer. This looks like the one! I'll have to leave out the clam juice and chicken bouillon then check with pH strips to determine whether to waterbath or pressure can, (if marginal I can add citric acid) but I love to put up sauces like this in the summer for quick dinners the rest of the year. The only ingredient I see missing is garlic. Will update this review after I get a chance to put up a batch. Thanks for a fabulous idea!!!UPDATE: I have canned mega batches of this already and it's only mid-June! Added 2 T. of citric acid per 8 lb. of tomatoes. Processed in boiling waterbath for 70 minutes for pints. Used a pint the other night as a test run to make a Creole meatloaf...and it was FAR better than the original purchased product. You hit the nail on the head with this recipe!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 14, 2015

I made this recipe (nod to other reviewers) and didn't like it at all. several things stuck out after tasting this, the first was that carrot didn't have any place in this recip. Maybe it's a natural attempt to sofen the tomato acidity but that flavor was off along with the orange, wich had no place whatsoever here. The herbs which were all marked as optional and either a pinch or to taste are THE key flavors in this recipe and I had to bump them all up to 1T of oregano, 1T of thyme and bisil. The base flavor was very weak also, I added about 1t each of garlic and onion powder to help boost that up. The red pepper flake, also necessary, should be to taste because the red pepper you have on your shelf may differ from the one on mine. Mine was fresher and using the full measure given here it was very spicy. Just using another recipe would be easier in the end. Good luck to you.

Mar 06, 2012

I am the author of this recipe and would love for you to try it. Let me know how it works for you.

Mar 16, 2012

This is very similiar to my creole recipe but I need to stop making it with a roux-too many calories. This looks harmless and I hadn't thought to make a big batch and freeze it. Great idea! Thanks. I'll let you know how we like it when I get to it.

Apr 15, 2015

I have been introduced to a Creole seasoning called "Slap Ya'Mama" as well as Emeril's "Bayou Blast". Using either one of those will get you where you need to go as far as seasoning.

Sep 26, 2014

Emily, I am new to canning and want to can this totally awesome recipe. I love the clam juice I can't imagine with out it. Why leave it and chicken broth out ? Why add acid and bathe 70 min instead of 20? This is great to add to hot Italian sausage, bell peppers, onion, chunks of tomatoes, and put over dirty rice! Yum yum.


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  • Calories
  • 49 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.5 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 229 mg
  • 9%

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

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