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So umm…tomorrow is Fat Tuesday.

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

Like where on Earth did that come from? It just totally snuck up on me this year. All the sudden it’s Christmas, then it’s the Super Bowl, then Valentines Day and now it’s already time for Mardi Gras? What?!

I don’t know, but I might as well just starting getting ready for Easter because before you know it, that’s gonna be here too. Not that I am complaining, I find Easter kind of fun. Thinking it’s all those pastel colors and feelings of spring.

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

And you guys, speaking of Spring? Wow, we are sure getting a taste of it here in Colorado. It’s kind of crazy because I know that Boston and the east have been getting dumped on (Kai has been there for weeks filming. Now Brendan, Kai and Red are in NJ doing a project for Red Bull – no shortage of snow there either!). You know what though? For some reason I am totally jealous. Normally by this time of year I am DONE with the snow, but I don’t know, something is different this year. We have had a lot of sun and warm temps the past month, so I could actually get pretty excited for a good snowstorm. Don’t get me wrong, I mean, I would still totally hop on a plane to a tropical place without even thinking about it if the chance was presented to me, but seeing as that is not going to happen, I am still A OK with winter.


Maybe it’s because I have finally realized that spring in the mountains really just means more snow storms…and mud, and summer in the mountains really just means late afternoon rain (I hate rain!). Or maybe we just need one more snow storm and I will tire of it…yeah, that’ll probably do me in.

Either way, I am pretty happy with what I’ve got right now. So that’s good.

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

Something else that’s also very good – this big easy style saucy creole shrimp. It’s got flavor, sauce, beer, rice and more beer – but only in bread form…which if you are asking me, is really the best form.

And it’s simple, quick, no pain and all gain! AND… it’s extra warm and cozy. Thinking that a lot of you need warm and cozy right now. My grandma back in Ohio said it has been in the negative temps. Yikes.

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

Good thing this has everything to keep you feeling all warm inside. I’m talking spice and carbs, duh – winter essentials. Along with chocolate, but yeah, you already knew that.

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

I made my creole shrimp a little different than most. I added some spicy chorizo (YUM) and made it more stew-like (you know so you can take that beer bread and soak up all the sauce).

And seeing as it takes less than an hour to make, it’s the perfect dish for a Monday night.

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 720 kcal

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  • In a medium size soup pot, brown the chorizo over medium high heat. Remove from the pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate. To the same pot, add the oil and flour, whisking until combined. Cook for 10 minutes or until the roux is lightly golden. Add the onion, garlic, celery, green pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, 1 tablespoon creole seasoning and the smoked paprika, cook another minute. Slowly pour in the beer, add back the chorizo and bring the mixture to a low boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add the butter. Toss the shrimp with the cajun seasoning and place in the hot skillet. Sear on both side for about 4 minutes per side or until pink and cooked through. Remove from the heat. Now add the shrimp, Worcestershire and hot sauce to the creole mixture. Simmer another 5 minutes.
  • Serve the shrimp over a bowl of hot rice with a side of [beer bread |] for dipping.
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Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp | @hbharvest

Oh but umm, beer bread soaked in shrimp creole sauce? Bestest. Thing. Ever.

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  1. 3 stars
    The recipe needs to be updated with whatever are the correct measurements for the beer and tomato. I originally chose this recipe based on the amount of tomato listed (was scanning the recipe). I don’t like a lot of tomato with my shrimp. But then well into the recipe there obviously wasn’t enough liquid without using more tomato and more beer… Enough people have questioned this in the comments that it needs to be addressed/corrected. I do think to get the best flavor that the roux needs to be cooked to a darker color as in a classic gumbo. My 2¢ worth of thoughts.

  2. 5 stars
    I used reg paprika instead of smoked paprika, part creole seasoning and part Old Bay, and substituted the Worcestershire sauce (combo of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce).

    Also, I used 12 ounces of beer because otherwise the next step in the recipe didn’t make sense to me. I think 12 ounces is the way to go.

    I used 1 ounce tomato paste but I wonder if the tomato quantity is wrong? I may try a full can of stewed tomatoes in the future. My 1 ounce of tomato paste worked great though.

    Even with these subs, this recipe was fantastic. Cheers!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and it’s become one of my favorites in the run up to Fat Tuesday. I used andouille instead of chorizo (since I had it on hand), and it turned out perfectly. Huge favorite in our house full of spicy food lovers, thank you for a great recipe!

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Happy Monday!!⛄️ Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xT

  4. Made this tonight! it was so good! Added 12 oz of beer (oops) and then saw it should only be one ounce but it worked out just great. Cooked the shrimp 1.5 minutes each side. So good over rice. Should have had bread to sop up all ‘the goodness”…but we are watching our calories!

    1. Hey Karen,
      Happy Friday!!🌻 I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it and sharing your review:) xT

  5. 5 stars
    Fantastic! Only change I made was using Italian sausage in place of chorizo (which we don’t care for). Made Beer Bread too…. Thanks for a wonderful warming menu on a snowy Michigan night!

    1. Hey Caroline,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner. Have the best weekend:) xT

    1. Hi Quynh,
      I would recommend using some form of canned tomatoes whether it be stewed or diced or crushed. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. 1 T. Louisiana hot sauce would have made the dish inedible. I used 4-6 drops and it was plenty hot and we like spicy food.

    1. Hi Julie! I am so sorry to hear that Julie! I hope you try this again with less heat and enjoy it! xTieghan

  7. I made this last night for Mardi Gras and it turned out awesome!
    I did make a few substitutions, based on personal preference and what we had on hand.
    Subbed chorizo for Aidells andouille sausage – one of our faves. Used 12oz (1 1/2 cups) chicken broth instead of beer. Used 1/2 tbsp sweet paprika and 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika. Didn’t have any hot sauce, so I added a little more Creole seasoning, 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Served with sourdough bread (but I will definitely try with the beer bread) and brown rice. Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. So happy you made it and hope you had an amazing night! Those substitutions sound amazing!
      Thank you Meg!

  8. This dish is FANTASTIC!! I will say that I followed the directions completely, except I roasted the shrimp, instead of sauteing them. It’s a much better flavor. Next up is your butternut squash and cheesy pasta that I received in my email today…

  9. I am so very disappointed in the way this recipe turned out 🙁 it had so much potential!! It has been the first recipe in years that I had to scrap and start over! 🙁 .. and it didn’t look like your pics nor did it taste very good – what the heck!? There’s got to be a better way lol – thanks anyway! 🙂

    1. Hey Terra, I am really sorry this did not turn out. Can I ask what happened? Maybe I can help you fix the problem. Again, very sorry for any trouble!

      1. I have no The first time I think the oil/flour just got too hot.. and I screwed up by adding the tomatoes before the celery/onion.. that’s what got scrapped lol… it was just a pink poofy mess lol…. maybe I just didn’t like how there was so much oil/flour.. I also used homemade canned tomatoes.. so the color was quite blande.. and maybe too much beer? as it was very beery tasting.. . it just wasn’t as wonderful as the picture looked like it to be.. for flavor either… no worries on your part.. sounds like just personal preference – but I dont know what I would do differently lol.. 🙂 🙂

  10. Made this tonight it was very tasty ! Did however make a few tweaks.
    *instead of canola oil I used olive oil
    *Added Peas( At end)
    *Used chicken chorizo
    It turned out wonderful will make again.

    1. I made this last night and it was one of our favorite meals ever! I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be 1 ounce or 12 ounces of beer, so I added 12 and it was awesome. I’ll definitely make this again! Thanks for another great recipe!

      1. Hey Sherry,
        Happy Sunday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback! xx

  11. I am constantly wowed by your recipes! I made this last night and I had to hold myself back from licking the bowl. Your blog has been the hugest inspiration in my kitchen in years. Thank you!!

  12. I just made this and the beer bread for a date night dinner. It was my first time cooking anything with a roux, so I was a bit nervous (especially since it was for a date and I was trying to be impressive), but everything turned out great! Thanks for the great recipe. I’m excited that I have leftovers 🙂

  13. This recipe is delicious- the spice was just right!! Definitely adding it to my winter favourites. The beer bread was a cinch and the perfect combination. Thank you!!!!