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This One Pan Shrimp Creole is a quick meal during keto week! With less than 6 net carbs per serving, this flavor-packed low carb fish dish will make your weekly rotation!

Low Carb Creole Shrimp

If you fancy something from New Orleans cuisine, this is a great recipe to satisfy your cravings! We loved our Cajun Shrimp and these Cajun Pork Chops with Fried Cabbage, but this may be a new favorite! With a few shortcuts, you can have easy Creole Shrimp that are low in carbs but packed with flavor.

Ingredients for the creole shrimp recipe

Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need. Keep scrolling to the printable recipe card for the exact measurements!

  • Butter or olive oil
  • Vegetables: Celery, Onion, Pepper, Garlic
  • fire roasted tomatoes
  • Broth
  • English sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Condiments: Laurel, Bay Leaves, Paprika, Oregano
  • Shrimp: shelled and shelled

How to make grilled shrimp creole

This recipe is super simple – start with a wide, deep skillet or dutch oven. Melt the butter over medium heat, then fry the celery, onion and bell peppers for 4-5 minutes, then add the garlic. When the vegetables have softened and the garlic is fragrant, add the drained tomatoes, stock, lemon juice, Worcestershire and all the spices.

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until it has reduced and the sauce has started to thicken. In the step-by-step photos you can see how the sauce looks when it has been reduced and is ready for the next step.

Combine the thawed, raw shrimp and cook until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through (this took me about 3 minutes). Remove from heat, decorate with herbs to taste and serve!

Are Creole and Cajun the same?

Sometimes people use Creole and Cajun interchangeably, but there are subtle differences. Both cooking styles hail from Louisiana and use similar ingredients, but there are some stark differences (like Creole often uses tomatoes while Cajun doesn’t).

In general, Creole uses a slightly milder spice than Cajun. Cajun focuses more on spices, while Creole focuses more on herbs. Since I wanted to use what I already had in my cabinet, I used Old Bay, Oregano, Paprika, and Bay Leaves for this recipe. I know Old Bay is an East Coast blend, not a Louisiana blend, but it was delicious, readily available, and had a great full base flavor!

Feel free to use a Creole or Cajun dressing instead of Old Bay; you may want to reduce the paprika a bit if your blend substitute is particularly spicy.

What is the difference between Shrimp Creoles and Shrimp Etouffee?

Shrimp Creole and Shrimp Etouffee are kind of “cousins” of recipes. They have some similarities, but also some key differences to set them apart.

Shrimp etouffee tends to be spicier, has a brown/orange color, and has a thick sauce that covers all the delicious pieces. Shrimp Criollo is softer, dark red in color, and has a thinner sauce that covers the plate.

What to serve with Shrimp Creoles

Shrimp Creoles are usually served over rice, but you can replace them with a tasty low-carb cauliflower rice. This would also be great with cauliflower grits! Summer favorites like Cold Asparagus Salad or these Grilled Zucchini Mozzarella Rolls also complement the spices. These Crispy Green Bean Fries would also make a great side dish for the kids!

These Ketogenic Cheddar Bay Garlic Crackers make 22 crackers, only 1.9 net carbs each! I am a red lobster copycat, they are great with shellfish and freeze and reheat easily. It’s a great meal prep addition to keep in the freezer whenever you have a craving for bread!

Is creole shrimp good for preparing keto meals?

Yes, this recipe works well for keto meal prep. I don’t usually like to reheat seafood, but the sauce really changes things up for me here. The flavors mingle and become even more amazing as the dish stays up to 3 days in the fridge.

To reheat, heat slowly in a skillet over heat, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. If you need to thin the sauce, you can add fish/vegetable stock or water. If in the microwave, try reheating on 50% power in 30-second intervals so the shrimp don’t overcook and become chewy.

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Time to cook:
25 minutes

Total Time:
25 minutes

This One Pan Shrimp Creole is a quick meal during keto week! With less than 6 net carbs per serving, this flavor-packed low carb fish dish will make your weekly rotation!


  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups celery, finely chopped

  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomatoes, roasted and drained

  • 1 cup broth (vegetable, seafood, or chicken)

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of oregano

  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen shrimp, shelled


  1. In a large, deep skillet or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add celery, onion, bell peppers, and garlic. Sauté 4-5 minutes until vegetables have softened.
  2. Add drained tomatoes, broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and all spices. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until it has reduced and the sauce has started to thicken (see photo)
  3. Add the thawed, raw shrimp and cook the mixture for another 3 minutes or until the shrimp have turned pink and are cooked through.
Nutritional information:

Makes: 6 Servings: about 1 1/4 cups

Amount per proportion:

Calories: 268 Total Fat: 6.1g Cholesterol: 178mg Sodium: 313mg Carbs: 7.7g Net Carbs: 5.7g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3.4g Protein: 23g

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