Classic Shreveport Creole Stuffed Shrimp Recipe

Louisiana shrimp is the highlight of this delicious and fun recipe.

Creole Stuffed Shrimp from Wine Country Bistro Shreveport

Classic Creole Stuffed Shrimp from Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shop in Louisiana.

Louisiana prizes its tender, flavorful seafood. Because this recipe calls for Gulf shrimp, you can expect shrimp that are uniquely tender and mildly sweet in flavor. Restaurants across the state have many variations of shrimp-based dishes, but consider stopping by Roberto’s River Road Restaurant in Sunshine, or Tony’s Seafood Market & Deli in Baton Rouge.

While you plan your trip to Louisiana, try this tasty recipe from the creative mind of Chef Jason Brady, courtesy of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine.

Ingredients for Creole Stuffed Shrimp:

  • About 12 to 16 jumbo Gulf shrimp, peeled, deveined, butterflied, tails-on 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, finely chopped 
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped 
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 pound fresh Gulf crabmeat, shells and cartilage removed 
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 
  • 1/3 cup sour cream 
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 
  • Cayenne to taste 
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • Creole seasoning 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 3 cups flour, seasoned with cayenne and Creole seasoning 
  • Oil for frying 
  • Lemon wedges, tartar sauce and French fries for serving 

Method of Preparation:

To butterfly shrimp: Split shrimp down bottom center to tail, being careful not to cut through. Spread and flatten shrimp as much as possible. Set aside.

In a large skillet, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add onions, celery and green peppers; cook until softened, about four minutes. Add parsley and garlic; cook, stirring, for one minute. Remove from heat. Cool. 

Mix breadcrumbs, sour cream, Tabasco, mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, cayenne, one egg and Creole seasoning; stir until well-blended. Stir in vegetables; gently fold in crab, keeping lumps as whole as possible.

Stuff reserved shrimp generously, making sure to coat shrimp all over, leaving just the tail sticking out. Roll shrimp in flour; dip into egg wash made with remaining eggs and milk. Then, dredge in flour again. Pan-fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Serve with fresh cut fries, tartar sauce, and lemon wedges. Serves 4.

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