Recipe

Emeril’s Creole Sauce

Emeril's Creole Sauce from the Emeril Live episode, Gone Fishin'. Cool the sauce without the shrimp and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups finely chopped, peeled, seeded tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups cold chicken, shrimp or fish stock
  • 1 1/4 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Hot cooked long-grain white rice, for serving

Directions

  • Heat the bacon grease in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stirring constantly with a heavy wooden spoon, cook until a roux a light brown forms, about 6 minutes. Add the onions, celery, and bell pepper and cook over medium heat, until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, red pepper, and bay leaves, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to color, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, oregano, basil, thyme, lemon zest, Worcestershire and Tabasco, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens and reduces by one-quarter in volume, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • To serve immediately, add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until cooked through and tender, about 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Arrange 1/2 to 3/4 cup long grain white rice in each of 4 to 6 large shallow bowls or on large plates. Ladle the shrimp Creole over the rice, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour