Voodoo Shrimp Creole is a tomato-based dish using shrimp and beer to make a sweet and spicy broth. Serve over rice or grits for a full meal. #voodooshrimp #shrimpcreole www.savoryexperiments.com

Voodoo Shrimp Creole

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Creole
Keyword: shrimp creole, voodoo shrimp
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1032 kcal
Voodoo Shrimp Creole is a tomato-based dish using shrimp and beer to make a sweet and spicy broth. Serve over rice or grits for a full meal. 


Creole Seasoning Mix:

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Creole Shrimp:

  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white onion , grated or finely minced (about 1/4 onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic , grated or finely minced
  • 12 ounces dark beer , lager or stout
  • 1 cup vegetable or seafood broth
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1-4 tablespoons brown sugar , see note
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 15.5 ounce petite diced tomatoes , drained
  • 1 pound shrimp , tails on and deveined
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups rice , cooked
  • celery leaves , optional for garnish
  • parsley , chopped for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, Kosher salt, garlic powder, white pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme and basil. Set aside.
  2. Heat butter over medium heat in a large skillet.
  3. Add white onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to resemble and paste or mush.
  4. Add dry spice mixture, blending together until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Deglaze pan with dark beer, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a low simmer.
  6. Add broth, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, bay leaves and tomatoes. Simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until sauce has reduced by half.
  7. Remove bay leaves.
  8. Add raw shrimp, cooking until they curl and turn pink, approximately 4 minutes.
  9. Stir in heavy cream over low heat until fully incorporated.
  10. Dive into 4 servings, each with 1 cup cooked rice. Garnish with celery leaves.
  11. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let is know how it was!

Recipe Notes

*The amount of brown sugar added will depend on the bitterness of your beer. I used a pretty bitter, hoppy beer and therefore needed all four tablespoons. Start with one and add more at the end, if needed. 

Nutrition Facts
Voodoo Shrimp Creole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1032 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 334mg111%
Sodium 1990mg87%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 170g57%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 1585IU32%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 6.6mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.