What’s the Difference Between Shrimp Creole and Shrimp Etouffee?

If you like your shrimp with some rice, then you’ve likely encountered either shrimp creole or shrimp etouffee, but are they the same exact dish?

If you like your shrimp with some rice, then you’ve likely encountered either shrimp creole or shrimp etouffee, but are they the same exact dish?

The Short Answer

No, shrimp creole and shrimp etouffee are completely different, yet related, dishes.

The Long Answer

I love shrimp articles. It’s such a versatile seafood. One of my favorite things about shrimp both as a cook and an eater is the amazing versatility in its recipes.

That brings us to two similar dishes with a few key differences. Shrimp Creole and shrimp etouffee are both served over rice and feature a wealth of additional ingredients with a sauce base. They’re definitely related. I’d call them first cousins at best because they’re cut from the same mold (not literally) but there are a number of variances that make them quite different.

Let’s start with shrimp creole. This is a pretty standard shrimp and rice dish which uses tomato as the base of its sauce. The sauce is thin and the whole dish tends to be redder in color. Shrimp creole features a bunch of ingredients, usually comprising tomato, rice, shrimp, peppers, and okra.

Shrimp Etouffee comes from a French word which translates to “smothered” and it lives up to that moniker with its gravy-like sauce. Again, it’s shrimp with rice but the major difference is that the sauce is made of a thick roux, which combines butter and wheat flour. It’s also usually spicy and uses quite a bit of cayenne pepper. In terms of color, you’re looking at an orange dish with some brown streaks. Etouffee is usually made from shrimp (duh), rice, celery, peppers, green onion, and roux.

So there you have it. Two shrimp and rice dishes that can definitely be compared but should never be mistaken for one another.

Ready to cook and compare them for yourself? Check out our versions of Shrimp Creole and Shrimp Etouffee over at Cook the Story.

What is your favorite shrimp dish? Do you prefer shrimp creole or shrimp etouffee? How much spice do you like in your shrimp dish? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know!

If you like your shrimp with some rice, then you’ve likely encountered either shrimp creole or shrimp etouffee, but are they the same exact dish? #shrimp #creole #etouffee
If you like your shrimp with some rice, then you’ve likely encountered either shrimp creole or shrimp etouffee, but are they the same exact dish? #shrimp #creole #etouffee

Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.