Classic Creole Sauce Recipe

Tomato sauce creole

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 3 Cups (6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
141 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3 Cups (6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic Creole sauce is made with tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, onions, and garlic, along with seasonings, herbs, and other ingredients. Make this sauce an hour or two ahead of time for more flavor.

Use the sauce with shrimp, spoon some over fried eggplant, or use it to add flavor and color to plain grilled or baked chicken breasts.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup onions (chopped, about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup yellow or red bell pepper (chopped )
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can (approximately 1 2/3 cups) chicken stock ​(or vegetable stock)
  • 4 green onions (sliced, with most of the green)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat butter and oil over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan.

  2. Add chopped garlic, onions, peppers, and celery. Sauté the vegetables for about 5 to 7 minutes, until just tender.

  3. Meanwhile, combine the paprika, Creole seasoning, thyme, oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and ground pepper in a small cup.

  4. Stir tomatoes into the vegetables then add the seasoning mixture. Sauté for 1 minute longer.

  5. Add chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the sliced green onions.

  6. Continue boiling, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Most of the liquid will cook away.

  7. Stir in the tomato paste until well blended into the sauce.

  8. Remove from heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons butter.

  9. Serve with fish, seafood, chicken, or other meat.

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