Easy One Pot Creole Sauce Recipe - the best easy Creole sauce for Mofongo, jerk chicken, creole stews, and more! This creole sauce is bursting with rich, delicious flavor and is so good you'll want to lick the pot!
This post was sponsored by Princess Cruises. All opinions are 100% my own.
I was recently invited to tour the Caribbean with Princess Cruises on board the Caribbean Princess and try out the new Ocean Medallion program on ship - this revolutionary charm makes it easier than ever to explore the world and take in new cuisine - like I did, feasting on delicious authentic Dominican Creole sauce!
Easy One Pot Creole Sauce - this hearty and delicious creole sauce is amazing over meats, fish, and vegetables - or with rice and beans.
This creole sauce was inspired by the amazingly rich and delicious sauces I've sampled in visiting the Caribbean.
I tried tweaking a couple creole sauces to find something as rich and delicious as the sauces I sampled in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic - and this recipe is out of this world delicious.
This sauce centers around a rich creamy base from the addition of butter - as well as a fresh kick from the creole "trinity" (onions, bell peppers, and celery) - as well as plenty of garlic.
This sauce is a great addition to keto or low carb dishes (watch how much you serve if you are watching your macros as the onions and peppers can add to carbohydrates quickly) - but it adds a ton of flavor without any extra sugars!
I hope you love this creole sauce recipe as much as I do!
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What is Creole Sauce
Creole sauce, which is also sometimes called red gravy or sauce piquant, is a staple of Creole dishes across America's bayou, and the Caribbean - it is great over meats and vegetables, as a stew for rice, beans, mofongo, or other starchy dishes.
Creole sauce is easy to make with simple ingredients - but the flavor is out of this world delicious - and it gets even better as it rests and reduces.
Creole sauce comes together from lots of different cuisines - and helps to marry a lot of the regional cuisines that shape Creole food.
Many creole dishes are based on flavors developed from the French colonial role in the developing Caribbean - but Creole also owes much of it's deep, rich flavors to Indian and Spanish influence, as well as rich traditional African techniques and ingredients brought to the Caribbean and America's south through the slave trades.
Creole sauce is nuanced and well balanced - and while rustic and focused on simple ingredients, creole sauce is as refined as any sauce you'd expect from a dish heavily influenced by french cuisine.
Tips to Perfect Creole Sauce
-Watch Salt Content. Since this creole sauce tastes even better when reducing, it is absolutely essential to use butter without added salt, low sodium chicken stock, and preferably low sodium cajun seasoning.
-Make ahead of time. For best results, I like my cajun sauce to sit for at least two hours before serving for the flavors to really come together - but it's even better if made a night before.
What to Serve with Creole Sauce:
Creole sauce is an incredibly versatile addition to any meal - it is BURSTING with flavor, and has a bit of a stew-like consistency, making it great over rice or cauliflower rice, or with chicken, shrimp, or steak.
While this spicy and savory creole sauce is a big part of my mofongo recipe, it is great over just about any meat or vegetable you'd like to add a kick to!
Some of my favorite dishes to serve with this creole sauce are below:
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Cruise Port
I couldn't think of a more gorgeous and stunning cruise port than Amber Cove - it is near when Jurassic Park filmed, and is every bit as beautiful as the movie!
In port, there is a large, winding pool with lazy river and swim-up bars ; a zipline; over-ocean cabins; kayaking; and shore excursions like hiking through waterfalls!
And getting back on ship can't be easier - since Princess Cruises uses the new Ocean Medallion, all we had to do to get back on board was scan our medallions (which make a great accessory, no?) as we headed back to the ship.
Ocean Medallion made checking in the first day of the cruise a breeze - and was our ticket to internet that was blazing fast at sea (my upload/download times significantly beat our satellite internet at home).
As we planned our trek through Amber Cove the night before we docked in port, it was so helpful to have great internet so we could plan our journey ahead of time!
Those medallions come in handy on ship too - it works as your cruise card and key - just scan to buy items or drinks, and connect with the Ocean Now app to even be able to use your medallion to order food and drinks from anywhere on ship if you don't get your fill of creole sauce in Amber Cove!
Easy One Pot Creole Sauce Recipe
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- 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
- Heat butter and oil over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan.
- Add chopped garlic, onions, peppers, and celery. Sauté the vegetables for about 5 to 7 minutes, until just tender.
- Meanwhile, combine the paprika, Creole seasoning, thyme, oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and ground pepper in a small cup.
- Stir tomatoes into the vegetables then add the seasoning mixture. Sauté for 1 minute longer.
- Add chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the sliced green onions.
- Continue boiling, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Most of the liquid will cook away.
- Stir in the tomato paste until well blended into the sauce.
- Remove from heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons butter.
- Serve with fish, seafood, chicken, or other meat.