Southern-Style Creamy Shrimp Over Rice

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


Southern-Style Creamy Shrimp Over Rice is easy to prepare and great for family gatherings or potlucks.


  • 6 cups cooked white rice, kept warm
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen peeled, cooked shrimp, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon OLD BAY Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce or to taste (optional)


MELT butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, green pepper, onion, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in evaporated milk, water and tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture just comes to a boil. Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture slightly thickens. Stir in shrimp, parsley, seasoning, salt and hot pepper sauce. Cook until heated through.

SERVE over rice.

NOTE:If a spicier dish is desired, substitute Creole seasoning for the OLD BAY Seasoning.

Quick and full of flavor

by C. Christina , Lake In The Hills, IL on Mar. 2009

Get your shrimp fix with this easy to prepare and family-pleasing meal. All in one pot (with rice on the side). Didn't have tomato paste, substituted tomato sauce for paste & water. Also substituted our favorite seasonings for parsley, Old Bay and salt. Sprinkled tobasco on adult portions. Mmmmm! Will definetly make this one again and again.

Simple and Great


We loved this recipe. Living on the gulf coast, I used fresh peeled and deveined shrimp instead of the frozen. I cooked them in a pan with a little olive oil and cayenne. I also substituted cayenne for the old bay as others suggested and used fat free evaporated milk. I will definately make this many more times.

Very Flavorful and Easy!!

by j. jaclyn , APO, AE on Mar. 2008

This meal has a lot of flavor. It is very easy and quick!! I enjoyed it very much!! I will make this agian.


by C. Cynthia , BEAR, DE on Feb. 2008

This was very good. My family loved it. I used angel hair pasta instead of rice. My husband will not touch it if there is rice in it. The next time I will use a heavier noodle like linguine.

creamy shrimp

by R. Rose , BADEN, PA on Sep. 2007

I liked this recipe but there was to much parsley. I'll make it again but use cilantro and I'm going to try chicken broth instead of water. It also could have used some extra tomato paste. My 13 yr old daughter loved it.

"Shrimply" Delicious

by J. Jan , BLYTHEVILLE, AR on Jun. 2007

It is hard to get my husband to eat rice, but he did with this and loved it. It will go into my "week night" file. Great!

this is a keeper

by a. amy , hampton, VA on Feb. 2007

Very easy to make, i used creole seasoning and it was really good and spicy.

A Definite Keeper!

by J. Julie , SC on May. 2006

My husband is the only one in our family of four that likes shrimp. The kids and I detest it, though I had to use up the shrimp in the freezer. After preparing this meal (with added oregano), I had seconds, one of my boys scarfed down fourths and my husband says it's his favorite shrimp recipe. I guess I will be buying shrimp again.


by N. , on Jan. 2006

This dish was wonderful! I have a very picky newlywed husband. He was very skeptical when he saw the dish at first, but with the first bite he asked when I was going to make it again! This dish is wonderful when you make it and still great the next day!

great recipe

by J. JAMIE , OKAY, OK on Mar. 2005

very good and easy to make