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Shrimp Po Boy Recipe

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On our last trip to New Orleans, we learned a few things about po’ boys:

  1. Po’ boys are worth walking miles for. If the trolley breaks down on the way to your favorite po’ boy shop, and the driver yells at you to get off, you get off and start walking. Don’t take your eye off the prize: the piping hot po’ boy.
  2. Po’ boy ingredients vary by the day. If your po’ boy maker didn’t like the look of oysters that morning on the dock, he won’t buy them. And there won’t be oyster po’ boys that day.
  3. When ordering a po’ boy, order it dressed. You yourself do not have to be dressed to eat one.
  4. Not all po’ boys contain fried seafood. A lemon garlic butter sauce is a delicious alternative.
  5. You can make po’ boys yourself at home. It’s true!
Shrimp Po Boy Photo

A hot po’ boy is a favorite weekend lunch for me. I start with a soft wheat roll. They look like puffier hot dog rolls. In New Orleans, they use a super soft French bread roll.

I split the rolls, and then lightly butter the insides. While they toast, I whip up a spicy mayo sauce. I gather up my cold ingredients for dressing. And then, when everything else is ready, I start cooking my shrimp. Your goal is hot shrimp and cold dressing ingredients. Since we’re only making two po’ boys, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Shrimp Po Boy Photo

Shrimp Po Boy Recipe

Christina Lane
This shrimp po boy recipe will make you feel like you are back in New Orleans!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 2 1 po boy
Calories 401.64 kcal


  • 2 roll (1 oz) wheat roll
  • 1 tbsp Butter softened, divided
  • 0.33 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon Cajun Creole Seasoning
  • 6 ounce Shrimp cleaned and tail-less
  • 0.25 tsp Garlic fresh, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Onion chopped, to taste
  • Tomato chopped, to taste


  • Split the wheat rolls and butter the insides with half the butter. Toast the bread in a warm oven.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the mayonnaise and Cajun seasoning and set aside.
  • Preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining butter to the skillet. When it starts to sizzle, add the shrimp and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. After 1 minute, stir the shrimp and let them cook on the other side for another 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook. When done, add the lemon juice and stir.
  • Assemble sandwiches: To each side of the bread, spread the mayonnaise mixture. Top with lettuce, shrimp, then onionsand tomatoes. Serve hot.


Calories: 401.64kcalCarbohydrates: 21.24gProtein: 23.33gFat: 19.37gSaturated Fat: 1.82gSodium: 1170.72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2.48g
Keyword Cajun, Cooking for Couples, Lunches, Sandwiches, Shrimp
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