The Best Shrimp Po Boys Sandwich Recipe with Creamy Cajun Sauce

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Shrimp Po boys are the ultimate sandwich for seafood lovers! This sandwich is made with tender shrimp and drizzled in a creamy, spicy sauce. It’s topped with crunchy cabbage on a soft roll for the perfect balance of flavor, texture, and color.

It’s no wonder that shrimp sandwiches are so popular because they’re super easy to make! You can serve them as an appetizer or main course, but either way, you’ll want to keep this recipe around for when you need a quick meal.

two shrimp po boys on a plate with creamy cajun sauce

Shrimp Po Boys

Do you want a quick and easy meal to add to your dinner rotation? Do you love seafood and Cajun flavors? Then, look no further than this Shrimp Po Boy recipe. The spicy, buttery shrimp cooks up in just 20 minutes in 4 easy steps. The Cajun sauce is a perfect addition to this dish. And with our tips stated below, you can make it yourself in no time to spice up your dish.

If you love trying new sandwich recipes like this Shrimp Po Boy. Check out our full list of sandwich recipes, or our list of bread recipes so you can start your sandwich on a delicious slice of homemade bread. Some of our favorite sandwiches include the Ultimate BLTTurkey Sandwich with Brie, and this delicious Chicken Pesto Sandwich.

What is a Shrimp Po Boy?

This Southern favorite originated in Louisiana in the late 1920s. Workers who were on strike against a streetcar company and they were given free fried shrimp sandwiches by a local restaurant. The restaurant employees nicknamed the strikers “poor boys” and so the name “Po Boy” caught on. Traditionally, this po boys recipe is a classic sub sandwich served on a soft baguette roll with meat, usually fried seafood (oysters, shrimp, catfish, etc.). On occasion, you’ll find it served with beef or chicken.

Two sandwiches on a plate with creamy cajun sauce

How Do I Prepare the Shrimp for a Po Boy Sandwich?

Typically, the seafood is breaded and deep fried. You can bread it in cornmeal and a flour mixture, and cook in batches, frying in hot vegetable oil until the shrimp is golden brown and dry on paper towels. 

For this recipe however, we just grilled up some shrimp using butter, garlic and a spicy kick of Creole seasoning. If you don’t have Creole Seasoning in your kitchen – you are missing out! Our favorite is Tony Chahere’s Creole Seasoning.

You could also try seasoning your shrimp with a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, a little dash of hot sauce, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, Cajun seasoning, onion powder or spicy brown mustard.

Shrimp in a pan with butter, garlic, and cajun seasoning

The Secret’s in the Sauce

Smooth, creamy sauce atop the tender shrimp takes these sandwiches to the next level. Essentially, all it takes are just a few pantry staples including mayo, ketchup, and some spices. You won’t believe how delicious! Serve this sandwich, hot or cold, alongside some Baked Potato Wedges and use the sauce as a dip. When I make this recipe I first make the sauce. Then, I put it in the fridge while I make the rest of the meal. That way, the flavors have a chance to incorporate together. Top your sandwich with some crisp iceberg lettuce and fresh tomato too.

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Other Favorite Recipes from New Orleans

As you can see from these Shrimp Po Boys, we are big fans of the delicious flavors in the deep South; so make sure to try some of our yummy copycat recipes from our visits there:

If you are looking for another shrimp recipe from the other side of the map, try our Shrimp Tempura Rolls! 

Two shrimp po boys on a plate

Shrimp Po Boy with Creamy Cajun Sauce

4.91 from 31 votes
A Shrimp Po Boy is the ultimate sandwich for seafood lovers! Tender shrimp drizzled with creamy, spicy sauce topped with crunchy cabbage on a soft roll.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Cajun/Creole
Servings 4



For the Creamy Cajun Sauce:

For the shrimp:


  • Combine sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth. Set aside.
    Creamy cajun sauce
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat, add butter and garlic. When butter is hot and melted, add shrimp. Sprinkle Creole seasoning over the shrimp. It can be a little spicy so only sprinkle to your personal taste. When shrimp is pink all the way through, remove it from heat. Do not overcook.
    Shrimp in a pan with butter, garlic, and cajun seasoning
  • Split rolls open and divide shrimp evenly between each roll. Top with the creamy Cajun sauce and shredded cabbage, to taste. ENJOY!
    Shrimp Po Boys

Nutrition Information

Calories: 825kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 30gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 339mgSodium: 2040mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 975IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 194mgIron: 13mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Recipe sounds delish & I will try it out. It seems like a healthier alternative from the typical fried shrimp po’boy recipe. My only disagreement is using Tony Chahere’s seasoning. In my opinion it is way, way too salty. I’m from New Orleans & I will never use that seasoning. I suggest: Google Emeril’s creole seasoning recipe, or buy another store bought brand that’s not overly salty.

  2. I recently saw a Chef from NOLA (Kevin Belton) make these on TV, and he used Iceberg Lettuce NOT Cabbage, & he also added sliced tomatoes & thinly sliced Red Onion (separated into rings). He used used sub buns, which were crunchy on top. I don’t however, remember whether he used a special kind of sauce, or plain Mayo? Just sayin’……

    1. 5 stars
      Delicious. The whole family loved it. Question: can I freeze the extras? The recipe made too much for us. Thanks

  3. 4 stars
    Your recipe lists cabbage as an ingredient; however, your video shows you shredding iceberg lettuce. I would prefer lettuce.

  4. 5 stars
    Yummy! I love visiting the south and eating ALL the delicious foods. So glad I can have this authentic tasting meal at home… without the travel. IT’s SO good.

  5. 5 stars
    This was everything a gourmet sandwich should be, and then some! Easily, a new favorite recipe in my home!

  6. This looks so yummy! I am not usually a fan of horseradish sauce at least by itself. I’m thinking the sauce would be missing some of its flavor without it. Well, of course it would! But do you think it would be okay to cut back on it just a bit?

    1. Yes, if it’s not a taste you love, limit in the sauce or leave it out completely. You will still get a delicious Cajun flavor from the seasonings.

  7. 5 stars
    YUM! Love a good Shrimp Po Boy and this one is complete perfection! You got all of the spices just right. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    Just looking at these pictures I am hungryyy!! I need to try this out today – off to the store!

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