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Shrimp Po Boys are the ultimate sandwich for seafood lovers! Tender shrimp drizzled with creamy, spicy sauce topped with crunchy cabbage on a soft roll.
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 a couple of minutes. Additionally, the sauce couldn’t be simpler to mix together. These sandwiches practically make themselves, yet they pack such a flavorful punch. They’re sure to become a family favorite!
We 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 BLT, Turkey 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Mini Beignets
- Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta
- Mint Juleps
- Cajun Chicken Po’ Boys
- Pecan Pralines
- Creole Butter Shrimp
- Cajun Style Grill Foil Packets
- One Pot Jambalaya Pasta
- Red Beans and Rice
If you are looking for another shrimp recipe from the other side of the map, try our Shrimp Tempura Rolls!
Shrimp Po Boy with Creamy Cajun Sauce
For the Creamy Cajun Sauce:
- Combine sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth. Set aside.
- 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.
- Split rolls open and divide shrimp evenly between each roll. Top with the creamy Cajun sauce and shredded cabbage, to taste. ENJOY!