Fried Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwiches

Fried shrimp po boy sandwiches

​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
476 Calories
21g Fat
37g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 476
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 275mg 92%
Sodium 1630mg 71%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 34g
Calcium 263mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A staple of New Orleans cuisine, the po' boy sandwich harkens back to 1920s and was supposedly named for the men who were on strike from the railroad companies—the "poor boys." The sandwich features some sort of meat, though the type ranges from roast beef to fried seafood to sausage, that's served on French bread, usually a crusty baguette with a soft center. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp (think of 6 to 10 shrimp for each roll, depending on size)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (or Creole seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 small loaves of French bread (or 2 larger loaves, halved)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large tomato (sliced)
  • 2 cups lettuce (shredded)
  • 1 cup dill pickle chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for fried shrimp po boy
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  2. Peel the shrimp, but leave the tails on, if desired.

    Peel shrimp
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  3. With a sharp knife, make a shallow cut along the length of the back of a shrimp. Pull the dark vein out or scrape it out with the knife. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

    Make cut along shrimp
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  4. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water; pat dry.

    Rinse shrimp
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  5. Heat the oil to 375 F in a deep, heavy saucepan or deep fryer. Line a baking sheet or pan with a double layer of paper towels.

    Line a baking sheet
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  6. In a large bowl, combine the milk, hot sauce, and egg and whisk to blend.

    Combine milk and hot sauce
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  7. Add the shrimp to the mixture and let stand for 3 to 4 minutes.

    Add shrimp
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  8. In another bowl, combine the flour and cornmeal with the baking powder, Cajun or Creole seasoning, salt, and pepper.

    Combine cornmeal
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  9. Take the shrimp out of the milk and egg mixture and roll in the flour and cornmeal mixture. Coat the shrimp thoroughly.

    Take shrimp out of milk and egg
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  10. Drop several coated shrimp in the oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcrowd the shrimp or the oil will take longer to return to temperature and the coating will absorb more oil. 

    Drop shrimp in oil
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  11. With a slotted metal spoon, transfer the cooked shrimp to the paper towel-lined pan and repeat with the remaining shrimp.

    Transfer shrimp to pan
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  12. Slice the baguettes into serving lengths and split.

    Slice baguettes
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  13. Spread with mayonnaise and arrange the fried shrimp on the bread and top with tomato slices and shredded lettuce.

    Spread mayo
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  14. Serve with a side of the dill pickle chips and enjoy!

    Serve with chips
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Tips

  • "Dress" your po' boy with the traditional lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayonnaise. Hot sauce is optional. 
  • Instead of dressing the po' boy with regular mayonnaise, make a remoulade. Combine 2/3 cups mayonnaise, 1/3 cup parsley, 2 tablespoons mustard, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, the juice of one lemon, and two chopped green onions in a food processor or blender. Whizz until a smooth consistency is reached, and then season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Recipe Variations

  • Oyster Po' Boy: Replace the shrimp with around 16 medium-sized oysters, shucked, with the liquid reserved. Add the liquid to the milk, hot sauce, and egg mixture. Bread the oysters with the milk mixture and flour, cornmeal, and seasoning blend. 
  • Sausage Po' Boy: Replace the fried shrimp with 1 pound of andouille sausage cut into half-inch rounds. Instead of mayonnaise, serve with Creole-style or whole-grain mustard.