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Shrimp Po’Boy: the best-ever recipe for the famous New Orleans sandwich

Total time: 35 min + resting time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
For the fried shrimp
Kosher Salt
3 tsp
2 tsp
Garlic powder
1 tsp
Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp
Black pepper
1/2 tsp
raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tail removed
2 pounds
All-purpose flour
1 ½ cups
1 cup
1 cup
Hot sauce
3 tbsp
Oil for frying
For the remoulade sauce
1 cup
dill pickle relish
2 tbsp
Fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp
Hot sauce
2 tsp
capers, roughly chopped
2 tsp
1 ½ tsp
Dijon mustard
1 tsp
Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp
Garlic, minced
2 cloves
To assemble
8-inch long loaves split horizontally
shredded iceberg lettuce
sliced tomatoes
dill pickles, to garnish

With its crispy, flavorful battered shrimp, crunchy lettuce, tangy-spicy remoulade sauce, and tomato layered over thick, fluffy loaves of crusty bread, the Shrimp Po'Boy is one of the best sandwiches around. This famous, much-loved sandwich has origins in New Orleans during the early 20th century and remains one of the most popular and recognizable dishes in New Orleans' cuisine. The shrimp po'boy is a fantastic, hearty sandwich that's great for a delicious lunch or dinner.

What is a Shrimp Po'Boy?

The po'boy was first created in New Orleans. Often, it's made with seafood like crab, crawfish, catfish, oysters, or shrimp. There are also versions with roast beef. The sandwich is served on a crusty French roll and dressed with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and remoulade. The sandwich as we know it today comes from the Martins' Brothers French Market Restaurant, where in the early 1900s, streetcar workers went on strike and the brothers gave them free meals.

What to Serve with Shrimp Po'Boys

Keep things simple and serve your po'boy with a side of chips or fries, salads, and dirty rice go great with these tasty sandwiches.

How to Make Shrimp Po'Boy Sauce

To make the remoulade, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, cover, and refrigerate until you're done cooking the shrimp.


Tips for Making the Best Shrimp Po'Boy

– Look for medium to large shrimp for your po'boy.

– For a slightly healthier version of this sandwich, you can bake or grill your shrimp instead of frying them.

French loaves are the gold standard for po'boys. The crunchy crust and soft inside are fantastic for these big, hearty sandwiches.

– Fry the shrimp in batches. If you overcrowd the Dutch oven, the shrimp won't cook properly.

– There are many variations of the po'boy sandwich. Other versions are made with fried catfish, crawfish, oysters, or crab. Once you've mastered the shrimp po'boy, try one of these tasty alternatives!

– If you like a thicker, crunchier coating on your shrimp, you can repeat the dipping process.

Can I Store Shrimp Po'Boys?

Shrimp po'boys are best eaten immediately. Leftovers can be stored wrapped in cling film in the fridge and eaten within 1-2 days.

How to Make a Shrimp Po'Boy

Whisk paprika, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a bowl to combine. Split the mixture in half. Add flour and cornmeal to one half of the mix, stirring to combine.

Toss the shrimp in the remaining spice mix.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk buttermilk and hot sauce.

Dip the shrimp in the buttermilk, then transfer to the seasoned flour mixture. Once all the shrimp have been battered, refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

Heat about 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven. When the temperature hits 350°F, fry the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown, then set on a paper towel to drain. Repeat until all the shrimp are cooked.

Cut the loaves of bread in half. Spread the remoulade over the bread, then add the tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce, followed by the shrimp. Serve hot.


You can use any kind of hot sauce you prefer, but try Louisiana-style hot sauce for the most authentic flavor.

Use an oil with a high smoking temperature like vegetable, corn, or canola oil.

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