Easy Weeknight (Lightened Up) Shrimp Po’ Boys

Since I found this recipe for shrimp ceviche at the Durham Cookbook Rodeo this summer it’s been the only way I wanted to make shrimp but the other night I decided it was time to change things up and make a lightened up version of a fried shrimp po’ boy.

 A traditional New Orleans po’ boy (or poboy, po-boy, poor boy, whatever you prefer) is a style of sandwich.  The basics are a split baguette, crispy shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and remoulade drizzled on meat, seafood, sausage or whatever you want to be the star of your sandwich.

Fried shrimp or oysters are a popular choice but I elected to skip the breading/frying and cook my spiced shrimp in flavorful garlic and chives instead.  Make this for lunch or dinner and skip the bread to make this a salad.  We ate these as traditionnal sandwiches alongside some corn salad (recipe here.) DSC_0515

What to buy (serves 2):

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • lemon
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 10 ounces medium shrimp (about 20), peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 rolls, split horizontally and toasted
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup sliced tomatoes

What to do:

  • to make the remoulade: mix together 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, scallions, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste
  • heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat
  • meanwhile place shrimp in a bowl and toss with a pinch of salt and pepper and remaining six spices to coat
  • add garlic and scallions to pan and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant
  • add shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring until opaque
  • place a roll on each plate and top with lettuce and sliced tomato, spooning shrimp on top
  • drizzle with rémoulade and serve with hot sauce, if you like


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