Shrimp Po’ Boy

My all-time FAVORITE sandwich is the shrimp Po’ Boy! Our favorite restaurant in town is Cajun and I always order the fried shrimp Po’ Boy.  I mean always.  I have absolutely never ordered any other entree. If someone else at the table orders something different I try it but refuse to order different for myself.

Do you have a restaurant favorite entree? Somewhere you refuse to order anything but your go-to dish?

Actually, if we go to another restaurant that also serves fried shrimp Po’ Boys that’s what I usually order too.  Unless I feel like the place couldn’t measure up. Which is usually the case.

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Shrimp Po’ Boy

Shrimp Po' Boy in a brown paper lined red basket

This dish was another we tried in our new, ever dreaded deep dryer.  

I have to confess and say this shrimp Po’ Boy was better than our favorite restaurant’s sandwich. Ok, I said it. I can’t believe I just admitted that to you.

Shrimp Po' Boy close up

Simple and quick to prepare plus absolutely mouth-watering.  How can you go wrong? Prepare the sauce and refrigerate while preparing the shrimp and toppings.

shrimp in wet batter

Peel, devein, and rinse the shrimp.  Mix buttermilk and creole seasoning in a medium bowl, add the shrimp, and set aside.

In another bowl whisk the cornmeal, flour, creole seasoning, and pepper.

Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350 degrees F.

shrimp in the cornmeal dredge

Remove a few shrimp from the buttermilk, toss in the dry mixture and shake off excess. Do this in batches until all the shrimp are coated.

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battered shrimp in a mesh strainer

Deep fry the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.  

Assemble the Po’ Boys on French bread top with shredded lettuce, tomato, and prepared remoulade sauce.

Shrimp Po' Boy in a brown paper lined basket

I promise this is one of the best shrimp Po’ Boy sandwiches you will ever eat. Really, I swear on this one! We are still talking about them and are planning another Deep Fry Fest.

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Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy Recipe

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5 from 1 vote

Shrimp Po’ Boy

This Shrimp Po' Boy recipe delivers a thin, crispy batter-fried shrimp with a tangy creole sauce. Cajun food at it's best!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main, Sandwich
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: fried, New Orleans, po boy, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 1045kcal
Author: DSTR


The Sauce

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp Horseradish
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning depends on how spicy you want it
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice

Buttermilk Mixture

  • 1 Lb Shrimp We used large
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Creole seasoning

Dry Mixture

  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp Fresh ground black powder

The Sandwiches

  • 4 medium French bread loaves or hogies
  • Lettuce shredded
  • Tomatoes sliced
  • Creole Sauce above


  • Preheat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350 degrees.
  • Rinse, peel, devein shrimp. (remove tail)
  • Mix buttermilk with 2 tsp creole seasoning in a medium bowl, add shrimp.
  • Mix cornmeal, flour, 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning and black pepper in a large bowl.
  • Working in batches, remove the shrimp from the buttermilk and transfer them to the dry mixture. Dredge to coat, shake to remove any excess.
  • Fry the shrimp in small batches in the oil until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Assemble Po’ boys as desired.


Calories: 1045kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 2042mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1678IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 8mg

Sauce recipe from favfamilyrecipes

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  1. Reply

    Can I just say I love po’ boys and it has been too long since I have had one! This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Reply

      I too LOVE po’ boys and this is my absolute favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Reply

    I love po’boys, this sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Joy!

  3. Reply

    This looks really yummy, and I can only imagine how delish that sauce you put on top of the shrimp must be. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  4. Reply

    I have to confess I’ve never heard of a shrimp po’ boy before your post. But I’m glad I have, it looks delicious. We don’t have a fryer so I don’t think I’d make it myself, but if we ever go someplace where this is on the menu I’m going to give it a try on your recommendation! Hope to see you next week,

    Sally @ Life Loving

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