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Oven Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy

A bit healthier version of the traditional fried shrimp Po' Boy sandwich made famous in New Orleans. A baguette is topped with a lively remoulade sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and oven "fried" shrimp.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Oven Fried Shrimp Po' Boy - A classic New Orleans Shrimp Po' Boy made a little lighter by oven frying the shrimp. A grand Southern treat! https://www.lanascooking.com/oven-fried-shrimp-po-boy

Oven Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy – A classic New Orleans Shrimp Po’ Boy made a little lighter by oven frying the shrimp.

Summer weather always calls for sandwiches in my world. Often they’re cold cuts packed in a picnic basket with a salad or two, some pickles and chips, and maybe a few cold slices of watermelon for dessert.

Oven Fried Shrimp Po' Boy - A classic New Orleans Shrimp Po' Boy made a little lighter by oven frying the shrimp. A grand Southern treat! https://www.lanascooking.com/oven-fried-shrimp-po-boy

Sometimes they’re the leftovers of a rotisserie chicken dinner grabbed from the deli case on my way out of the grocery store. But sometimes…sometimes…they’re a grand Southern treat.

A Po’ Boy – filled with delicately fried seafood, a piquant remoulade sauce, crispy lettuce, and tart tomatoes, the sandwich for which New Orleans is known – is my favorite version of this famous sandwich. There are many more versions including roast beef and fried chicken. Some even include french fries! Yeah, count me in on that one, too.

Where Did That Name Come From?

According to several sources, the term “Po’ Boy” originated with the Martin Brothers’ restaurant. Though the traditional submarine sandwich had long been served, the term “Po’ Boy” caught on during a prolonged streetcar workers’ strike in 1929.

The Martins, former streetcar workers themselves, pledged to support the strikers with a free meal to any members of Division 194. The brothers said, “We are with you till h–l freezes, and when it does, we will furnish blankets to keep you warm.” Bennie Martin said, “We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended. Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.'” Local dialect being what it is, you can easily imagine how that eventually came to be “Po’ Boy.”

This Oven Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy recipe was adapted from an old issue of Cooking Light magazine. I was a bit skeptical at first of the oven frying bit, but was very pleasantly surprised with the result! I can’t claim that it’s exactly the same as good old deep fried shrimp, but it runs a pretty close second.

How to Make Oven Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

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Make the Remoulade Sauce

Ingredients for the Remoulade sauce in a small bowl.

First, prepare your remoulade sauce by just combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the rest of the recipe.

Prepare the Shrimp

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Leave the baking sheet in the oven while prepping the shrimp.

Photo collage showing how to prep the shrimp for oven frying.

Place the shrimp in a small bowl and sprinkle with flour and salt. Toss so that the shrimp is evenly coated.

Pour the buttermilk over the shrimp. Stir to coat all the shrimp with buttermilk. Drain briefly to remove excess buttermilk.

In a zip-top bag, combine the cornmeal, Creole seasoning and salt. Add the drained shrimp to the bag and shake to coat the shrimp evenly with the cornmeal mixture.

Coated shrimp on baking pan ready for the oven.

Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from oven. Drizzle with the oil.

Remove the shrimp from the bag, shaking off any excess cornmeal mixture. Arrange the shrimp evenly spaced on the hot pan. Bake for 5 minutes.

Turn the shrimp and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until done. The shrimp should feel slightly firm to the touch.

Assemble the Sandwich

Prepping the baguette for the sandwich.

While the shrimp are cooking, prepare the bread. Cut the baguette or loaf in half and remove the excess interior of the bread. You don’t have to remove the interior part, but I think it makes it a lot easier to keep the filling inside if you do.

Assembling the sandwich with baguette, lettuce, tomato, and Remoulade sauce.

Spread the bottom half with half of the remoulade. Top with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Place the cooked shrimp on top of the tomatoes and top with the remaining remoulade and the other half of the baguette.

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Oven Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy

A bit healthier version of the traditional fried shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich made famous in New Orleans. A baguette is topped with a lively remoulade sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and oven “fried” shrimp.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 583kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the remoulade:

  • 2 tablespoons green onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers drained, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon coarse grainy mustard
  • Large pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 small garlic clove very finely chopped

For the shrimp:

  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola or olive oil

For assembly:

  • 1 multi-grain baguette or French loaf
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Thinly sliced tomato

Instructions

  • Prepare the remoulade – combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Leave the baking sheet in the oven while prepping the shrimp.
  • Place the shrimp in a small bowl and sprinkle with flour and salt. Toss so that the shrimp is evenly coated. Pour the buttermilk over the shrimp. Stir to coat all the shrimp with buttermilk. Drain briefly to remove excess buttermilk.
  • In a zip-top bag, combine the cornmeal, Creole seasoning and salt. Add the drained shrimp to the bag and shake to coat the shrimp evenly with the cornmeal mixture.
  • Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from oven. Drizzle with the oil. Remove the shrimp from the bag, shaking off any excess cornmeal mixture. Arrange the shrimp evenly spaced on the hot pan.
  • Bake for 5 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until done. The shrimp should feel slightly firm to the touch.
  • While the shrimp are cooking, prepare the bread. Cut the baguette or loaf in half and remove excess interior of the bread. Spread the bottom half with half of the remoulade. Top with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Place the cooked shrimp on top of the tomatoes and top with the remaining remoulade and the other half of the baguette.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 2001mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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14 Comments

  1. Now THIS is a sandwich. OMG you did a fab job. Thank you for the oven fried aspect of the fixing the shrimp. Sauce in that sandwich is to die for. Yum!

  2. If I make these my hubby and mother will no doubt be shoving each other out of the way to get to them!

  3. I’ve never heard of a po boy before!! But then again, I’ve never been to New Orleans. I love sandwiches in the summer, as well :) Looks good!

    1. I was surprised that the lightened version was so good. Still loved the fried version, though :-)