February 28, 2022

Crispy Shrimp Po'Boy with Old Bay Sauce

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
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Crispy fried shrimp with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a creamy old sauce come together to make this Shrimp Po'Boy unforgettable! Pile everything on top of a french baguette and you've got the perfect Cajun-inspired meal that's sure to please!

Make this Shrimp Po'Boy with my New Orleans Style Beignets or my Crispy Oven Baked Cajun BBQ Wings!

shrimp po'boy on a serving tray with sauce

easy and delicious shrimp po'boy

Every time I go to New Orleans, I make it a point to go to the French quarter to get a po'boy! The crispy fried shrimp is my favorite. I love walking around the market and seeing all of the vendors but the food is what hooks me every time! With Mardi Gras coming up, I've been dreaming of the Big Easy lately. Since I can't visit, I've decided to bring a piece of it home and make these super easy and delicious shrimp po'boys.

To make the shrimp nice and crispy I soak it in milk for bout 10 minutes then coat it in seasoned flour and fry it up! Then I make the creamy old bay sauce that goes perfectly with the shrimp.

sandwiches on a tray with potato chips and lemon wedges

what is a po'boy?

A po'boy is a sandwich that is typically on a french loaf of bread. It has fried meat (shrimp, beef, chicken, osyters etc) and is topped with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and a sauce - usually mayo or Creole sauce/remoulade.

a hand holding a shrimp poboy

why is it called a po'boy?

I read this article and found it super interesting and an exceptional read about the cultural history and influence on New Orleans cuisine!

A po'boy was a sandwich given to newly unemployed streetcar workers who were on strike - hence the name "Po'boy". The poor boys would receive stale bread and beef sandwiches as handouts and the term quickly caught on and became a staple in New Orleans cuisine. The fillings for these tasty sandwiches range from shrimp to oysters, beef to chicken!

shrimp poboy with a lemon wedge

the best bread for po'boys

The bread is a critical component of this shrimp po'boy, so make sure to use a french laof or baguette. The bread is a critical aspect of the po'boy so keep this in mind when making this recipe.

what is on a shrimp po'boy?

A po'boy typically consists of:

  • fried shrimp
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • sauce - whether it be mayo or remoulade.. or in this case, an old bay sauce!

It varies what's on a po'boy but this is the formula!

how to you make shrimp po'boy

  1. Start by soaking shrimp in milk and seasonings. Then dredge it in the flour mixture (flour and seasonings).
  2. Make the old bay sauce by combining all of the ingredients (listed below) and mix together until smooth.
  3. Fry the shrimp in oil for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. Spread the old bay sauce on the buns and add lettuce, tomato, red onion, and shrimp.
  5. Eat up!

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shrimp po'boy on a serving tray with sauce

Crispy Shrimp Po'Boy

Crispy fried shrimp with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a creamy old sauce come together to make this Shrimp Po'Boy unforgettable!
Serving: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Calories: 740kcal


  • 1 lb 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • thyme
  • Smoked paprika
  • 4 french bread/rolls
  • vegetable oil
  • lettuce, sliced
  • beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
  • red onion, thinly sliced

Old Bay Sauce

  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Mayo 
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning
  • ½ lemon, juiced/squeezed 
  • 3 tbsps sour cream
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes


  • Add shrimp to a large bowl and season with red pepper flakes, ground coriander, and onion powder. Add milk and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine flour, chili powder, garlic powder, parsley, thyme, and smoked paprika. Mix together.
  • While shrimp is sitting, make the old bay sauce. In a small bowl, combine dijon mustard, mayo, old bay seasoning, lemon juice, sour cream, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Mix together until smooth.
  • Heat about 1-inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once shrimp is finished sitting, dip each shrimp in the flour mixture. It should be fully submerged. Remove it and set it aside on a plate or cooling rack.
  • Test the oil by adding a tiny pinch of flour. If the flour bubbles, the oil is ready. Add 4-5 shrimp to the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until shrimp is crispy and golden.
  • Spread old bay sauce on the buns. Place lettuce, tomato, red onions, and shrimp into the buns.


Calories: 740kcal
Course: Cajun, Dinner, Lunch, Seafood
Cuisine: American, Creole, Creole Inspired

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  1. Enjoyed it VERY MUCH!!! That sauce was the BOMB!!! Thanks for the recipe. I'll try more of them 😁

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been to New Orleans and had their poboys and I can honestly say this one was the BEST I’ve ever had/made. The old bay sauce was delicious, I’m going to use the sauce on everything!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This sandwich is everything and then some! It is such a light and nice treat for lunch! BUT what makes it even more enjoyable is the delicious sauce! Myself and my belly enjoyed these!