Seared Shrimp Po’ Boys with Creole Slaw

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Celebrating Mardi Gras with these Seared Shrimp Po’ Boys and Creole Slaw! They’re a super tasty, easy and healthy twist on the Louisiana classic that’s perfect any time of year.

New Orleans is known for its jazz, and of course, incredible food. Getting lured into open-air cafes by the aroma of po’ boys, ettouffes, and gumbos is just human. New Orleans will toss out every new year’s resolution you made, and you’ll have a blast doing it, guaranteed.

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How to Make Seared Shrimp Po’ Boys w/ Creole Slaw

When it comes to shrimp or oyster po’ boys, they’re typically battered and deep-fried. I’d much rather lighten things up by searing the creole-seasoned shrimp and pocketing those calories for a beignet later.

You can certainly buy creole seasoning, but it’s so easy to make a batch of your own. I use the one and only Emeril Lagasse’s Creole Essence to have on hand at all times. It’s great on seafood, fish, beef, pork, and poultry. The recipe is included in the notes or you can grab it here.

Seared Shrimp w/ Creole Spices in Cast Iron Skillet

It takes just a minute or two per side to sear the plump shrimp to perfection in a hot skillet. The seasoning encrusts the shrimp as they cook for deepened delicious flavor.

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The creole mustard based slaw is all of ten ingredients and complements the seared shrimp perfectly. Plus, you can prep it in advance.?

Shrimp Po' Boys with Slaw

Once your shrimp are ready to go, halve fresh rolls and slather them with remoulade or mayo, add crisp Boston lettuce, and pile on the shrimp. Topping with the tangy slaw and some pickles add super scrump flavor and crunch. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy. Cheers to Mardi Gras, friends!

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Seared Shrimp Po’ Boys with Creole Slaw

Plump shrimp perfectly spiced and seared then piled on fresh rolls and topped with crunchy, tangy slaw. A delicious, quick, easy and healthier twist on the Creole classic!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine Creole
Keyword creole food, creole po boy, po boy, shrimp po boy
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 po’ boys
Author Kim Peterson

Ingredients

Shrimp Po’ Boys

  • 1 ½ pounds large shrimp (21-25 ct), peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 2 ½ tablespoons creole seasoning, homemade* or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 long hoagie rolls, halved
  • 4 tablespoons remoulade sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 8 leaves Boston lettuce
  • Pickle slices

Creole Slaw

  • ½ head of small green cabbage, cored and thinly shredded
  • ½ head of small red cabbage, cored and thinly shredded
  • ½ red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Creole mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Shrimp Po’ Boys

  • In a medium bowl, combine the shrimp and creole seasoning. Rub the seasoning into the shrimp until well coated. Set aside while making the slaw. (Can be prepped 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.)
  • When ready, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the shrimp in a single layer. Cook 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side until the shrimp are opaque in the center.
  • To assemble, spread about a tablespoon of remoulade sauce on each roll. Place 2 Boston lettuce leaves in the roll. Divide shrimp among the rolls. Top with slaw and pickles. Enjoy!

Creole Slaw

  • In a large bowl, combine the cabbages, red onion and green onion.
  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, sugar and celery seeds. Slowly whisk in olive oil in a steady stream.
  • Add enough dressing to coat the slaw. Cover and chill any remaining dressing for another use.
  • Season slaw with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve on po’ boys or as a side dish.

Notes

*Emeril Lagasse’s Creole Essence – combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
 

1 Comment

  1. I’m not very familiar with the Louisiana cuisine, but I love all shrimp recipes…well with the exception of battered and fried shrimp – not a huge fan. Thus, you’ve created a perfect recipe (I believe specially for me) 😉 Delicious!

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