Shrimp Po’ Boys

You guys, I have to tell you something.

And I swear, you simply must take my word on this, because I’m kind of freaking myself out a little.

Yesterday I went to buy groceries for this here po’ boy post and when I got to the “hoagie” part of the list, I decided at the very last second to buy a long French baguette and cut it into fourths.

…Guess what.


The bread! Swear it to the max. I just wiki’d it to find out more about this sub sammy that never ceases to make embarrassing amounts of saliva fall out of my head, and the very first sentence said this:

“Bev, once again you have proven genius detection in the ingredient arena and naturally knew to pick out a French baguette for this New Orleans classic sub. Nice job, woman. P.S. Your new hair color is absolutely gorgeous.”

Or something like that. Whatever.

Point is: you seriously need to make these. They’re spicy, chewy, crunchy, shrimpy, and will have you suiting up to white water raft through vicious rivers of your own drool.

Shrimp Po’ Boys:

What it took for 4 6-inch subs:

* 3 Tbs. canola mayonaise
* 1 Tbs. hot sauce (like Franks or Tobasco)
* 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* 2 Tbs. herbs de provence
* 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
* 1 Tbs. Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming seasoning
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 pound frozen shrimp (thawed, peeled and deveined)
* 1 French baguette, cut into fourths and toasted
* 1 roma tomato, sliced, for garnish
* 1 cup (or more) arugula, for garnish

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, hot sauce and lemon juice. Stir until combined and set aside.

In another little bowl, combine the herbs de provence, paprika, Arizona Dreaming, garlic powder and cayenne. Toss over the shrimp, coating them.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the shrimp and sear on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and sear 30 more seconds. Remove from heat.

Spread the mayo along the inside of the baguette. Layer with tomato, arugula and seared shrimp.

You just have no idea.

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31 Responses to Shrimp Po’ Boys

  1. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm #
    Okay, I don't love shrimp--but I think I could easily devour a couple of these, they look amazing!
  2. nicole b. November 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm #
    Annnnd, I'm adding these ingredients to my grocery list. Thanks, Bev! xo.
  3. Lisa [With Style and Grace] November 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm #
    Goodness gracious, these are the most beautiful Po' Boys I've ever seen! I'll take 2.
  4. Kelley November 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm #
    Be still my beating heart. I have a wee bit obsession with the po boy and all things New Orleans.
  5. Laurie @SimplyScratch November 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm #
    I <3 Po' Boys! Seriously that last pic is stunning!!
  6. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm #
    Your photos are amazing! Love your combination of ingredients, I need a po' boys now! Delicious!
  7. Lauren November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm #
    I think I need to kick your neighbors out and move in...and then come over every day.
  8. cassie//bake your day November 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm #
    Delicious, Bev. We make similar po' boys all the time. Shrimp is Paul's favorite!
  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm #
    Could I please have that kitchen towel made up into a beach towel or just about anything else. Love it. And love your story :)
  10. JulieinMI November 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm #
    Arizona Dreaming spice??? never heard of til now.
  11. Nutmeg Nanny November 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm #
    This looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of's my favorite food :)
  12. Horizon At Fleetwood November 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm #
    The Po Boys look fantastic--what a great way to spice up the fall!
  13. Katie November 2, 2011 at 2:04 am #
    Do you know how hilariously awesome I think you are? I laugh through every one of your posts...then read part of it to Meeker...then he laughs and we talk about how funny you are. You are a household name. And these look insanely delicious. Obviously.
    • Bev Weidner November 2, 2011 at 2:18 am #
      You make my day. Every. Single. One. Of. My. Days.
  14. Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams November 2, 2011 at 3:10 am #
  15. Ashley@BakerbyNature November 5, 2011 at 3:54 am #
    It's almost midnight and here I am, curling up with my computer reading this post... and ready to chew through the screen. These are being made. I am stumped on one ingredient - Arizona dreaming seasoning? Any substitute (or know where to get it)? I need this Po'Boy in my life.
  16. Teri Lyn Fisher November 6, 2011 at 6:37 am #
    Whoa. These look SO amazing.
  17. Dev November 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm #
    This recipe looks AMAZING. Had a shrimp poboy a few years back and can't get them out of my head. Plus, the simplicity can't be beat. You are a god among humans and I am so excited to make this!
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