This Best Easy Blackened Shrimp Po' Boy recipe is the perfect handheld addition of flavor to your day and summer! Completely packed with bold, spicy cajun flavors, this recipe comes based with a tender buttery brioche roll which is then topped with well-seasoned colossal shrimp, dill pickles, roasted corn, and sliced tomatoes; all of which will leave you having more than a few bites! Completely easy to make, the perfect weeknight meal, completely family-friendly, and ready in under 30 short minutes.All dairy-free ingredients + a gluten-free option.
What are the three words that come to mind when you see this Po' Boy recipe I'm sure that you're thinking of Flavor, Flavor, and MORE FLAVOR. Haha. The Best Easy Blackened Shrimp Po' Boy recipe is truly heaven, ya'll. These po' boys come with layer of seasoning, complex textures which adds to every bite, and an epic po' boy sauce that brings everything together! Oh and if you love sandwiches, then this Southern Honey Mustard Chicken Bacon Sandwich is so delish!
For this sandwich recipe, you definitely don't need a reason to make it like a special occasion, holiday, etc. All you truly need is the full availability of these ingredients, a small bit of time, and wallah! It's the perfect easy weeknight dinner at home for the entire family or a nice quick lunch! And if you're truly into blackened seasoning flavors, then you're guaranteed to love this Creamy Blackened Salmon Chowder, Roasted Cauliflower Green Goddess Salad, and Weeknight Broccoli Pesto Gnocchi + Chickpeas. Plus, these Easy Weeknight Blackened Chicken Tacos are on weekly rotation in our house and they're a definite crown-pleaser!
Overall, these blackened shrimp Po' boys are super easy to make, only uses a few staple ingredients, hints of spicy or sweet flavors, includes an ultra creamy sauce, comforting + cozy, and flavorful. Plus, it's dairy-free + with a gluten-free option.
A Po' Boy is a sandwich that originated from Louisiana and it is considered a Po' Boy when it consists of meat (usually roasted or fried) and served on a crusty french bread. Whereas, a sandwich can be created with almost any type of bread and doesn't have to include meat. Also, sandwiches generally have an array of topping, while a Po' Boy's main attributes are the meat/bread combo which creates a "crispy crust + fluffy center".
Since it's the Summer and has officially begun grilling season and less heavy cooking, I felt like these Po' Boys could be the perfect family meal to make without compromising flavor.
Plus, the bold flavors of this easy Po' boy sauce is so good, which makes for the perfect tie together of flavors in this sandwich! It's an easy whip together and entirely dairy-free----including ingredients like vegan mayo, mustard powder, cajun or creole seasoning, sweet relish, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce (for a little kick), lemon juice, and plant-based milk.
There are FOUR components to this delicious Po' Boy sandwich: the brioche rolls, blackened shrimp, toppings, and the sauce.
Start by prepping your ingredients: season + cook your shrimp, roast or boil the corn, and slice your tomatoes. You could also roast and season your tomatoes for extra flavor. Then you toast the rolls by spreading softened butter in between them and adding them to the oven for a few minutes. You'll need to whisk together your Po' Boy sauce and set it aside. Then, it's a simple matter of assembling each sandwich to perfection! Wallah!
Here’s what you need for this po' boy recipe:
OK, so if you’re still not entirely sold on these Shrimp Po' Boy sandwiches, then let me tell you what’s so great about them. These sandwiches are:
Sure, you can find pre-made seasoning blends at the grocery store. But there's nothing like the fresh, customized flavor you get by making your own blend. The herbs and spices in the Blackened spice mix for this recipe are inspired by my love for bold flavor, rather similar to cajun seasoning (except that blackened seasoning isn't as spicy).
You can Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months as you would your regular ones. Use it on anything from simple roasted vegetables to salad dressing to herb oil for dipping bread or other meats/meat alternatives.
What You'll Need:
NOTE: For the smoked paprika, you'll use about 1 Tbsp, while you'll need ½ teaspoon for the cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon for everything else.
This is a great recipe for meal prep. Simply prepare the shrimp and season it one day prior to making it (without the cornmeal or lemon juice, of course!). Store it in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also roast the corn and whip together the po' boy sauce a day or two before and store in airtight containers in the fridge as well. The day of----prep your remaining ingredients, toast the rolls, and follow cooking instructions to assemble and wallah.
Like many other sandwiches, I love eating these shrimp po' boys with something light like potato chips or french fries. However, you can mix and match your sides from one of the following options:
When it comes to any meat, I love to marinate overnight or at least a few hours prior to cooking it. Personally, I am a love of FLAVOR, therefore, marinating gives my taste buds the ultimate satisfaction of tasting bold flavors in every bite.
This recipe calls for the same process. I definitely recommend marinating your shrimp prior to making this po' boy recipe to ensure that the spicy cajun flavors are fully absorbed and soaked into each bite as well as get that beautiful 'blackened' char look.
TO MARINATE OVERNIGHT: Simply prep your shrimp by rinsing them off with vinegar and/or lemon or lime, patting them dry, and then adding the seasonings. You'll want to save the cornmeal and lemon juice for the moment you're ready to cook your shrimp to avoid making the cornmeal soggy.
Cover everything in a bowl and refrigerate overnight or for at least a few hours and let all the juices do it’s “magic”.
In the original Po' Boy, it's filled with roast beef on french bread, however, there are now many variations of Po' Boys which includes fried seafood like shrimp, crawfish, fish, oysters, or crab.
Remoulade Sauce is a classic spicy condiment from Louisiana which is often topped on Po' Boy sandwiches. It starts with a mayonnaise base that's kicked up with Cajun seasoning, whole grain mustard, hot sauce and grated fresh horseradish.
Traditionally, a french bread like a baguette is used for Po' Boy sandwiches. However, you can also use brioche buns or rolls like in this recipe.
Based on history, crusty bread was the easiest and most efficient thing to feed a crowd. Therefore, when a striker came buy to get a sandwich, they would call out, “here comes another poor boy,” as the striker approached. That's how this New Orleans classic became known as the “poor boy” and was abridged to “po-boy”.
Best if sandwiches are consumed within the same day. However, individual ingredients (shrimp + roasted corn) can be stored separately in air-tight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Add leftover sauce to your favorite mason jar or tightly sealed container and refrigerate for 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
Absolutely! To make this po' boy sandwich gluten-free simply ensure that the bread is GF-friendly as well as the cornmeal.
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