New Orleans has its fair share of one-of-a-kind culinary flavors and traditions, but New Orleans-style barbeque Shrimp stands out as one of the most iconic. With this easy shrimp po boy recipe, this unique New Orleans dish is made simple and quick.
Far from a traditional Texas or Kansas City barbeque, barbeque shrimp combines the tang of lemon butter and Worcestershire sauce with the spice of black pepper and chili flakes. New Orleans legend says it was invented at local restaurant Pascal’s Manale in the mid-1950s. It has been a staple in the city ever since.
Traditionally, making a barbeque shrimp po boy from scratch would take a lot of peeling and deveining shrimp, chopping garlic and onions, measuring butter, and shopping for seasonings. If you like to cook, or you have a lot of time, making barbeque shrimp the long way can be a fun experience. But we wager that our version is just as good. We also know that with no prep, no thaw step, and few (if any!) dirty dishes, it’s much easier to make.
Although New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp is served in many ways — over grits or with a tostada, to name a few — the BBQ Shrimp Po Boy stands tall as one of our favorites. And with Prime Shrimp’s New Orleans Style BBQ flavor, it’s ready in as little as 10 minutes. The most important points: you'll need a good French Bread and a lot of napkins.
Barbeque Shrimp Po Boy
This Prime Shrimp New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp Po Boy ready in as little as 8 minutes. The most important points: get a good French Bread and a lot of napkins.
- Prepare the Prime Shrimp according to package instructions.
While the shrimp is cooking, cut your French Bread into two sandwich buns. Now, there are a few ways to go about this. You can go the normal sandwich route and slice your bread, leaving one long end closed, to create a classic sandwich roll.
Option two is for those who want to get really authentic with this: hollow out your French bread from the end to create a sort of tube that the shrimp can be scooped into. This is how New Orleans’ most famous barbeque Shrimp Po Boys are served, including the revered version found at Liuzza's at the Track. Picture an oblong hybrid between a bread bowl and a burrito.
- Stuff half the shrimp into each sandwich roll and enjoy your shrimp po boy!
Note: BBQ Shrimp Po Boys are not traditionally served “dressed” (meaning with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise), but you can add any toppings you want to make this sandwich your own. Get creative; We won’t judge!