Prawn/Shrimp Po'Boy

Serves 4 Prep Time 10 minutes   Cook Time 12 minutes   Rated:

You say prawn, I say shrimp! Although not exactly the same creature, the taste is almost identical and without going into leg count, which is a little bit creepy to think about, I am hoping we are on the same page when it comes to this delicious sandwich! The po’boy gets its name because it was largely eaten by workers in the deep south and was a cheap enough meal for even the poorest worker to afford.

Although this sandwich is using prawns or shrimp, po’boys often have beef with gravy, other fried seafood or chicken breasts. A ‘French Po’boy’ even has fries stuffed into the rolls. They are almost always dressed with a hot sauce or, as in this case, a remoulade and pickles.

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Place the salt, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder, paprika, oregano, thyme and black pepper into a shallow bowl and combine with a fork.


Toss the prawns with the spice mix.


Place the buttermilk into a bowl, and in a third bowl whisk the flour and cornmeal together.


Heat enough oil in a shallow frying pan to 170°C. You should be able to submerge a batch of shrimp in a single layer.


Dip the seasoned prawns into the buttermilk and then coat with the flour mixture.


Working in batches, fry prawns, stirring occasionally until golden brown and just cooked through, about 1 teaspoon dried 4 minutes per batch.


Transfer cooked prawns onto paper towels to drain.


Open rolls and spread with the Creole Remoulade and Sweet Pickle Relish to taste. Top with the cooked prawns. Serve immediately.

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