Let’s take a trip to New Orleans without leaving our own kitchens! Don’t you love digging into a classic sandwich such as the Shrimp Po’ Boy. It has everything you enjoy about a satisfying, filling, hit-the-spot kinda meal.
If you’ve been looking for a recipe that allow will allow you to stay under 500 calories then you have found it! This includes the Shrimp Po Boy sauce, and making it is a must!
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Get your skillet out and break out those Mardis Gras beads, it’s time to get busy! But keep your shirt on, we’re cooking!
One of the things you’ll notice about this super easy Shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich, or “Poor Boy Sandwich” recipe is that there are few slight adjustments to help get this under 500 calories. You won’t sacrifice taste, texture, or satisfaction to get there either. With a few simple tweaks, this delicious dish will never let you down! Hint: no mayo!
To reduce the calories in this meal, which can easily add up, we need to pick our ingredients wisely. First, you will want to choose a whole wheat bread over traditional white.
You will also want to choose whole wheat breadcrumbs over regular, and if possible, with no cheese added.
Finally, making the po boy sauce will need to be adjusted and not include any mayo. This will be a ketchup based sauce.
Po Boy Sauce
Here is where this sandwich gets fun. A good condiment can make or break a sandwich and this one is on point for sure. While some recipes may call for a remoulade to be used as the po boy sauce, we are opting for an alternative without the mayo.
In this recipe, we’ll make a spicy ketchup instead! The best part is that you can tweak and adjust based on your preferences. I like a lot of kick and spice in mine but if you’re looking to tone it down, reduce the amount of hot sauce and chili powder.
Make the sauce ahead of time to allow the ingredients to marry and develop. Letting it sit will completely change the flavor profile so make it a good hour before you need it. I promise, this is a super key step for maximum flavor.
Once you’re ready to add it to the sandwich, add it generously! Spoon the spicy ketchup onto both sides of the bread and then add the rest of fresh veggies.
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This is just another great budget friendly recipe that will keep your bellies full! Don’t you love being able to pull as many ingredients you already have readily available at home to cut down on groceries?!
Shrimp Po’ Boy Recipe
One of the classic ingredients of this recipe is the crispy fried shrimp. So, most importantly, when you’re frying your shrimp, make sure your heat your pan well enough before adding the breaded shrimp. No one wants a loaf of soggy, limp shrimp! It’ll totally ruin your sandwich and is such an easy step to master.
The most traditional recipe for a po boy sandwiches is to lightly toast the bread. The outer crust should be crunchy and flaky and the inside should still be soft and doughy. The lettuce, onion and crispy shrimp will provide that extra bit of crunch on the inside that you’ll be looking for!
Don’t forget to adjust the amount of the po’ boy sauce, depending on your needs. We like a lot of it so we usually double up on the recipe. Its a great little dip to have on the side, especially if you make extra shrimp (wink wink).
Easiest Shrimp Po’ Boy Recipe
- 1/2 cup Whole Wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 garlic clove finely minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup sugar free ketchup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 whole tomato
- 1/3 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 Whole Wheat long rolls
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- The first thing you want to do is to to make the ‘spicy ketchup’ that will go on your sandwich.
- To do so, add the ketchup, hot sauce, worcestershire, lemon juice, chili powder and salt and pepper to a small mixing bowl. Once mixed, set aside in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste, but it’s best to wait to allow time for the flavors to marry.
- Next, remove the tails of your shrimp and devein as well. Once shrimp is cleaned, set aside on a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
- While the shrimp is drying, add the minced garlic and breadcrumbs and mix these together well in a small bowl. Once complete, dredge the shrimp in the breadcrumb mix and cover well. In a medium sized pan, heat the oil on a medium-high heat and begin to sautee the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for approximately 3 minutes on each side or until shrimp browns on both sides.
- While the shrimp is finishing up in the pan, split the bread long ways and lightly toast. While the bread is toasting, shred some lettuce and onion to garnish and add some crunch to your sandwich. Once the bread is toasted, add the lettuce, onion, tomato, “spicy ketchup” by spreading it on the bread, and then finally add your shrimp.
- Add as much or as little of the spicy ketchup as you please and enjoy!