This New Orleans BBQ shrimp po-boy is the real deal! Based on the recipe for deliciously flavorful, buttery BBQ shrimp from a classic New Orleans restaurant, these po-boys are a quick trip down to the Big Easy.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- If you’ve ever eaten at Liuzza’s in New Orleans, you know exactly what I’m talking about here, and you know just how incredible this shrimp is. Years ago, when my husband and I were dating, he made me promise over and over that I’d go with him to his favorite New Orleans restaurant (Liuzza’s) and try their BBQ Shrimp po-boy. Being from Memphis, when someone says BBQ shrimp, I picture shrimp covered in a sweet, tangy, smoky, rich sauce… so I ordered something else, because I can get BBQ at home. Imagine my surprise when he ordered his beloved sandwich and out comes shrimp glistening, oozing, positively bursting with BUTTER, no BBQ sauce to be seen. I may or may not have eaten most of his shrimp po-boy.
- So, after falling in love with this sandwich, you KNOW I had to recreate that amazingness back at home. I found a copycat recipe and worked to recreate every single aspect perfectly. Now, I’m sharing all of that goodness with you! Of course, nothing beats enjoying the original in that New Orleans atmosphere… but if you can’t physically be there, this’ll get you close.
- This recipe is for BBQ shrimp po-boys, which are the full sandwich. That being said, the buttery BBQ shrimp is delicious all on its own, so if you’re not into bread, consider skipping it. You can also serve the bread on the side and use it to sop up the rich sauce after you’ve eaten all the shrimp.
- Shrimp cooks fast (like 2 to 3 minutes), so have the bread prepped and ready before you start cooking the shrimp. Trust me, you do not want overcooked shrimp. It’s tough and rubbery and all-around unpleasant.
- So how do you know when the shrimp are ready? They’ll curl slightly, forming a “J” shape. If you’ve got “O”-shaped shrimp, they’re overcooked! Perfectly cooked shrimp are also opaque white or pink. If they’re still translucent or grey, they’re undercooked; bright white means they’re overcooked.
More New Orleans Inspired Recipes
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
- Instant Pot Jambalaya
- Shrimp Etouffee
- Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
- Keto Gumbo
- 4 hoagie rolls or small baguettes see Notes
- 2 medium lemons
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon paprika optional, see Notes
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce see Notes
- ½-1 teaspoon salt to taste
- 2 pounds shrimp peeled, deveined; see Notes
- Sharp knife
- Medium skillet
- Prepare bread by cutting off ends of rolls or baguettes. Hollow out bread using spoon or fingers. Set hollowed-out bread aside.
- Cut one lemon into thin slices. Cut other lemon into wedges. Set lemons aside.
- Heat skillet over medium heat. Once pan is hot, add butter and melt completely.
- Add olive oil, garlic, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, paprika (optional), dried thyme, hot sauce, salt, and lemon slices to skillet with melted butter. Stir well and simmer over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add peeled shrimp to skillet. Stir to coat shrimp and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and are just cooked through.
- Spoon cooked shrimp into hollowed-out bread and drizzle with extra butter sauce. Serve warm with lemon wedges. Alternately, serve shrimp in skillet or serving dish, with lemon wedges and bread on side.
- The shrimp will keep cooking in the butter sauce even after you remove the skillet from the heat. If it’ll take you a minute to fill the bread, transfer the shrimp to a bowl first so they don’t overcook.
- Bread: French pistolettes are ideal but can be hard to find. Hoagie rolls or small baguettes will work in their place.
- Paprika: Paprika is NOT a typical ingredient in the Liuzza’s shrimp po-boy. It’s just to give the shrimp more of a Cajun look and a little kick, so it’s totally optional here.
- Hot Sauce: I recommend using Crystal Hot Sauce, Louisiana Hot Sauce, or Tabasco.
- Shrimp: If you’re making po-boys, use smaller shrimp. If you’re serving the shrimp on their own or with bread on the side, use larger shrimp.
- Make it Low Carb/Keto: Skip the bread and enjoy the BBQ shrimp all on its own. For low carb, serve with low carb bread on the side to sop up any leftover butter sauce.
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