Shrimp and Oyster Po' Boys

  • Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell for Cooking Channel
Total Time:
30 min
15 min
Inactive Prep:
15 min
4 sandwiches


  • 8 ounces shucked oysters
  • 8 ounces small shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 soft hoagie rolls or bakery-style po' boy rolls
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickles
  • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced into 6 slices, then cut into half moons
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer


1. For the po' boy sauce: Whisk the mayonnaise, parsley, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. For the po' boy filling: Dry the oysters and shrimp thoroughly, and then sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning. Place the flour, eggs and cornmeal into 3 separate shallow dishes. Dredge the oysters and shrimp first in the flour, then in the eggs and finally in the cornmeal. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.

3. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil registers 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels and set it next to the stove. Fry the oysters and shrimp in batches until golden and crisp, 2 minutes per batch. Sprinkle with salt.

4. To assemble the sandwiches: Open each roll and spread with a generous amount of sauce. Add some pickles, sliced tomatoes and shredded lettuce and top with a mixture of fried oysters and shrimp. Serve with additional hot sauce on the side.