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overhead close up view of split bun sandwich with tomatoes lettuce and shrimp

Blackened Shrimp Po Boys

These delicious blackened shrimp po boys were inspired by the classic Southern favorite. Split-top buns are packed full of crispy, blackened shrimp then topped with spicy mayo, tomato, and lettuce. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 471kcal
Author Tiffany


  • 1 pound medium or large uncooked shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 split-top buns or hoagie rolls
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • lemon wedges for serving

Blackening Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Spicy Mayo

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 3 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  • Stir together spicy mayo ingredients. Set aside til ready to serve.
  • In a small bowl stir together blackening seasoning ingredients.
  • Toss shrimp and olive oil. Add blackening seasoning and toss again to coat.
  • Saute shrimp in a skillet over medium-high heat 4-6 minutes until cooked through and opaque.
  • Serve shrimp in buns along with lettuce and tomato slices, drizzle spicy mayo over the top and serve. Enjoy!


Make it spicy: add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes to the blackened seasoning. 


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 294mg | Sodium: 1607mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1965IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 14mg