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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Pan-Seared Shrimp Po' Boys

Serve a classic New Orleans shrimp po'boy featuring a homemade, five-ingredient tartar sauce made with pantry staples.

Cooking Light JULY 2009

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
  • Hands-on: 20 Minutes
  • Total: 20 Minutes


  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt-free Cajun seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls
  • 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 8 thin tomato slices
  • 4 thin red onion slices


1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine shrimp and Cajun seasoning in a bowl; toss well. Add olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add shrimp to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done.

2. Cut each roll in half horizontally. Top bottom half of each roll with 2 tablespoons lettuce, 2 tomato slices, 1 onion slice, and one quarter of shrimp. Spread top half of each roll with about 2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture; place on top of sandwich.

Carrot and cabbage slaw: Combine 4 cups shredded green cabbage and 1 cup shredded carrot in a large bowl. Combine 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds in a small bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture to cabbage mixture; stir well.


Using salt-free Cajun seasoning reduces the sodium in this dish without sacrificing any of the flavor. Carrot and cabbage slaw makes for a crunchy side dish.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 401
  • Fat: 12.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Protein: 30.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 44.2g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 172mg
  • Iron: 4.4mg
  • Sodium: 944mg
  • Calcium: 152mg

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