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Shrimp and Oyster Po' Boys

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 32 min
  • Prep: 50 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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24 medium-sized oysters, shucked

1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons hot sauce, plus more for sandwich

2 cups fine ground cornmeal

1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder

1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Pinch cayenne

Peanut oil, for deep-frying

Kosher salt

2 soft sub or hoagie rolls

Creole Mayonnaise, recipe follows

Finely shredded iceberg lettuce

Tomato slices

Lemon wedges

Creole Mayonnaise (Remoulade):

2 cups mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup roughly chopped cornichons

1 tablespoon creole mustard

2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 lemon, juiced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, soak the oysters and shrimp in a mixture of buttermilk and hot sauce for 20 to 30 minutes. In a shallow dish, whisk, together the cornmeal, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne.
  2. In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 375 degrees F.
  3. Drain the oysters and shrimp and toss them in the seasoned cornmeal. Working in batches, fry the oysters and shrimp until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with salt, to taste.
  4. Split the rolls and smear with Creole mayonnaise. Line with plenty of shredded lettuce and tomato slices. Top with fried oysters and shrimp. Cut each roll into 2 to 3 pieces. Serve with hot sauce and a wedge of lemon.

Creole Mayonnaise (Remoulade):

Yield: About 3 cups
  1. Combine all the ingredients well in a large mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.