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Shrimp and Slaw Sandwich

January 18th, 2010 · 28 Comments

Shrimp and Slaw SandwichYears ago, in New Orleans you could find many Po-Boy shops at just about every other corner neighborhood grocery store. Many of these mom and pop corner stores would prepare other sandwiches and hot meals too, and one of the “other” popular sandwiches was the “Shrimp on a Bun”, which typically consists of small 70-90 count shrimps that are battered and deep fried then served on a bun and “dressed” with lettuce, tomato, pickle and choice of mayonnaise too. If you are not from or have never been to New Orleans then a little explanation is in order on “dressing” your sandwich.

In New Orleans when you order a sandwich the counter person will ask if you want it “dressed”. This is the local colloquialism for “would you like it with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise”, you see, “dressed” just sounds better and is so much easier to say. I am not sure historically how this term came to be, but it has been and is still the way to order your sandwich in New Orleans.

This recipe is a variation of a Weight Watchers item that called for catfish, and since none was available at the seafood counter, we opted for shrimp, which takes us back to the original story. In addition, at only 353 calories for the catfish recipe version, this shrimp version would actually be less in calories. So let’s do the math, four ounces of catfish cooked is approximately 271 calories according to the health tracker for foods, compared to four ounces of cooked shrimp at 163 calories. Therefore, with a calorie difference of 108, the shrimp version of the recipe total for the calories comes to 245, since all the other ingredients in the recipe remain the same, this recipe calorie re-calculation is logical.

Yield: 4 servings

2 Cups Green cabbage, thinly sliced
6 Tbsp Radish, minced
2 Tbsp Yogurt, fat-free
2 Tbsp Mayonnaise (light version optional)
1 Tsp Paprika
½ Tsp Garlic powder
1 Tsp Cajun Spice Blend
1 Lb. Shrimp, peeled and deviened, 21-30 count
Cooking spray
4 Each Kaiser rolls, 2-ounces each
12 Slices Tomato, ¼ – inch thick
Procedure Steps
1. Combine the cabbage, radish, yogurt, and mayonnaise in a large bowl, stir well, and set aside.
2. Combine the paprika, garlic powder, and Cajun spice blend then sprinkle this over the shrimp and toss well to coat.
3. Heat a large sauté pan until hot and then coat with the cooking spray and sauté the shrimp over medium-high heat until pink.
4. Divide the slaw evenly among the Kaiser roll bottoms, then evenly portion the shrimp, then top each with 3 tomato slices and then cover with the roll tops.
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Tags: Cajun · Recipes · sandwich · Seafood · Weight Watchers

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JodieMo // Jan 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Man, do I love New Orleans food. Every time we go, I just gorge my self on spicy seafood and muffalettas. This looks wonderful and is absolutely going on the menu plan for the week.

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  • 3 OC2Seattle // Jan 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Love it! Low cal and yet somehow decadent at the same time.

  • 4 Roti n Rice // Jan 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

    This looks really good! I should plan a visit down south sometime to savor all those delicious food.

  • 5 Carol Egbert // Jan 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This looks much more appealing than a hamburger!

  • 6 Kristi Rimkus // Jan 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Fantastic! I’ve saved this. I agree, it looks better than a burger!

  • 7 Emily // Jan 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Yum! This looks like a winner here!

  • 8 Taylen Peterson // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    wow that looks amazing…two of my girlfriend’s favorite things – shrimp and ‘slaw. guess i know what i’ll be making her very soon!

  • 9 Vegan Thyme // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’ll have to say that the seasonings combined with the slaw (minus the shrimp for my vegan eating) sounds really, really good! I might try this using tempeh instead! Yum, Chef!

  • 10 Jessie // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve been eating shrimp a lot more often lately and this looks absolutely tasty!

  • 11 Drick // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    oh my, a favorite here in Mobile too …. shrimp, fish, oyster and shrimp sandwiches are great any time of the year – your dressed shrimp bun looks sooooo good right now….

  • 12 Beth // Jan 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    That sandwich looks great! Can wait to try this one. Nice quick and easy recipe.

  • 13 redkathy // Jan 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Great Po-Boy sandwich. My dh, who is dieting, would just love one I know for sure! I’m gonna have to surprise him with one of these real soon. Thanks for the post.

  • 14 Trix // Jan 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    So … if it only has 250 calories, that means I can have 2? Or 3? ; )

  • 15 Janice // Jan 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Looks great, I love shrimp and slaw. Great light and simple sandwich

  • 16 Ingeborg // Jan 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Looks very yummy, but I’ll have it without the mayonnaise. I love shrimp!

  • 17 pegasuslegend // Jan 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    shrimp is the only alternative for me never eat burgers so wow!!!!!! love it 🙂

  • 18 Waiting Around // Jan 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    My mouth is watering (and I just ate dinner!).

  • 19 Liz Marr, MS, RD // Jan 19, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Wow – mouthwatering!

  • 20 Divina // Jan 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

    My mouth is watering too.

  • 21 Elle (Bromography) // Jan 19, 2010 at 4:47 am

    An irresistible piece of Nawlins!

  • 22 penny aka jeroxie // Jan 19, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Low cal and mouth watering. Perfecto!

  • 23 Daydreamer Desserts // Jan 19, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Love it, I’ll definitely have to try this out!

  • 24 Vegan Thyme // Jan 19, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Hi Chef! I made po’ boys last night using tempeh! To top it off, I was also inspired to make homemade Kaiser rolls. I had an old Southern Living cookbook that called for fried clams, dredged in cornmeal with other chopped veggies for the sammy. I will be posting these this morning–wanted to also let you know I will be sharing your link with my vegan readers to show where the inspiration for my dinner came from! Thanks so much! Kelly

  • 25 Ryan Boudreaux // Jan 19, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments. This is one of those “brings back some memories” recipes for this old N’Awlins native at heart.

  • 26 Laura // Jan 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Healthier then a burger 🙂

  • 27 Ryan Boudreaux // Jan 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    @Vegan Thyme, I found your post and Wow! You kicked up this recipe to the vegan stratosphere:

  • 28 Conor @ HoldtheBeef // Jan 21, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Wow, you’re really rocking on the low cal recipes, another good one here.