Slimmed Down Shrimp Po’ Boy

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This slimmed down version Shrimp Po Boy is a makeover of the popular Louisiana style sandwich which is usually fried and high in calories.

This slimmed down version Shrimp Po Boy is a makeover of the popular Louisiana style sandwich which is usually fried and high in calories.

This lighter version is sauteed with lots of spices, and topped with a fresh herb buttermilk slaw served on a whole grain French baguette.

Slimmed Down Shrimp Po’ Boy – a quick, slimmed down version of the popular Louisiana style sandwich.

Sandwiches for dinner are a great way to make a quick weeknight meal. This dish takes about 20 minutes to make an it’s very substantial. A tip I like to use when making a sandwich on French bread is cut a larger slice of bread, then scoop out some of the inside of the bread to give you a bigger sandwich, with fewer calories.

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Slimmed Down Shrimp Po’ Boy

293 Cals 17 Protein 45 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 3 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
This slimmed down version Shrimp Po Boy is a makeover of the popular Louisiana style sandwich which is usually fried and high in calories.


Herb Buttermilk Slaw:

  • 1 tbsp 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp shallot, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely minced
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cups thinly sliced red cabbage, about 1/4 a small head
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage, about 1/4 a small head
  • 1/2 cup pre-shredded carrots

For the Shrimp:

  • 6 oz large peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 3/4 tsp 30% Less Sodium Old Bay
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 7.5 oz about 3/4 loaf French baguette, multi-grain or whole grain
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • hot sauce, optional


  • In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, buttermilk, mayonnaise, shallot, chives, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add the red and green cabbage and carrots, mixing to evenly coat. Set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, combine the shrimp, cumin, sugar, garlic and Old Bay.
  • Gently toss, evenly coating the shrimp. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil then the shrimp and cook until shrimp are opaque and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • While shrimp are resting, slice the baguette into 3 even pieces, then slice each of the 3 pieces in half horizontally.
  • Remove the inner soft part of the bread, leaving the outer crust.
  • Toast in toaster oven (or broil in the oven) until desired crispness.
  • To assemble: Top each sandwich with 2 ounces of shrimp and 2/3 cup slaw.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges.


Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 293kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 5.5g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 858mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g
WW Points Plus: 7
Keywords: shrimp po boy, shrimp sandwich

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  1. Very bland.  Surprising because I love Skinnytaste recipes.  This is the first one I’ve found that I will not be making again.  

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  3. This looks and sounds so yummy but I would rather make the slaw and eat as a side to the shrimp. What would the nutritional information be without the bread

  4. Any suggestions for what to do with all the leftover cabbage??

    • Make a cabbage salad…shredded with olive oil, vinegar and salt.

    • sautee it with some butter or olive oil (you can even throw in an onion) and boil some noodles, add those to it when done, amazing combination. cabbage and noodles! season with little salt, pepper, and garlic.

  5. Any substitute for the Old Bay?

  6. Can't wait to try it! Your recipes rock!

  7. nice idea to use bread this way, I love this Yummy recipe

  8. I made this last night the shrimp were delicious, but the slaw dressing tasted like chaulk. I thought with all the herbs it would be good but it wasn't.

  9. Amazing recipe! Love that you made your own marinade for the slaw. Will certainly try it ourselves. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  10. Thank you so much for this! I love Po' Boys, and am always looking for a way to lighten them up.

  11. Making it tonight looks so yummy!

  12. Yummy!!!

  13. It would take me more than 20 minutes just to assemble the ingredients!!!


  14. My husband and I were just talking about how we need to stop eating out so much and we'll miss our favorite Po'Boy place. Thanks so much for this recipe. I can't wait to try it!

  15. Just made for dinner and it was relish! Although I wonder if you meant 1 tsp instead of tbsp of shallot? I might modify next time. Even my 8 year old is gobbling it up!

  16. This looks SO good but I'm confused on the bread/serving size. The info says this recipe is 3 servings (one sandwich each) but then in the instructions it says to cut the bread into 6 portions. Do you just save the other 3 bread portions for another meal? Can you clarify?

  17. Look delicious! TY

  18. What is the substitute for buttermilk?

  19. Another yummy prawn recipe, thank you x

  20. I would season the shrimp and just cook one minute to heat up.

  21. What would you suggest if it's a bag of cooked shrimp?