If you love shrimp appetizers and the classic Louisiana Po’ Boy sandwich, you’ll LOVE these Mini Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwiches, they’re the perfect snack size for parties! Easy to assemble, they’re great for taking on-the-go too!
These party-sized versions of traditional Po’ Boys are perfect for serving at game days, Mardi Gras parties, backyard barbecues, weeknight snacks, and more.
What is a Po’ Boy Sandwich?
A Po’ Boy is a traditional Louisiana sandwich served on crusty, French bread and typically filled with fried seafood like shrimp, catfish or oysters.
Why is it called a Po’ Boy?
There are a few theories on the origination of the first po’ boy sandwich, but it’s said that the term originated in the 1920s when Martin’s Eatery had former colleagues (now strikers against a streetcar company) come in for a meal. Benny Martin called them “another poor boy” hence the shortened version… po’ boy!
Mini Po’ Boy Sandwiches
One problem I always seem to have with po’ boy type sandwiches is whenever I pick them up, they just fall apart. Problem solved, y’all! Serving them up miniature size keep things in tact better because they aren’t so huge.
I was taking these po’ boy sandwiches on the go so I tied a little bit of raffia around to keep them together. I love the presentation it gives them! Guests can easily grab one along with other foods without worrying about runaway shrimp.
Recipe Tips & Variations
I like to use baked popcorn shrimp to cut calories a bit but you could easily fry your own shrimp for use in these po’ boy sandwiches. If you’re local to the coast and can find fresh, small shrimp, then you definitely want to make your own fried popcorn shrimp!
Do you love fried oyster or catfish po’ boys instead? The technique is the same, just swap in your favorite po’ boy to make a mini sandwich or slider version.
Check your local grocery store bakery for small hoagie rolls, similar to a French bread roll. You can also cut larger French bread rolls in half. Or just grab slider buns and bake until toasted, they’ll be delicious as well!
We have been loving these mini po’ boys, and now we get a taste of the Big Easy right at home! Want another New Orleans favorite? Try my Baked Muffuletta Dip! It’s SO good and would be the perfect addition for an appetizer spread for Fat Tuesday.
More Easy Party Appetizers
- Chilled Marinated Shrimp Appetizer
- Salmon Cheese Ball
- Homemade Dijonnaise (2 Ingredient!)
- Cuban Sandwich Skewers
- BLT Deviled Eggs
Mini Shrimp Po’ Boys
Shrimp Po' Boys
- 12 ounces popcorn shrimp baked or fried
- 2 roma tomatoes thinly sliced
- 6 lettuce leaves
- 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
- 6 mini hoagie rolls sliced in half
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp sriracha or hot sauce of choice (optional)
Assemble Po' Boys
- Spread aioli on each hoagie roll. Place a tomato slice, red onion slice, and lettuce inside each hoagie roll.
- Fill each roll with popcorn shrimp (about 6-8 per roll).
For the Aioli
- Combine all ingredients and stir well. Refrigerate until ready to spread on po' boys.