Sunday, August 17, 2014

Po Boy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

I had a craving for Po Boy Shrimp sandwiches but made it into a taco. I didn't use the traditional toppings of lettuce and tomato but made a delicious mango salsa and a Remoulade sauce to go on top. The shrimp I purchased deveined and uncooked. For the batter I went the beer batter and cornmeal route. These are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

To defrost the shrimp, set in a bowl of cool water, changing the water several times until defrosted. This batter would be good on onion rings too.

Po Boy Shrimp

1 lb frozen shrimp, peeled,  deveined, and defrosted
2 cups flour 1/4 cup reserved flour
1 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup cornmeal
8 oz. Miller Lite beer
3-4 inch vegetable or canola oil
Adobo seasoning or Zatarain's cajun seasoning
1 dozen flour tortillas

My new favorite deep frying surface is inside a wok. It has high sides so you won't set burn and has all around better temperature control. I also use a spider to fish out the shrimp. Whatever you use, make sure to always keep an eye on your oil and keep the temperature around 350 degrees.

Mix all of the spices and flour. Begin to mix in the beer a little at a time. The batter should be a little thick. Dredge the shrimp in the 1/4 cup flour and then place into the batter. Next move the shrimp into the oil. Fry for 4-5 minutes and remove to paper towels. Season with Adobo or Cajun seasoning. I put my oven on warm on a cookie sheet. Fry in batches.

Serve with this delicious Remoulade sauce.

Remoulade Sauce

1 cup Mayo or Miracle Whip
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced
3 TBSP Creole mustard
3 TBSP ketchup
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3-4 dashes hot sauce
3 sweet pickles diced
1 tsp chili powder

Mix all of the ingredients and refrigerate until serving.

Add three shrimp per tortilla along with the Remoulade.

Mango Salsa

1 mango diced
1 avocado diced
1 Roma tomato diced
1 handful cilantro chopped
1/2 pepper chopped
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper

Add all of the ingredients and let marinade. Be sure to stir or the avocado will turn brown. Serve over the shrimp or on the side.

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