Hot & Smokin' Po Boy Spice

Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice

Use Hot & Smokin' Po Boy Spice in Po' Boys, but use it in so many other ways, too. Stop by the blog to see the recipes & more suggestions.

When I make my Shrimp Po’ Boys, adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe – or should I say, fabulously frugalized, I always take a minute or two to whip up extra of this little spice mixture. It’s become a bit of a “house” seasoning.

Hot & Smokin' Po Boy Spice
Hot & Smokin’ Po Boy Spice

Does it seem to simple to be true? Well, almost, but the smoked paprika is the Stealth Ingredient, here. It differs quite a bit from the Creole and Cajun spice blends I often mix up. Without many of the other flavorings found in some of the more complex blends, this Po’ Boy seasoning rings out clear and true, with just a bit of a bite and a subtle smokiness in almost any recipe it’s used in.

I double or triple this seasoning and put it in a little jar with a shaker lid and keep it on hand. Try it, of course, in your Po’ Boy breading (this makes enough for the Po’ Boys), but use it over or in other dishes, too. Add it to marinades, either buttermilk ones or oil based. Toss a bit in any breading mixture. Shake it on top of grilled items, in dipping sauces or over potatoes. A pinch in a Hollandaise sauce works magic.

Hot & Smokin' Po Boy Spice
Hot & Smokin’ Po Boy Spice

Po' Boy Seasoning

  • Servings: 2 tablespoons
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Black pepper (optional)

Mix together, makes about 1 1/2 tablespoons. Very easy to increase – simply use tablespoons as the measurement instead of teaspoons.

Shrimp Po' Boys - They may look like any ol' Po' Boy but they are outstanding!
Shrimp Po’ Boys – They may look like any ol’ Po’ Boy but they are outstanding!

To see the Cajun & Creole seasonings, as well as others, check out my Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet substitutions page.

I want to thank Your Gateway to Health for commenting on my Top Secret Super Stealth Arsenal of Ingredients and reminding me of how much both Smoked Paprika & Liquid Smoke can add to a recipe! It’s fun to see a personal trainer who is all about balance and nutrition and who can throw down a recipe, too!

If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!

8 thoughts on “Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice”

    1. Oooh, in a Bloody Mary! Genius…WHERE did I stash that Vodka? (I don’t have a drinking issue, but routinely stash any alcohol so my son and friends don’t drink it. Then, like a squirrel, forget where I put it.)

  1. As I was reading this recipe to my wife this morning, the look of ecstacy and the low, almost moan of, “Mmm, shrimp po’boy”, was hard to deny. When I read the ingredient list including smoked paprika, I grinned to myself and thought, ‘atta girl’ !! Thank you Frau for the warm accolades, insight, and nod towards my blog. A true friend. Bob

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