Hot & Smokin Po Boy Spice

Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice

When I make my Shrimp Po’ Boys (adapted from Tyler Florence) I always take a minute to whip up extra of this little spice mixture, Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice. It’s become a bit of a “house” seasoning.

Hot & Smokin' Po Boy Spice

Hot & Smokin’ Po Boy Spice

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This spice is very simple; it almost seems to simple to be true. Almost, except that Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice has one of my Stealth Ingredients, smoked paprika. The smoked paprika gives this such a smoky depth.

This differs from the Creole and Cajun Blends I so often use. Without the herbs in those more complex blends, this Po’ Boy seasoning rings out clear and true, with just a bit of a bite and a subtle smokiness.

Hot & Smokin Po Boy Spice

Hot & Smokin Po Boy Spice

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Double or triple this (using tablespoons for the measures makes tripling easy) and put it in a jar with a shaker and keep it on hand. Don’t keep for too long, though because there aren’t any preservatives in this blend.

There are times you absolutely need the best quality ingredients in a mix, and here freshly ground black pepper and a good quality cayenne and paprika make a difference. As for the garlic and onion powder, save a little by keeping picking up larger bulk jars if you use often.

when & where to use hot & smokin’ po’ boy spice

Try it, of course, in your Po’ Boy breading (this makes enough for the Po’ Boys), but use it in just about anything breaded. You’ll probably want to shake it over grilled items, use it on french fried or baked potato wedges, and FYI, a pinch or two in Hollandaise sauce is magical.

Hot & Smokin Po Boy Spice

Hot & Smokin Po Boy Spice


Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice

  • Author: mollie kirby, adapted from Tyler Florence
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 tablespoons 1x


  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Black pepper


Mix together, store in an airtight container.


I like about 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

You may wish to double or triple and put in a jar with a shaker to use on all kinds of things.

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!



10 thoughts on “Hot & Smokin’ Po’ Boy Spice

    • 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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