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Delicious oyster po' boys at home

A toasted hoagie bun, crispy fried oysters, lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce make up the traditional New Orleans sandwich known as an oyster po' boy. These delectable sandwiches have a lengthy history and are a cherished neighborhood custom.

The oyster po' boy's beginnings can be found in the late 1920s, when Benny and Clovis Martin, two brothers, established Martin Brothers' Coffee Stand in New Orleans. The brothers were well known for their "po' boys," which were inexpensive and full sandwiches. A bunch of striking streetcar drivers came up to the brothers one day and requested a cheap supper. The oyster po' boy was created when the Martins gave the drivers complimentary sandwiches cooked with fried oysters out of solidarity.

The oyster po' boy, which is loved by both locals and visitors, has established itself as a mainstay of New Orleans cuisine over time. An oyster po' boy is a must-try when in the city, whether you enjoy fried oysters or just a tasty sandwich. And using this recipe, you may make this delectable sandwich whenever you want.

  • 1 pint of freshly shucked and drained oysters
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  •  1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil
  • 4 hoagies
  • lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce


Combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a shallow dish.

Pour the buttermilk into a different shallow dish.

Panko breadcrumbs should be placed in a third shallow dish.

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium heat until it reaches 350°F.

Each oyster should be coated uniformly after being dipped in the flour mixture, buttermilk, and breadcrumbs.

Place the coated oysters carefully in the hot oil, and fry them for 2–3 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown.

Take the oysters out of the oil and place them on a platter covered with paper towels to drain.

The hoagie rolls should be split and lightly toasted.

Place a couple fried oysters on each bun before adding lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce to make the oyster po' boys.

Hot oyster po' boys should be served with extra tartar sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Note: You can also grill or bake the oysters if you don't like them fried. The oysters need to be lightly brushed with oil and grilled or baked for a few minutes, or until they are juicy and plump.

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