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Bay-Scallop Po' Boy with Spicy Mayo


Prepare this New Orleans-style classic with record-breaking speed: Scallops are naturally moist, so you can skip the usual egg in the breading.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2008


  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound bay scallops, patted dry
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, teaspoon paprika, and hot sauce; season with salt and pepper. Set spicy mayo aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, flour, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika; season with salt and pepper. Add scallops, and toss to coat.

  3. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Working in two batches, fry scallops, tossing occasionally, until golden and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer scallops to a paper-towel-lined plate; season with salt.

  4. Dividing evenly, spread inside of buns with spicy mayo. Top with a lettuce leaf, then scallops. Serve po boys immediately, with lemon wedges.

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  • MS11627428
    12 NOV, 2011
    We love this recipe.I make it often in the hot summer months- its easy and healthy. I like to serve it with oven fries, coleslaw and sliced tomatoes. I wish I could buy the buns that can be toasted on sides-- seem to be only available in east and I live pacific NW coast, I have to use regular hot dog buns. I try to toast the insides, but hard to get that perfect toasted touch, but i still make this sandwich often and its very good!
  • PittmanTrio
    7 AUG, 2011
    This is a very man friendly meal! My husband LOVED the crunch of the scallops. The only change I would make would be to use a hoagie instead of a hot dog bun. I would also suggest a really tasty hot sauce for the mayo spread, makes a delicious po' boy!
  • cmgl10s
    15 JUL, 2010
    Entire family loved this recipe and can't wait till I make it again. It was also quite easy which is great when you want to get out of the kitchen.
  • MS12480266
    6 JUL, 2010
    For this one meal, forget the calories and simply enjoy. Make as instructed and you'll love this sandwich.
  • cmgl10s
    3 JUL, 2010
    I'm going to make this for the 4th looks delicious. If you have calorie/ health concerns you could easily change the mayo to greek yogurt, whole wheat crumbs or panko or gound nuts or a mixture with corn meal also, whole wheat buns, bake instead of pan fry....all would help. I actually automatically do that to all mly recipes.
  • Catpaddle
    3 JUL, 2010
    If you are totally obsessed with calories, just eat the lettuce leaf--you'll be just fine!
  • cancer08
    2 JUL, 2010
    Is it possible for someone to actually give a review for a recipe?? Who cares about the calorie count!! Rule of thumb; if it's fried and mayo is involved.....there's going to be calories! DAH!
  • CarrierBox
    2 JUL, 2010
    What is the calorie count? I'm surprised with all the emphasis on diet and food why only about half of the recipes published give calories. My husband and I stick to 1500-2000 calories a day. I pass up any recipe that doesn?
  • gailg0404
    12 AUG, 2009
    Add a little raspberry vinegar to the mayo mixture if it is too thick
  • gailg0404
    12 AUG, 2009
    How about no bun and set the scallops on top of a spinach salad and pour the dressing over tne top!