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Lightened-Up Oyster Po'Boys

A simple sandwich of fried oysters with dollops of remoulade on a toasted whole-wheat bun makes for a lunch with Louisiana mojo. Our version calls for tossing the oysters in whipped egg whites, dredging them in toasted cornmeal, and then "oven-frying" on a baking sheet, with just a few spritzes of vegetable oil. The oyster's delicate texture and briny flavor are better preserved this way than in skillet-frying, and the cornmeal's nuttiness is brought to the surface.Fun fact: This sandwich is also known as a peacemaker. The lore is that when men brought one home after a late night out, their wives forgot they were angry.

  • servings: 4
Photography: Johnny Miller




For Assembling Sandwiches

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 3 large romaine lettuce leaves, shredded

For the Oysters

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 16 shucked large oysters (8 ounces), preferably Blue Point
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray

For the White Remoulade

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat (2 percent) plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic-dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brine-packed capers, drained, rinsed, and chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped


  1. Step 1

    Make the remoulade: Stir together all ingredients; refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the oysters: Bake cornmeal on a rimmed baking sheet, stirring halfway through, until pale gold, 10 to 12 minutes. (It may begin to smoke.) Let cool. Transfer to a bowl; stir in cayenne.

  3. Step 3

    Heat baking sheet on lower rack of oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk whites until frothy but still loose, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Add oysters, and mix to coat completely. Dredge each oyster in cornmeal mixture, shaking off any excess; transfer to a plate. (You should use only about 1/2 cup cornmeal.) Generously coat oysters with cooking spray.

  4. Step 4

    Line warmed baking sheet with parchment. Transfer oysters, sprayed side down, to sheet. Coat generously with cooking spray. Bake until cooked through and just turning golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate.

  5. Step 5

    Preheat broiler with rack in top position. Toast buns, split side up, until golden brown, about 1 minute. Divide remoulade evenly among bun halves. Sandwich oysters and lettuce between buns. Serve warm.