I want to bake you cookies.

Well, really… I want to make you a sandwich.  Like… this one. Then bake you cookies. Maybe like a picnic type thing? We can drink Coke out of glass bottles with pretty red and white straws and watch ants crawl on our legs. I’ve never even been on a picnic. Don’t you feel bad now? No joke when I tell you I live in a bubble. Someone get me a blanket, a basket and a plane ticket to Greece. That should pop it.

But I don’t think we can take this sandwich on our picnic. This sandwich should be made and promptly eaten, if for no other reason than you’ll look really ridiculous with drool dripping down your chin. And for someone who doesn’t like mayo (me… and likely you), I’m pretty sure you will like this. It’s filled with cheese after all. And green stuff that will make you feel healthy.

I thought maybe I’d grown out of my crispy shrimp phase when it had been 3 whole days since I’d eaten those tacos, but then I found these personal ciabatta sandwich rolls at my grocery store and they said… “stuff some crispy shrimp into my fat, fluffy rolls please. Please. Do it now!” Seriously. I do what I’m told.

Then I listened to Pumped Up Kicks 34 times and danced in my kitchen trying to figure out the words. The first 12 times I sang “pumped up kiss” then the next 22 changed it to “pumped up kids.” Thank God for google.

And lunch.


If you’re feeling frisky you can use whatever bread you have on hand or do something whacked like make this into pasta. Or maybe even serve it on a salad, but honestly – why would you want to do that?! Don’t ruin it.

And you might not want to wear a bikini on our picnic because… I totally fried these shrimps in bacon grease. BEST SHRIMPS EVER. It’s like a shrimp BLT, but better. Times a million.

Crispy Shrimp Sandwiches

makes 4 sandwiches & is easily multiplied/halved

1 pound of peeled and deveined raw shrimp

1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 slices bacon

1/2 avocado, chopped

lettuce for garnish (I used butter lettuce)

4 sandwich rolls/breads/buns of choice, preferably toasted

Combine flour, paprika, garlic and chili powder in a large bowl and mix. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add bacon and cook until fat is rendered and bacon is golden and crispy. Remove and let drain on a paper towel. Do not turn off heat.

Quickly salt and pepper the shrimp, the toss in the flour mixture (I actually “tossed” mine and this went much quicker and just as successful as dredging it). Working in batches, add shrimp to the skillet and cook until golden on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.

Combine shrimp, avocado and crumble the bacon into a bowl and lightly mix to create a sticky “salad” of sorts. Spread bread of your choice with parmesan mayo, garnish with lettuce, then stack on the shrimp. Serve with a fork and fruit on the side.


Parmesan Tarragon Mayonnaise

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons freshly chopped tarragon

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread on sandwiches. Can be refrigerated for up to 5 days in an air-tight container.

You want one of these. Trust me.

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113 Responses to “Crispy Shrimp Sandwiches.”

  1. #
    Katie — August 26, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I really like sandwiches. Really, really, really. This one looks like perfection. And I really like the image of you dancing around in your kitchen singing “pumped up kiss”


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    Kerry F — August 26, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Shrimp! Avocado! Ciabatta! YUM YUM!! Mayo? Mmmm, I think these will go mayo-less at my house. I need to not see them put the mayo in when the food I like has mayo in it, ie spicy tuna roll.


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    Alexandra — August 26, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    MY MOUTH IS WATERING. Literally. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a recipe of yours and instantly salivated this much. This looks like the perfect sandwich… avocado, shrimp, CIABATTA, fancy mayo… it’s like everything I’m obsessed with all in one.

    Also- I should state that I heard Pumped Up Kicks on Satellite radio in my dad’s car for the first time, so I knew the name of the song, but one night after watching Teen Mom I saw a clip of the video on MTV and could not understand why they were bleeping things out… I figured out after buying the album (I guess I didn’t think too much about it because I made no effort to look up the lyrics) that they’re saying “Better out run my gun” and “run faster than my bullet”. So, that’s an upbeat indie song about guns for you. Now I think I’m going to have to go look up the lyrics to really figure this one out….


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    Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty — August 26, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    i DO want one of these… you bring the sammiches and i’ll bring the cookies: http://bit.ly/nQ6Iv0


  5. #
    Kiersten — August 26, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    if you love pumped up kicks (and jersey shore) you NEED to watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zez88rZmlG4


  6. #
    Alexa @ Simple Eats — August 26, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Yep. I want one of these stat. Shrimp and avocado is a match made in heaven.


  7. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 26, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    It’s like a BLT on steroids. I love it!


  8. #
    Sara Pompeo — August 26, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I am making these this weekend fo sho! Those shrimp look so perfectly crispy


  9. #
    thehealthyapron — August 26, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    My husband is always looking for new shrimp recipes! Can’t wait to give this one a try! Thanks JEss! Have a great weekend!


  10. #
    Jackie @ That Deep Breath — August 26, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Im super bummed I just used up my last few shrimp in a recipe 2 nights ago. Time to buy more!


  11. #
    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — August 26, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    These look glorious in every way. I would seriously pay $20 for that in a restaurant. It would be my dream meal on the menu. Five stars!


  12. #
    Amy @ Elephant Eats — August 26, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I’m not big on fried shrimp…or at least I tell myself I don’t like them so my ass doesn’t get any bigger. But these sandwiches look damn delicious!


  13. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — August 26, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    I DO WANT ONE! but more important;y i want to come over and play with you and bella!!!


  14. #
    Angie — August 26, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    Your crispy shrimp recipe has changed my life! I put those suckers in everything!


  15. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — August 26, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Your recipes make me so happy. Seriously. I just love looking at your pictures and fantasizing over all of your good eats. If I could, I would try every single one of your recipes. But then I would be broke. ;)


  16. #
    Pam — August 26, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    OMG! I love Foster the People. Have you heard Matt and Kim’s Block after Block?


  17. #
    Rach — August 26, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Um… I believe you. These look completely amazing. You just made me so hungry, haha!


  18. #
    Lauren — August 26, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    *jaw drops* These sandwiches look AWESOME. Thanks for sharing this!!


  19. #
    Imwaytoobusy — August 26, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    I was about to type that your post made my jaw hit the floor and then I saw the comment above me. ;) Apparently, I’m not the other one. I love a good shrimp + avocado combo…and on a sandwich? That would be heavenly!


  20. #
    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — August 27, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    oh yes yes yes, please!!!!
    serve me 1.


  21. #
    Becki@beckiswholelife — August 27, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    These look amazing – like shrimp po boys! That is too funny about the song. My kids always sing songs with the wrong words and I don’t correct them because I always think it’s so funny/cute.

    My mom always makes her eggs in leftover bacon grease and for years my husband was like – “why are your mom’s egg so good?” When he realized she made them in bacon grease he was like, “oh, well anything cooked in bacon grease tastes good….” So Yes, to cooking these shrimp in bacon grease – Yum!!!” Plus, I love the combination of tarragon and shrimp…so you have me sold on these:-)


  22. #
    Koko @ KokoLikes — August 27, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    LOOKS amazing, and I love that it can really be manipulated to however you want it – aka no mayo or different bread or no bacon (I know it’s a sin that I don’t like bacon).


  23. #
    Bernadette — August 27, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Wow this sandwich looks unbelievable. I’m going to get some shrimp and make this tonight- great great idea. For the last 2 weeks, every time I get in my car alone I listen to Pumped Up Kids on repeat and had the same lyric trouble but in a different spot. better run better run outrun my girl…. better run better run faster than my kisses! Turns out it’s gun and bullets but hey, it’s whatever you want. I promise to enjoy both the oral and aural treats from this post tonight; thank you thank you.


  24. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 27, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    I want a bacony shrimp sandwich right now. For the meal in between lunch and dinner. it’s a thing, look it up.


  25. #
    Annie — August 27, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    Amazingly, I had everything I needed to make these sandwiches, so I did. Oh My Gosh. They were amazing. I used toasted Challah bread and basil instead of tarragon. Absolutely delicious. My husband loved it too. How could you not?


  26. #
    Dana — August 28, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    I feel the need to tell you that I had just finished listening to ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ when I read this the other day. Can music please begin to follow their lead and be more awesome? Also, have you seen the video? They are quite…attractive, to say the least.


  27. #
    Abigail — August 28, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    YUM! That’s all. ;-)


  28. #
    Tres Delicious — August 28, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Look at that sumptuous sandwich. It’s kinda rich flavored meal and the crispy shrimp looks enticing.


  29. #
    Lesley — August 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    I have to go grocery shopping….stat! This looks amazing…my tummy is growling…..


  30. #
    Jennifer — August 28, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    This looks delish! On my list on dishes I need to try soon. Shrimp & avacodo? Who could ask for more?


  31. #
    Cristy — August 29, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    You crack me up. I am making this!!!!


  32. #
    Cookbook Queen — August 29, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Get in mah bellah, Crispy Shrimp Sandwiches.

    Also…is it weird that “Someone get me a blanket, a basket and a plane ticket to Greece.”, made me think of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Which I know you’ve seen. Because you just have.


  33. #
    amy — August 29, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    ooo yumm!! i love this!! this is so up my alley…anything with bread and bacon and im good to go.


  34. #
    sandra — August 30, 2011 @ 5:04 am

    i made it yesterday and it was so absolutely tasty, i almost cried while eating it.


  35. #
    CouponClippingCook — August 30, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Seriously, this sounds so good. Love the idea of bacon, avocado and shrimp together…and that parmesan, tarragon mayonnaise…omg!


  36. #
    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — August 30, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    This just made it to my “make asap” list! Droooooool


  37. #
    kendra g — August 31, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    i just want to say, i made these, and they were really good! we made them like a shrimp BLT and used crusty white bread, toasted! so good, and we usually dont eat shrimp! thanks for the recipe!


  38. #
    Kathy Z — September 2, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    Delicious! My hubby made this for dinner while I made the peach and grilled corn salsa. Yum yum. :)


  39. #
    Cassidy — September 3, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Oh My God, my boyfriend loved these sandwiches! He didnt even stop eating to breathe he loved them that much. These sandwiches are like the mac and cheese. A good one will put a ring on my finger ;)


  40. #
    Elina (Russian Bites) — September 10, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    Made this last night for dinner. Pretty awesome!! :) Oh and the leftover shrimp was fantastic in a salad. Yes, vegetables were involved ;)


  41. #
    Amber — October 12, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I have been eyeing this recipe for sometime and finally made it last night! It was great, I couldn’t find fresh Tarragon so I used some Marjoram and a tinsy weensy little bit of Anise extract in the mayo. Hubby enjoyed it. Next time I will just slice the avocado and put a whole slice of bacon split in two on each sandwich. They were a little messy with the cubed avocado and crumbled bacon! Thanks!


  42. #
    Michele — November 14, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    HOLY CRAP GET OUT OF MY MIND. pumped up kicks (i just typed pumpkin. twice.) was and still is running through my brain when i read this.
    literally: me, lying on back with laptop on knees, bobbing head to nonexistent beats of echo-y voices, and then there you go off talking about pumped up kisses and kids (PUMPKIN. AGAIN.)

    sorry jessica. it’s like. almost midnight. way past my bedtime.


  43. #
    al — June 30, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    what kind of lettuce do you use for this sandwich?



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