Fish Stick Po’ Boys

Fish stick po’ boys are an easy way to enjoy the bold Louisiana classic. These quick sandwiches are perfect for dinner anytime!

two fish stick po boy sandwiches served on a metal tray with chips and a bowl of tartar sauce

There are some staples I’ve found most parents keep on hand.

For me, those things include frozen chicken nuggets, some kind of frozen pizza and fish sticks.

My boys will gladly eat any one of those when I am just out of dinner ideas or don’t have time to do a ton of cooking.

But since this happens kind of regularly (don’t judge!), I like to try to keep it interesting especially when I’m serving chicken nuggets or fish sticks.

These po’ boys are the perfect keep it interesting, easy meal.

They are loaded with bold Louisiana flavor for the hubs and I and easy to keep kid friendly.

two fish stick po boy sandwiches served on a metal tray with chips and a bowl of tartar sauce

What are Po’ Boys?

Po’ boys are traditional sandwiches from Louisiana that are sometimes called “poor boys.”

No matter what you call it, they almost always have meat or fried seafood and are served on French bread.

They often are served with lettuce, tomato, a big slather of mayo and Louisiana style hot sauce for an extra kick.

My version uses fish sticks instead of frying shrimp, crawfish or catfish and is full of all the other classic fixins.

two fish stick po boy sandwiches served on a metal tray with chips and bowls of tartar sauce & remoulade sauce

Ingredients

To make these you’ll need:

  • Fish sticks– You’ll want to use a good quality frozen fish stick. I love and recommend using the Trident brand from Costco.
  • Mayonnaise- Go for real mayo instead of light mayo or mayonnaise style dressing.
  • Hot sauce– For that kick. Use your favorite kind.
  • Lemon juice– Lemon juice adds an extra brightness and tang to your mayo mixture. Use fresh lemon juice for best results.
  • Rolls– For ease, I use sub rolls. If you want to go for authenticity, you can sub French bread.
  • Shredded lettuce– Romaine or iceberg work better than other varieties.
  • Tomatoes– Thinly slice them.

two fish stick po boys stacked together on a metal serving tray surrounded by potato chips

How to Make

Making these is so easy!

To do it, cook the fish sticks according to the package directions.

While the fish sticks are cooking, whisk the mayo, hot sauce, and lemon juice in a small bowl. After it is easily combined, set it aside.

When the fish sticks are done cooking, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly.

Spread the rolls out on a baking tray and lightly toast them in the oven.

When the rolls are to your liking, spread a thick layer of the spicy mayo mixture on the inside halves of each bun.

Top the bottom bun with 6 to 8 warm fish sticks, shredded lettuce, then tomato slices and add the top bun to complete the sandwich.

Repeat until all the sandwiches have been made.

Serve immediately, and enjoy!

a fish stick po boy sandwich on a metal serving tray with a bowl of tartar sauce for dipping

What to Serve With

These sandwiches pair well with pickles, French fries, potato chips or even pasta or potato salad.

And don’t forget dipping sauce! We love having dipping options to serve alongside it. Our favorite is this homemade tartar sauce.

Of course, any of your favorite side dishes will absolutely work!

Storing Leftovers

I don’t recommend storing leftovers of these sandwiches. Like other leftover sandwiches, they will get soggy if left in the fridge.

However, you can easily half this recipe so you are only making what you need and then you won’t have to worry about leftovers!

two fish stick po boy sandwiches served on a metal tray with chips and a bowl of tartar sauce

Tips and Tricks

  • Using quality fish stick is a must. You want the meat, and you don’t want them to be dry or fall apart when eating this sandwich. 
  • Not a fan of tartar sauce for dipping? No worries try remoulade sauce instead.
  • While I highly suggest the lettuce and tomatoes, if you don’t like one or the other feel free to omit them.

Other Ways to Dress up Fish Sticks

These fish stick po’ boys are the perfect dinner to keep in mind anytime you’re short on time. Add them to your meal plan this week and enjoy!

Looking for other ways to dress up fish sticks? Try these recipes:

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two fish stick po boy sandwiches served on a metal tray with chips and a bowl of tartar sauce

Fish Stick Po' Boys

Fish stick po' boys are an easy way to enjoy the bold Louisiana classic. These quick sandwiches are perfect for dinner anytime!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 645kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 20 oz pkg quality frozen fish sticks roughly 28 fish sticks
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2-3 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 sub rolls split in half lengthwise
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce iceberg or romaine recommended
  • 3 tomatoes thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Cook the fish sticks according to the package directions.
  • While the fish sticks are cooking, add the mayo, hot sauce, and lemon juice to a small bowl. Whisk them together until evenly combined. Set aside.
  • When the fish sticks are done cooking, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly- so that they've very much still warm, but not hot.
  • Spread the rolls out on a baking tray and lightly toast them in the oven.

To Assemble

  • Spread a thick layer of the spicy mayo mixture on the inside halves of each bun.
  • Top the bottom bun with 6-8 warm fish sticks.
  • Top with shredded lettuce, then tomato slices, and add the top bun to complete the sandwich.
  • Repeat until all the sandwiches have been made.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 1120mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1039IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 12mg

 

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