Shrimp Melts! And a Giveaway!

This is one of those recipes that just DEMANDS an exclamation point as part of its title…first and foremost because it tastes so dang good that you get all hopped up just saying its name.  If you are me, anyway.  And second, because it comes from the always enthusiastic, energetic and creative Emeril Lagasse.  I love Emeril –  everything he makes seems extra delicious because he is so excited about whatever it is – and let me tell you, these cheesy, easy shrimp melts are something to get excited about!

They are from his new book, EMERIL’S KICKED UP SANDWICHES, and speaking of things to get excited about, I have three copies of this delicious collection of sandwiches to give away…more at the end of this post on that.

It’s chock-full of things like fried oyster po-boys, burgers stuffed with blue cheese, and angel food cake sandwiches with berries.  Yum, right??  But as soon as I got my hands on my copy, I went right for the New Orleans shrimp melt, which is spicy shrimp salad sandwich with Gruyere cheese melted on top.  Quick, easy and oh-my-goodness delicious.  Emeril’s version calls for making the sandwich with toasted slices of brioche bread and while I’m sure that is fabulous, I departed just the tiniest bit from his recipe by using toasted top-split hot dog rolls, which are what I use for lobster rolls.  I happened to have them in the fridge, and they turned out to be just right – soft and easy to handle.

Now that I have scarfed down the world’s best shrimp melt, I have about 25 recipes in this fun cookbook flagged to make as soon as humanly possible, but in the meantime I want to share the deliciousness with you guys.  So in addition to the shrimp melt recipe below, I have three copies of EMERIL’S KICKED UP SANDWICHES to give away.  Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite sandwich (pb&j’s are perfectly okay!) and in a week I will randomly pick three winners.

This giveaway is now closed.  But you can still enjoy some shrimp melts!

Shrimp melts! Bam!

Shrimp Melts!

Serves: 4 sandwiches

  • 2 lemons, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 pounds shrimp (large or medium), peeled and deveined
  • 4 hot dog rolls
  • Butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (preferably fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce (Tabasco or whatever your fave is)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1½ cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  1. Pour about 4 quarts of water into a large pot and add lemons, Old Bay, bay leaves and salt, and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and cook for two minutes, then drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool them down. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, chop them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Spread the inside of the hot dog rolls with butter, and run them under the broiler until they are golden brown, watching them carefully to make sure they don't burn.
  3. Mix together mayo, onion, herbs, lemon juice, mustard and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and then fold in shrimp.
  4. Fill the hot dog rolls with shrimp salad. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet and top with shredded cheese. Place the shrimp sandwiches under the broiler until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes, watching carefully. Serve at once.

Adapted from the very delicious EMERIL’S KICKED UP SANDWICHES



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  1. I love pb and banana. I wish it was healthier but its so yummy!

  2. After visiting New Orleans, I love a po-boy sandwich with shrimp on it!

  3. Sue eberhart says:

    Gotta’ say, tuna salad with pickles and sweet peppers!

  4. Fried Oyster Po’Boy!

    You make me drool and my heart melt…exquisite!

    Happy New Year, Kate. All the best to you and yours.

  5. Love your recipes! Although its hard to choose just 1 as my favorite sandwich, today it would be smoked turkey with provolone cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado. With a taste of real mayo. Yummmmmm (-:
    Have a blessed 2013.

  6. It sounds delicious. I like to make a sandwich from leftover pork tenderloin, Swiss cheese, sweet onion and Dijon mustard on light rye bread. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Pat Murphree says:

    My favorite sandwich ever was a thinly sliced roasted lamb, caramelized onion, and gruyere with aioli on crusty bread served by Cippolina here in Austin. Sadly they no longer have it on the menu. Wish you could get the recipe to share.

  8. PB & J with my mom’s homemade grape jelly. YUM.

  9. Being born and raised in New Orleans, and then moving to the Mid-Atlantic….my favorite sandwich a muffuletta. I’m drooling right now just thinking about it…..the warm crunchy Italian bread, the marinated olive salad, and all those layers of meat and cheeses….YUM!

  10. Hands down – a pork belly Banh Mi!

  11. Simply referred to as “The Sandwich” in my house…bacon, spinach, tomato, avocado, cucumber, chives, basil, mozzarella, cheddar, and hard-cooked eggs all on grilled ciabatta bread with pesto mayonnaise.

  12. It is a three-way tie (depending on time of year)

    -chicken salad with red grapes

    -BLT & avocado


    -thanksgiving leftover

    PS-also love your sloppy joe recipe with avocado….HUGE crowd pleaser around here :-)

  13. Karen Nelson says:

    Favorite… hmmm… BLTA!!! Fresh grilled mild sour dough..
    ummm…have put a bit of fresh basil on it too..:-)

  14. I love a Croque Monsour!! Your recipe is fabulous!!

  15. Janet Mack says:

    I have to say this sandwich sounds delish. I love Emeril.
    My favorite sandwich at Thanksgiving is a dressing sandwich, a slice of dressing browned on both sides, mayo and maybe some cranbery, in between white bread of coarse. The Southern Husband might have had one of these.
    The rest of the year it is a BLT with avocado.

  16. I eat peanut butter every week but would rather eat shrimp salad, meatloaf or egg salad. I really like sandwiches.

  17. My favorite is smoked turkey and slicing Brie with cranberry sauce on challah dipped in egg bath and fried like French toast…..cut in strips it is one of the best hors d’oeuvre selections.

  18. My favorite sandwich is usually the one I’m eating, and as soon as I can, I’m going to have one of these shrimp melts! Thanks Kate!

  19. Grilled provolone cheese with pesto on sour dough bread! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year!

  20. A good chicken salad sandwich NEVER gets old!

  21. I don’t eat a lot of pork, but I crave a ham sandwich now and then.

  22. There is nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwhich – with homegrown heirloom tomatoes, a sprinkle of fresh sea salt, a little cracked black pepper and homemade mayo. Yum. But I did just lay eyes on your egg sandwhich with maple bacon, brie and sauteed spinach.

  23. So many great ideas in the comments… we make a cuban rueben that’s pretty yummy and a roast beef and swiss on italian bread grilled with butter and parmesan that is really good.

  24. I love shrimp banh mi!

  25. It’s so hard to choose just one…I love catfish po’ boys! Happy New Year!

  26. Theresa Murphy says:

    Hmmmm, it’s a tie between my chicken salad made with dried cranberries, cashews, and ginger and a gooey, melty, grilled cheese.

  27. I was SO sure those hot dog buns were baked potatoes…which is also an interesting idea…

  28. I know this sounds really weird..But if you are a fan of Nutella like me, I love a good nutella-nugget sandwich! The saltiness and sweetness goes perfectly together and its really fast to whip up in time =)

  29. Hmmm….. while a shrimp po’ boy and chicken salad with apples and walnuts are right up there, I think old-fashioned grilled cheese is my very most favorite sandwich!

  30. My favorite sandwich is a turkey and bacon with tons of veggies to go on it.

  31. My fav is so pedestrian after reading all these tasty sounding sandwiches (and now I know what to do with the leftover cheese from my fondue!!) but I’m a simple “Toasted BLT” gal at heart and most variations.

  32. Wow. One sandwich? Well, one of my favorite things to “do” for a sandwich is to put whatever leftovers I might have into a pita — meat, fish, veggies, fruit, olives…add some kind of dressing and a little lettuce and that’s it . 😉 I’ve come up with some pretty good combinations that way.

    This shrimp melt, though, sounds pretty darn delicious. I love shrimp and am always on the lookout for a new way to serve it, so, thanks! You and Emeril, both.

  33. I love a good chicken salad with grapes. We eat a lot of grilled cheese with pepperoni at our house too though!

  34. Jane George says:

    I have to vote for the BLT, with lots of bacon.

  35. William Teal says:

    Toasted BLT. . OR maybe tuna with jalapenos.. or maybe a meatball with Marinara.. or a grilled cheese and ham with cranberry chipotle sauce.

  36. The sandwich that I always dream about… is an Oyster Po’Boy!

  37. Being seriously allergic to all seafood and shellfish the shrimp melt makes me shudder. But I daily make a wrap of cottage cheese, ham, kumato and cucumber at work. All chilled. In Australias heat, this is a light and refreshing lunch. Well, for me.

  38. I love muffaletta sandwiches…..maybe because I love the olive mix!

  39. This shrimp melt sandwich sure does looki very appealing right about now.

    Favorite Sandwich? well, depends what day of the week it is.
    During the summer months I like chicken or ham salad sandwiches and in the fall I’ll take a meatball or just a sloppy joe sandwich. Then again I enjoy eating a good Subway sandwich.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

    • Larry Kazif says:

      There is no such thing as a “good” Subway sandwich. Period. Take your white trash taste buds to another website.

  40. Judith - Texas says:

    Fav sandwich is simple but delicious BLT. Made with toasted thin wheat bread, crispy bacon, lettuce, sweet relish, homegrown tomatoes and a MUST HAVE ingredient – Duke’s mayonnaise!! Love that stuff.

    Thanks for the chance to win the sandwich book.

  41. A real good hot dog with suarkraut is right up my alley.
    Cheap date I am.

  42. Heather Hutchinson says:

    My favorite sandwich would be a Reuben. I was having a hard time choosing between that and a patty melt but a good Reuben is my favorite. Nothing like a hot melty sandwich

  43. Anne Clark Simpson says:

    Good morning, Kate. While my roots are in South Louisiana and grew up on seafood, what I really enjoy is a cold, turkey, bacon – crisp, lettuce, tomato, purple onion, avocado, dill pickles, pepperoncini’s, bell peppers, mayo on hard crust roll.

  44. Michelle Perkins says:

    My favorite is a grilled cheese made with cheddar, Swiss, diced tomatoes, and sliced scallions. I like to dip it in a yummy homemade tomato soup. Yum!

  45. Pita sandwich stuffed with hummus, olives, veggies, feta and a big dollop of tzatziki sauce!

  46. I love grilled american cheese and bacon on homemade bread…YUM!

  47. Love lobster rolls but this shrimp melt begs for me to try.

  48. I love sandwiches……hard to pick just one. I guess it would be BLT with fresh summer tomatoes. Love Emeril and would love this cookbook! Happy New Year!!!!!!

  49. Chicken pesto paninis with roasted red peppers and muenster cheese! So very, very good.

    • Yummy sounding! I like to season chicken breast, lightly flour with wondra then pat off and brown in butter/olive oil add a bit of chicken broth , put on a lid and let set a few. Then slice on the horizontal , place on a toasted ciabatta roll spread with mashed avocado or prepared guac one side. Add a slice of cheese on the other and broil a sec to melt . Place crispy bacon on top of the chicken and the cheesy bread. It’s amazingly good!

  50. Margie Hunter says:

    Almost anything with avacado on it, but if I have to choose, I’ll say shrimp salad with avacado. The first avacado I had was with shrimp in Maine and it was wonderful.

  51. Grilled cheese with tomatoes!

  52. I have two favorites – a Cuban Pork Sandwich and a Philly Cheesesteak – oh great now I’m hungry lol. Thanks for the opportunity for the Emeril giveaway!

  53. My favorite is a bacon,lettuce,tomato,cheese,over easy fried egg and a slice of avacado on toasted rye or multigrain bread. Have a napkin or two available!

  54. double decker peanut butter and jelly

  55. I am obsessed with the Gatsby Arrow you so kindly introduced me to. I love grilled cheese, whether it be fancy cheese with bacon or just butter-bread-American cheese-bread-butter. I have a strange attachment to the peanut butter-pickle sandwich, but I like to spice it up with potato chips. And if you count burgers as sandwiches – I certainly do – those.

  56. Yum, these sandwiches look fabulous! My favorite sandwich is turkey with cranberry sauce and melted brie………………with bacon, lett, tomato with avocado a close second!

    Thanks for all your delicious recipes………my husband says he has never eaten better!

  57. Randall Yancey says:


  58. I love pulled pork sandwiches with slaw on top!

  59. This is not a good post to look at right before dinner — looks amazing! Happy new year by the way – looking forward to your posts in 2013!

  60. Two words. Me. Want.

    Wait. Third word. BAD. :)

  61. JEFFREY HUGHES says:

    Smoked Turkey w/lettuce,tomato, onion and chipotle aeoli on chibata

  62. nilu jayasuriya says:

    BLT with Avacado…or smoked salmon, red onion, tomato, cream cheese, sprouts, few capers on a bagel…love making different sandwiches in the summer…book sound fantastic!!

  63. Christi P. says:

    Cuban is my new favorite!

  64. My favorite sandwich is probably a grilled cheese. I love to vary the cheese, bread and extras. So good and so comforting!

    This shrimp melt looks yummy but I’m thinking about the filling as a topping for a baked potato instead of a sandwich……

  65. I love a good bagel with cream cheese with chives, lox, tomato, purple onion and some capers!

  66. Stephanie Hobson says:

    BLT, cut the T.

  67. Susan goldberg says:

    I love fried pepper, onion & egg sandwiches!!

  68. Rachel W. says:

    Weird, but here it is: sliced fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper, and mayo on toasted whole wheat bread. So delicious!

  69. My fav sandwich is a simple avocado, turkey and bacon sammy!

  70. My favorite is short rib with carmelized onions & blue cheese on a toasted ciabatta roll with a side of au jus.

  71. Christine says:

    Wheat Hawaiian Rolls, fresh smoked ham with pepper jack cheese… YUM

  72. My favorite sandwich is a BLT with avocado~

  73. I love peanut butter, on white bread with thinly sliced onions and crisp lettuce. Some times I toast the bread in a little butter. I know, This is not on the healthy side, but I only have it when I need to hug my self.

  74. Grilled cheese: sharp cheddar on raisin bread. Oh man!

  75. Charlene Thompson says:

    I absolutely LOVE pulled pork sandwiches!! Enjoy your recipes. Happy New Year

  76. turkey, lettuce, tomato & mayo

  77. grilled cheese

  78. So many too choose…Teriyaki chicken breast with sauteed onions, swiss chees and mayo!

  79. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favorite sandwich is a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich!

  80. I can’t resist a good BLT!

  81. One of my favorite sandwiches is my pulled pork with homeade barbecue sauce on a sesame seed bun. Cannot get enough. Slow roasted pork butt rubbed with my secret combination of spices, sugar, and believe it or not … A little bit of strong instant coffee.
    My second favorite is called number nines as it has nine ingredients … Served inside a pita bread …. Yum for the tum!

  82. A good old fashioned BLT when tomatoes are in season. Generally, I just like “Food on Bread.”

  83. I am hopelessly addicted to cheesesteaks. Love em! Second favorite: crappy little grilled cheeses made with Kraft singles and Wonder Bread.

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