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    Fish Po’ Boy Sandwich Recipe

    Published April 10, 2019. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Fish Po’ Boy Sandwich Recipe that is served up on a hoagie bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a homemade tartar sauce.

    blackened fish sandwich

    I absolutely love a good fish po’ boy sandwich recipe, and this one just hits the mark.  The combination of the blackened Alaska cod and the homemade tartar sauce is just so good.  I’m not even kidding, whenever I go out to eat and I see this sandwich on the menu, I order it 99% of the time.  In addition, if you are observing Lent, this delicious Alaska cod white fish sandwich won’t even make you miss the meat.

    What Is a Po Boy Sandwich

    Po Boy sandwiches originated in New Orleans in the 1800s and originally was a fried oyster sandwich, and sometimes shrimp was used.  While the origin of the name po’ boy isn’t exactly known, many think it was named from the folks that visited the French market in New Orleans such as farmers, dockworkers, and other “poor boys,” hence the name po’ boy.

    While no know one may know where the name came from, boy oh boy is it delicious.

    How to Make It

    While you know I like to keep things traditional, I’m always interested in creating my own version of my favorite dishes  Instead of fried oysters, I thought some blackened Alaska cod would be amazing on a sandwich.

    No matter the fish I’m eating, it’s really important for me for the fish to be wild-caught and sustainable, and fresh Alaska cod hits all those important criteria.  Cod is a very light white fish and the flavor is incredibly mild which makes it ideal for blackening.


    I always start by making my own blackening seasoning and then mixing it with some oil. From there I dredge the Alaska cod into the blackening mixture and then I simply fry it up.

    You can deep fry it if you’d like but I prefer to properly blacken it by frying in a bit of oil in a cast-iron skillet. Once the fish is done cooking, set it to the side on a paper towel and get it ready.

    fish sandwich recipe

    Homemade Tartar Sauce

    Everything that is homemade just tastes so much better. Sure, you can buy tartar sauce from the store, but if you make my recipe, I can promise you it will be the last one you ever use.

    Tartar sauce is simply mayonnaise, shallot, garlic, pickles, salt, and pepper.  Yup, that’s it. I did throw some other things in there like capers and parsley but for the most part, it is incredibly easy to make.

    tartar sauce

    Toppings For This Sandwich

    In addition to the tartar sauce, the other things I add to the sandwich are lettuce, tomato, and thinly sliced red onion.  With that being said you don’t need to stop there.  You can use pickled onions, pickle slices, cheese, microgreens, I mean seriously the possibilities are endless.

    Whether you’re making this or another recipe, it’s important to be able to use ingredients that you love so that your recipe will taste the exact way that you want it to.  This would also be awesome served up with vinegar coleslaw.

    cod sandwich with tartar sauce and chips

    More Amazing Fish Recipes

    If you love this po’ boy sandwich recipe then check out these seafood recipes!

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    Fish Po Boy Sandwich Recipe

    5 from 6 votes
    Alaska Cod Fish Po Boy Sandwich Recipe that is served up on a hoagie bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a homemade tartar sauce.
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes


    • 3 tablespoons of blackening seasoning
    • ¼ cup of olive oil
    • 2 pounds of fresh Alaska Cod cut into fillets
    • 4 to asted hoagie buns
    • 8 leaves of butter leaf lettuce
    • 2 thinly sliced tomatoes
    • ½ peeled and thinly sliced roma tomatoes
    • 1 cup of tartar sauce


    • Add the blackening seasoning and oil to a large bowl or plate and mix until combined.
    • Next, dredge the cod fillets on all sides in the mixture until they are completely coated. Set aside.
    • Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add the fish and cook until browned and cooked throughout, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Feel free to add more oil if it seems that the fish is sticking.
    • To Plate: Place the cooked blackened fish on a toasted hoagie bun and serve with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tartar sauce.


    Calories: 613kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 47gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1593mgPotassium: 1210mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1754IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 12mg
    Course: lunch
    Cuisine: American