24 Sep2012

A good lobster roll is one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. But good lobster is extravagant and hard to get in Manila, so when I have a hankering, I make a shrimp or crabmeat sandwich instead. With some chervil still in the fridge a few days after I found the herb at S&R (they still stock it, saw some yesterday), I decided to make some shrimp salad sandwiches with chervil and chives.

I used some nice crunchy celery as an “extender” to stretch the poached shrimp meat. I happen to like celery, but others don’t so think about who will be eating your sandwiches before you decide to add celery. The shrimp were brined for an hour so, poached until just cooked, de-viened, and left out on the kitchen counter to cool a bit. Placing cooked shrimp in the fridge tends to toughen the meat, so avoid that if possible. We poached and prepared the shrimp about an hour before meal time.

Add a few tablespoons of good mayonnaise, the juice of half a lemon, some salt and pepper, chopped chives and chervil and mix thoroughly. Don’t overdo the mayonnaise, a lot of folks tend to go overboard, but you don’t want to “hide” the shrimp, just give it some richness while the lemon juice brings freshness and thins the mayonnaise.

Place in some bread rolls of your choice (ideally some hotdog rolls cut on top rather than on the side), in this case I had some baguettes, with some of the bready part inside removed, and brushed the insides with some melted butter. Fill with generous amounts of shrimp and celery and serve immediately. :)



  1. ykmd says:

    Yum! And I imagine the crunch from the celery would make a great contrast to the silky shrimp :)

    Sep 24, 2012 | 6:05 am


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  3. millet says:

    my kind of sandwich – toasted baguette, heavy on the shrimp and light on the mayo. MM, have you ever had those giant mantis shrimp? just got back from palawan and had plenty of those -they taste like a cross between lobster and crab, and would be perfect as sandwiches.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 6:21 am

  4. PITS, MANILA says:

    that looks so good, even without the chervil. i love celery too.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 6:55 am

  5. cecile says:

    omg! it looks so yummy! hope i can make some soon! :)

    Sep 24, 2012 | 8:07 am

  6. Betchay says:

    appealing colors…looks so yummy…added to my growing list of must-do-things.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 8:27 am

  7. sophie says:

    reading this in the morning makes my tummy growl. great sandwich MM… same with Betchay, this will be in my to do list too.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 8:30 am

  8. joanie says:

    looks really good. if you happen to come to NY again, i suggest you to visit http://redhooklobsterpound.com/. they have REALLY good lobster sandwich.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 9:24 am

  9. ohinuj says:

    This post made me hungry. =) We make a shrimp salad at home at sometimes I put this into a sandwich. Sarap!

    Sep 24, 2012 | 10:03 am

  10. paeng3 says:

    Drooling over this………….Yum!

    Sep 24, 2012 | 11:02 am

  11. Anna Banana says:

    Yummy! This is my kind of sandwich!

    BTW, MM, I heard the S&R sale starts on wednesday!

    Sep 24, 2012 | 11:44 am

  12. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Love a good sandwich.Nice sub for a lobster roll.Look so yummy!! I love the crunch of a celery..Celery dip with peanut butter,Celery with cream cheese.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 12:10 pm

  13. Sarah says:

    Looks yummy. My brother and I make a similar one, but we usually put a little dijon mustard in ours.

    Sep 24, 2012 | 4:33 pm

  14. Ynna says:

    What would make a good substitute for celery? (not very fond of it…) Would cucumbers work?

    Sep 24, 2012 | 5:51 pm

  15. Cristy says:

    I haven’t tried shrimp salad sandwiches before but then again I have just recently become really interested in cooking, thanks to you, MM! :) This recipe is on top of my list of what to cook simply because I have most of the ingredients in my refrigerator except for good mayonnaise. Hard to find good mayonnaise in my part of China but I know just where to buy one :) Have a great week!

    Sep 24, 2012 | 8:25 pm

  16. pietra says:

    They look so yummy. May I know what brand of mayonnaise you use? I like Heinz but I can’t seem to find it here in Manila. Thanks!

    Sep 24, 2012 | 9:45 pm

  17. joey @ 80 Breakfasts says:

    Know that I will not be able to stop thinking about this until I manage to replicate it myself!

    Sep 24, 2012 | 9:56 pm

  18. Marketman says:

    Pietra, when I need good mayonnaise, I make it… :) But the European mayonnaises in tubes are nice too. When in a hurry, buy good REAL mayonnaise, look at the labels, and bring it up a notch by adding a touch of lemon and perhaps a bit of olive oil and mix well…

    Sep 24, 2012 | 10:00 pm

  19. GerryT says:

    Yummy!Ty for sharing! =)

    Sep 24, 2012 | 10:51 pm

  20. netoy says:

    In lieu of the celery whose taste may be off-putting to some people, try using chopped cucumber instead (without the seeds). This will offer the same crunch. Add some salt to offset the blandness of the cucumber. MM – I like the idea of cutting the hotdog buns on top rather than the side. Less mess nga naman. Thanks.

    Sep 25, 2012 | 2:37 am

  21. betty q. says:

    A must on our house shrimp/ lobster roll is a few squirts of our house made LOBSTER OIL!!!!

    MM…am in Florence and guess what…found your shoe place and prices has gone up but still reasonable compared to other stores.

    Sep 25, 2012 | 3:44 am

  22. Marketman says:

    bettyq, glad to hear you found the shoe store, I MISS it and need replacements for mine soon… :) Enjoy Italy! I have a post on your Tuscan Style Salmon Sardines up soon! :)

    Sep 25, 2012 | 6:54 am

  23. Betchay says:

    Betty Q! so envious of your Italian holiday! Enjoy..enjoy…enjoy! Ciao! :)

    Sep 25, 2012 | 7:12 am

  24. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    Shrimp salad on hot dogs…don’t laugh…its good.

    Sep 25, 2012 | 10:49 am

  25. rvinno says:

    Since I don’t eat celery, I’m going to try this with fresh asparagus.

    Sep 25, 2012 | 12:31 pm

  26. LBFoodTrip says:

    I want to try this real soon! You’re the best Market Man!

    P.S. I’ve been “quietly” enjoying your blog for a while now. You’re really my go-to guy when it comes to my culinary adventures. God bless you!

    Oct 3, 2012 | 1:51 am


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