Healthy New England-Style Shrimp Roll Recipe

Healthy New England-Style Shrimp Roll Recipe

This New England-Style Shrimp Roll recipe is the ultimate healthy summertime meal. Be sure to serve them with zesty green beans.

This lightened up New England-style shrimp roll recipe is my family’s favorite summertime recipe.

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites! 

After making it multiple times, I still can’t decide what’s my favorite part: the zesty mustard vinaigrette or the creamy, savory sauce coating perfectly cooked shrimp. 

Seriously, each component is so good on its own, but then put them together and the flavors just balance each other out so well. 

The first time Bry and I made these, it was just a regular after work dinner. But we were so excited about it that we made a huge batch for my birthday the next year and invited all our friends over to enjoy it with us. 

That’s another awesome thing about this recipe: it’s super easy to double, triple, or even quadruple for a dinner party.

Plus the actual cooking time takes less than 10 minutes and both sauces can be prepared ahead of time.

Learn how to make this recipe now – I promise it’ll quickly become a family-favorite! 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick to make.
  • Cool and creamy, yet also bright and tangy.
  • Always a hit with guests. 
  • Easy to prep ahead of time.
  • Can be made low carb if needed. 
Healthy New England-Style Shrimp Roll Recipe with zesty green beans

The zesty green beans are my favorite part of this meal!

I’ve never been a green bean kind of person. But let me tell you, these zesty green beans have totally changed my mind.

Not only is the lemon vinaigrette SO tangy and delicious, but by using thinner haricot verts (or even wax beans), the texture is so much better than the canned green beans many of us grew up eating. 

Bowl of zesty green beans

Ingredients Used to Make New England-Style Shrimp Rolls

For the New England-Style Shrimp Rolls: 

  • Shrimp: To make these more convenient use peeled and deveined raw shrimp. If using frozen, make sure your shrimp is fully thawed before making these rolls.
  • Old Bay seasoning: You can’t have a New England-Style shrimp roll without Old Bay seasoning! Buy it online or make your own blend at home. 
  • Olive oil-cased mayo: While lightened up, we’re still using a little mayo for flavor. I recommend using an olive oil-based or avocado oil-based mayo. 
  • Greek yogurt: You’ll want a plain Greek yogurt. I usually use whole fat, but 0% or 2% will both work. 
  • Tarragon: Fresh tarragon gives this recipe a little lightness in flavor. Plus, it just pairs so well with the Old Bay seasoning – don’t leave it out!
  • Whole wheat hot dog buns: I find hot dog buns to be the best for these rolls, but you could try a potato roll instead. For a low carb option, lettuce wraps would be good too. 

For the Zesty Green Beans: 

  • Haricots Vert: I actually prefer this recipe with wax beans, but since leaving Boston I haven’t been able to find them in Colorado. Haricots vert are French green beans, which are longer and thinner than traditional American green beans. 
  • Shallot: Shallots have a great mix of onion and garlic flavors. Shallots are my go-to for any vinaigrette-style dish. 
  • Lemons: Make sure to use fresh lemon juice.
  • Dijon mustard: Any dijon mustard works. Don’t use spicy brown or yellow. 
  • Old Bay seasoning: As mentioned above, this spice is essential for the flavor of this recipe.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: Make sure to use a good-quality olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make this New England-style shrimp roll recipe with zesty green beans. 

At first it may look like a lot of work, but I promise each step goes quickly! 

  1. Prep your green beans and make the vinaigrette. 
  2. Whisk together the Greek yogurt sauce.
  3. Cook the green beans over the stove. You can also grill them in a grilling basket too, but it may get messy. 
  4. Boil, saute, or grill your shrimp. Then toss the cooked shrimp in the Greek yogurt sauce.
  5. Assemble your shrimp rolls and enjoy! 

How to store the leftovers

I like to keep my shrimp and green beans separated, but you can store them together if you want. Regardless, keep the shrimp and green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Healthy New England-Style Shrimp for shrimp rolls

Can you make shrimp rolls ahead of time? 

Yes! These lightened up New England-Style shrimp rolls can be served hot or cold. So feel free to make the shrimp a day ahead and serve them chilled. 

I do recommend cooking the green beans the day-of, but you can marinate them the night before. 

Tips for making this healthy shrimp roll recipe with old bay seasoning 

  • Don’t substitute any of the ingredients. Usually I’m all about what you can use instead, but in this recipe, each ingredient is key for the final flavor profile of the dish. 
  • Watch your shrimp closely so you don’t overcook them. 
  • Use a soft bun. The perfect hot dog bun for these rolls is one that’s soft but not quite wonder bread. Essentially, you want it to hold up for a while and then get soggy when you’re ¾ of the way done with your roll.

More healthy shrimp recipes to try 

Looking for more healthy shrimp dinner recipes? Try one of these nutritious options:

If you tried this lightened up New England-Style Shrimp Roll recipe or any other recipe on the blog let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment/rating below! 

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Healthy New England-Style Shrimp Po Boy Recipe with Zesty Green Beans

This New England-Style Shrimp Roll recipe is the ultimate healthy summertime meal. Be sure to serve them with zesty green beans.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Shrimp Roll Recipe, New England-Style Shrimp Roll Recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Kelli


For the Green Beans:

  • 12- oz French green beans or wax beans
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp old bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil

For the Po Boys:

  • 1.5 lb uncooked shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 tsp old bay seasoning
  • ¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 4 Whole wheat hot dog buns
  • Optional hot sauce


Prep Green Beans and Vinaigrette:

  • Wash and drain green beans, then cut of the stem ends. Set aside.
  • Next, make mustard vinaigrette. In a small bowl, whisk together diced shallot, juice from 2 lemons, Dijon mustard, ½ tsp old bay seasoning, and salt and pepper (to taste). Once combined, whisk in olive oil then set aside.

For the Sauce:

  • Combine mayo, Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette that you just made, and 2 tsp old bay seasoning in a small bowl. Set aside.

Cook Green Beans:

  • To cook beans, place a large skillet over medium high heat. Add green beans to skillet and cook until blistered, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with the mustard vinaigrette. Set aside while you cook the shrimp.

Prepare Shrimp and Assemble Sandwiches:

  • Prepare the shrimp by rinsing peeled and deveined shrimp. To cook, option to boil or grill. If boiling, place a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add shrimp and 2 tsp of old bay seasoning to the pot and boil for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Drain and rinse under cold water for 30 seconds then place in a bowl. If grilling, toss shrimp in 2 tsp of old bay seasoning and skewer them. Place skewers on hot grill and cook about 2 minutes per side. Remove cooked shrimp from skewers and place in a bowl.
  • Add the Greek yogurt sauce to the cooked shrimp and toss to coat the shrimp.
  • To serve, place shrimp in the hot dog buns and serve the zesty green beans on the side. Option to add hot sauce on top of po boys. Enjoy!


Nutrition for ¼ of recipe (will vary based on brand of hot dog bun): 327 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 31g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 5g sugar, 17g protein

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  • Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen AvatarLauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen5 years ago

    OK, everything about this menu sounds delicious. I have some shrimp in the freezer which means this is on the menu for next week!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast5 years ago

      Thanks Lauren 🙂 I hope you give it a try, it really is such an awesome summer meal!

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