I love crab cakes and I also love shrimp. So I wanted to make a shrimp cake or burger and came up with this recipe during the summer. I’ve served these shrimp cakes two different ways – over a bed of butter lettuce with cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, parsley, grilled corn off the cob and avocado with a drizzle of spicy aioli dressing or whatever else you would like to add. These shrimp cakes also make a good ‘burger’ served on a toasted sesame seed bun or other bun that isn’t too chewy and a spicy aioli dressing or mayo with lettuce and thinly sliced tomato. This is a fun summer, or what I like to always say, anytime, dish to make.
1 – 1 ½ pound of raw large Shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
2 tsp seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
2 tsp Garlic, finely minced or 1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Paprika
2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
1 Green Onion (Scallion) finely chopped
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1/3 – ½ cup Bread Crumbs, either regular or Panko, using Panko will give it a little more crunch on the outside, if desired
¼ cup of Olive Oil or Canola, or more if needed
¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp Old Bay Seafood Seasoning
¼ tsp Garlic powder
Dash of Salt and Pepper
1 Tbsp approx. of Lemon Juice
1 tsp Olive Oil
¼ Smoked Paprika, if desire
Rough chop half of the shrimp into chunks. Take the other half and mashed with a fork/spoon or put into a food processor and pulse until fine/smooth.
Combine the chopped and mashed shrimp into a bowl. Add in the lemon juice, salt and pepper, Old Bay seasoning, garlic, cilantro, green onion and mix. Then add in the egg and breadcrumbs. Add the paprika if desired.
Divide the mixture into four mounds and form into a round burger shape, slightly thick (not too thin) and then place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until the oil is heated.
Heat a large heavy duty pan (cast iron) with the oil on medium high heat. Gently place each shrimp burger into the pan and cook for about 5-8 minutes on each side until a nice golden color.
Aioli Sauce –
In a bowl, combine the mayo and all of the other ingredients and mix until fully combined.
Serve the shrimp cakes on a bun, on a bed of lettuce salad with fixings or in a shrimp bowl.
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