After preparing a plethora of Valentine’s sweets, I once again have post-holiday “dessert burnout” syndrome. Thus, I now find myself constantly craving protein –for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.
I will be eating a lot of these tasty little seafood patties in this new phase of protein craze. Hence I am delighted to share one of my favorite recipes with you –this one for simple, savory shrimp cakes.
- 1 pound (raw) shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt (adjust to your taste, I like things salty)
- ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
- ½ cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, for sautéing
- Place shrimp in food processor, pulse until finely chopped
- In a large bowl, combine chopped shrimp, bell pepper, garlic, scallions, lime juice, salt, chipotle, egg and cilantro
- Form mixture into 12 (½) inch thick patties, dip each in almond flour, coating thoroughly
- In a 9 inch skillet, over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil
- Add 4 patties to the skillet and cook about 5 minutes per side, until browned; remove and place on paper towel lined plate
- Repeat with remaining cakes
This gluten-free, high protein recipe for shrimp cakes is one of E’s favorites and also my husband’s. J won’t eat it unless under duress, preferring grilled cheese and quesadillas to just about anything I make these days. Alas, we had a good run for so many years where he was completely adventurous in his eating.
Now he is a pure carbo-holic asking me to pack him a lunch of sweetened, flavored yogurt with fruit leather. I have defied this wish of his and lunch comes home untouched day after day. Yesterday, after another virgin lunch came in the door, I asked him what was up and he said, “Mom, if you’d only pack me something good, then I would eat it!” Ok, yogurt and fruit leather, here we come. Can’t starve the boy.
As for myself? I’m sticking with the shrimp cakes.
I just made these tonight. They were wonderful! I did not have any problem with them sticking together. I did place the shrimp, pepper, onion and garlic in the food processor first and got that to the consistency I wanted. Then I added the egg and other ingredients. Maybe that helped.? Also, I used an ice cream scoop to place in the frying pan. They were the perfect little cakes.
I thought these were good, but my hubby was not a fan. I am going to try again making a few adjustments based on the other reviews here. For instance, I too had a difficult time forming the mixture into patties. It was very wet-like and just stuck all over my hands. My shrimp was probably too wet as others have mentioned. When I ran them thru the processor, it turned it into a shrimp paste rather than chopped shrimp. I literally had to use a spatula to scrap it out because it was very thick and pasty. Dipping it in the almond four was touchy because when I would try to pick up the pattie to flip it over it just mushed up. So I ended up just rolling it around in the four and trying to put thm back into pattie form on a sheet of wax paper. I used coconut oil to fry them in. 4-5 min per side. They were nice and golden brown and held together fine but were a bit too moist inside for my liking. I will definitely try again tho!
Suzannah W. says
Made these for my husband and myself last night. They were awsome!!! I didn’t have any trouble with them staying together. Sooooo yummy my husband is already asking when I will fix them again.
Chris LeClair says
I love the shrimp cake recipe. However, I tried using cooked lobster instead of shrimp.
My one question about using raw shrimp is how you ensure adequate cooking in such a short period of time?
Using cooked lobster tasted great…I am going to try a shrimp one soon.
Made these yesterday. It looks like a simple recipe, but was a lot more work than I realized. Every second was worth it. Delicious!!!!! :) I made a side of smashed sweet potatoes with olive oil, Earth Balance spread, cumin, chili powder and sea salt. Thank you for this terrific recipe!
I just made these for dinner and they were amazing! I admit I was really weirded out blending the raw shrimp in the food processor! I used trader joe’s almond meal. I added about a 1/4 cup into the mix as well. I baked them on a cookie sheet that I sprayed first then sprayed the tops of them. They held together PERFECTLY, better than I expected.
Thanks for the great recipe!
Love the flavor of these, and I also have a hard time keeping together. May be because I am using frozen shrimp and then defrosting them — perhaps more watery? When I process the shrimp, I wonder if I am doing it too much, or not enough. Anyway, they are tough to manage, but delish.
Thanks for your comment Jessica. Yes, these shrimp cakes are a little messy; you could try adding another egg to better hold the batter together. I also pat them together a bit more in the pan with my spatula to further shape them. Hope this helps and let me know now it goes next time :-)
I made these today and had a bit of trouble holding them together… in my second batch I added a 1/4 c. almond flour to the shrimp mixture before making patties and dredging in more almond flour and had much more success. I also put everything in the food processor at once the second go around and was much more pleased with the time to prepare, texture and general quality of the final outcome! Thanks Elana! You are awesome and have made eating healthy so much fun! I also use coconut oil rather than grapeseed oil for sauteing… coconut oil will not putrefy as readily into a transfat when heated. Thanks again!
We ate these tonight for dinner and they were unbelievably good. I should have patted my shrimp down a little better, but mine held together just fine. Thanks Elena!!
These are SO wonderful!! This is neck and neck with Elana’s stuffed mushrooms for my top favorite thing to eat! I love shrimp cakes but have wondered how I could make a good recipe using almond flour and here it is!! I will make these again and again and again!
I didn’t have any trouble at all keeping the cakes together. I think if the shrimp is well-drained of any water before food-processing, well ground in the processor and then not handled too much, they will stick together perfectly fine. I am going to try adding flakes of goat cheese inside them next time – I got the idea from a fancy restaurant my husband and I ate at on our honeymoon in Hawaii!
Thank you for another great dish, Elana!