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Tender Shrimp Cakes

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Craving Seafood? You’ll love these fresh, tender shrimp cakes!

Having grown up on the coast of New England, I have an innate affinity for all things seafood, shrimp, lobster, clams, haddock, you name it- chances are I’ve happily devoured it. The problem many families find is that seafood can be somewhat pricey. This happens to be a very affordable dish!

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Several times per year the price of shrimp plummets, so we take advantage of those sales and stock the freezer with several pounds of cleaned, raw shrimp. If you’re not familiar with sales cycles, you can check out a comprehensive listing of them on our sister site, GroceryBudget101.com.

This recipe is an off-the-cuff throw-together that I never seem to make the same way twice. I generally don’t measure the ingredients, but rather eye them depending on the number of people dining with us.

tender shrimp cakes

I love the light buttery flavor the Ritz crackers impart into each bite of the shrimp cakes!

Shrimp Cakes

You’ll Need:
16 large uncooked shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined
1 large egg
1 green onion, sliced
3 Tbs. Red Onion, Finely Diced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or 1 TBS bottled lemon juice)
1 tablespoon Melted Butter
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
14-18 Ritz Crackers, Crushed

Oil for frying

fresh raw shrimp in bowl

Crush the crackers into a medium-sized bowl. Coarsely chop the peeled, deveined shrimp. Don’t get too overzealous with this; you want bite-size morsels, not mince.

ritz crackers shrimp cake ingredients

Add the coarsely chopped shrimp to the crushed crackers. Sprinkle the minced cilantro evenly over the top. Add the green onion slices, season with salt and pepper, stir lightly to combine.

In a small bowl beat 1 egg, then add the melted butter, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, and old bay seasoning. Pour the mixture over the cracker/shrimp mixture and stir until evenly coated.

mixing raw shrimp cake ingredients

Form the mixture in several small patties, about the size of hamburgers.

form raw shrimp cake ingredients in patties

Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan to 350F. Once the oil is hot, add the shrimp cakes to the pan and fry until golden brown.

frying raw shrimp cakes in hot oil

Flip one time, cook until golden brown, and transfer the golden shrimp cakes to a plate lined with paper towels or lint-free cotton cloth to drain for 1 minute.

golden brown shrimp cakes fring in hot oil

Serve with a fresh garden salad and Lime Crema.

fried shrimp cakes on papertowels

golden brown shrimp cakes fring in hot oil
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Tender Shrimp Cakes

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Move over crab cakes, there's a new seafood in town and its name is shrimp cake! This dish is made by combining cooked and chopped shrimp with bread crumbs, egg, onion, and seasonings. The mixture is then formed into small patties and pan-fried until golden brown. Serve these hot and fresh with your favorite dipping sauce for a crave-worthy appetizer or main course. Who says you can't have your seafood and eat it too?
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
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Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, MYO, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 204 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Sharp Knife
  • 1 high-sided skillet or fry-daddy

Ingredients
  

  • 16 large uncooked shrimp about 1 pound, peeled, deveined
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 3 tablespoona Red Onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoona fresh lemon juice or 1 TBS Concentrated lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Butter Melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro minced
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (we use franks)
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 14-18 Ritz Crackers Crushed
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

Prepare Shrimp Cakes

  • Crush the crackers into a medium-sized bowl. Coarsely chop the peeled, deveined shrimp. Don't get too overzealous with this; you want bite-size morsels, not mince.
    14-18 Ritz Crackers
  • Add the coarsely chopped shrimp to the crushed crackers. Sprinkle the minced cilantro evenly over the top. Add the iced red onion and thinly sliced green onion slivers, season with salt and pepper, stir lightly to combine.
    16 large uncooked shrimp, 1 green onion, ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3 tablespoona Red Onion
  • In a small bowl beat 1 egg, then add the melted butter, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, and old bay seasoning. Pour the mixture over the cracker/shrimp mixture and stir until evenly coated.
    1 egg, 2 tablespoona fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Butter, ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

How to Cook Tender Shrimp Cakes

  • Form the mixture in several small patties, about the size of hamburgers.
  • Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan to 350°F. Once the oil is hot, add the shrimp cakes to the pan and fry until golden brown.
    Oil for frying
  • Flip one time, cook until golden brown, and transfer the golden shrimp cakes to a plate lined with paper towels or lint-free cotton cloth to drain for 1 minute.
  • Serve with a fresh garden salad and Lime Crema.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 340mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 399IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mgNet Carbs: 16g
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