Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

If you love shrimp recipes, these shrimp cakes are for YOU! They are juicy, tender and so flavorful. These shrimp fritters always disappear fast! P.S. DO NOT skip the lemon aioli sauce.

This is a surprising way to use shrimp but it’s also the best way to make a pound of shrimp go a long way. Biting into juicy shrimp, fritter style, is a real treat. The cheese creates an irresistible cheese pull inside and forms a golden crust on the outside.

Shrimp Cakes

Shrimp Calories / Shrimp Nutrition:

  • Purchase wild-caught shrimp whenever possible.
  • Avoid “Farm-Raised Shrimp” or anything marked “Farmed,” especially coming from overseas where they may be produced in unsafe or unhealthy conditions and could lead to health problems.
  • There are about 99 calories in 100 grams of cooked shrimp.

Ingredients for Shrimp Cakes Recipe:

The ingredients here are so simple and come together quickly for an easy appetizer or side with dinner or lunch. Combining raw diced shrimp with a batter creates an irresistibly good shrimp fritter. I hesitate to call them ‘fritters’ because fritters are often deep-fried but you don’t need much oil at all in this recipe. I usually use 1 to 2 Tbsp for the entire batch. Seriously though, don’t skip the lemon aioli sauce – it is everything with these shrimp cakes; dunk after dunk.

Cook’s Tips: Here are our favorite measuring spoons that I bragged about in the video. Also, a trigger release ice cream scoop makes it so easy to portion and sauté these while keeping your hands clean. Also, a non-stick pan works best to keep the patties from falling apart while cooking.

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Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

If you love shrimp recipes, these shrimp cakes are for YOU! The cheesy crust creates a juicy, tender and flavorful center. P.S. DO NOT skip the lemon aioli sauce

For the Shrimp Cakes/ Fritters:

  • 1 lb large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese (1 1/2 cups shredded)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp parsley finely chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 Tbsp light olive oil or high heat cooking oil of choice

For the Lemon Aioli Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove pressed or finely minced

How to Make Shrimp Cakes:

  1. Pat dry shrimp with paper towels then dice into pea-sized pieces.*

  2. Transfer chopped shrimp to a large mixing bowl. Add 4 oz shredded mozzarella, 1 egg, 1/4 cup mayo, 2 Tbsp parsley, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir together then add 1/4 cup flour and mix until batter is creamy and well combined.

  3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add 1 heaping Tablespoon at a time (or a level ice cream scoop) and flatten out the tops of your fritters as you go so they are about 1/2" thick patties. Saute about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown on the edges and cooked through.

How to Make Lemon Aioli Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, add mayo and stir to remove any lumps. Add 1 tsp lemon zest, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and pressed garlic clove and stir to combine. 

*You can use a food processor to chop the shrimp, but pulse carefully so you don’t turn it into ground shrimp meat.

Nutrition for Lemon Aioli Sauce is not included in the recipe since we usually don’t consume the full amount with 1 batch of shrimp cakes. Based on 8 servings for the sauce, each serving has 96 calories, 89 mg sodium, 0 g sugars, 5 mg cholesterol (2%), 10 g total fat with 1 g saturated fat (5%). 

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Shrimp Cakes

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