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Shrimp cakes served in a large white plate and garnished with parsley.

Shrimp cakes

These Shrimp cakes are light, filling, perfectly browned, moist and tender. Use these tips to make the best shrimp cake from prep to plate!
Course Appetizer, side
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 Cakes
Calories 162kcal


For the cakes:

  • 1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/4 red chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp mayo optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • parsley or Cilantro
  • 3 tbsp Oil for frying

Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce

  • 1 avocado halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water more as needed to adjust consistency
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves and stems - tightly packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp salt
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 lime Juiced


  • Place the shrimp in the food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped – do not over process. If you love some texture in the shrimp cake, you can chop the shrimp into pieces with a sharp knife.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl. Add bread crumbs, eggs, chopped onion, crushed garlic cloves, red chili flakes, mayo, parsley, and spices. Stir gently until well combined.
  • Form the mixture into 8 to 10 patties.
  • In a large pan, heat oil over medium to high heat. Add the shrimp patties(don’t overcrowd) and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

For the sauce

  • Add all the ingredients in the food processor and blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Stop to scrape down the sides as necessary. Serve with the shrimp cakes with lemon wedges on the side.


  1. It’s best to add the water a little at a time. For a thinner consistency, add more water, and for a thicker, consistency add less water.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg