These easy shrimp cakes are loaded with veggies and herbs and pan seared to golden brown perfection. A simple and easy meal option that the whole family is sure to love!
Crab cakes are a classic dish that never goes out of style, but have you ever experienced shrimp cakes? They’re so easy to make and a great way to showcase fresh shrimp. Once you try them, you’ll be hooked!
The first step to making shrimp cakes is to finely chop raw shrimp meat. I find that a food processor works best for this part. Be sure not to over process your shrimp – you want small chunks, but you don’t want to grind it into a paste.
The shrimp is mixed with panko breadcrumbs, finely chopped red bell pepper, lemon zest, eggs and chives to form a batter. The batter will be on the wet side, but don’t let this deter you – the shrimp cakes will have the perfect texture when they’re cooked!
The final step is to cook the shrimp cakes. I use olive oil and I sear the shrimp cakes on both sides until they’re browned, crispy and cooked through.
I like to garnish my shrimp cakes with more fresh chives and a dollop of sour cream. They’re great served over rice with a green veggie on the side as a hearty yet elegant meal.
What I love about this recipe is it’s so versatile – you can change out the flavor combinations, or make different sized shrimp cakes to fit your needs. I like to make bite sized shrimp cakes for a fun and unique party appetizer, and sometimes I make my shrimp cakes on the larger side and put them between a bun to eat like a burger.
If you’re a shrimp fan, you’ll definitely need to give these tender and flavorful patties a try. You’ll also love these recipes for honey garlic shrimp and shrimp chow mein!
You might also love these Crispy Broccoli Parmesan Fritters and these Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potato Cakes!
- 1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
- 3 tablespoons sliced chives plus more for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Optional: sour cream and lemon wedges for serving
- Place the shrimp in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped - do not grind into a paste.
- Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl and add the panko breadcrumbs, red bell pepper, chives, salt, pepper, eggs, and lemon zest. Stir gently to combine.
- Form the shrimp mixture into 6 patties.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the shrimp patties in a single layer and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Serve immediately, topped with additional chives and sour cream if desired. Garnish with lemon wedges if desired.
Made half a recipe to try. Outstanding, extremely flavorful. Enjoyed so much made a full recipe the next day. Thank you
can i use different breadcrumbs or Zatarain’s shrimp fry instead of panko? I ran out
These were absolutely delicious! Can they be prepared and frozen to cook later? Has anybody tried it?
Allie M. says
Yummo! Can you add crab to the mixture ?
This is a really great party appetizer, but it can be a bit bland. I mixed in some red chilli powder to add a kick. But I think it might be good to also add in some italian herbs maybe.
Sara Byron says
I’ve made your recipe so many times and love it! Quick question though. Can I premix every thing and cook in a few hours? Will it become funky?
I make my patties ahead of time. Place on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator. One hour before frying I place the patties in the freezer.
I thawed some frozen shrimp that had been sitting around for a while, just because they’d been sitting around for a while and I thought I should eat them before they got freezer burned. But I didn’t have a plan. Then I thought, shrimp cakes! So I came online and found your recipe, and I’m really glad I did. They hit the spot and were so easy! Thanks!
Something must have gone wrong because mine never binded and turned into shrimp crumbles 🙁 It tastes yummy none the less
Karen Manetta says
Eggs are not listed in ingrediants but are in instructions. How many?
2 eggs 😉
I have made this twice now. It’s one of my boyfriend’s favourite meals that I make. Served it with sweet chilli noodles and vegetables. So easy to make. Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂
We made your shrimp scampi and it was very good. We had broccoli and 3 cheese tortellini as sides and they and your shrimp scampi were excellent. Thank you
Oh thank you! I am so glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you so much!
So many yummy recipes that I hope to try soon.
Yes, I hope you do! Let me know which ones are your favorite!
Marie Czarnecki says
Shrimp Cakes : Oh, I love this recipe and going to make this weekend.
YAY! It is so good! You will love them!