Shrimp Cakes with Thai-Chili Sauce

The shrimp cakes with the chili lime cream sauce will be a hit for entertaining family and friends. Everything can be made ahead of time, and reheated and ready to serve!

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Shrimp Cakes are very similar to crab cakes, but easier on your wallet to make.

Mixing Shrimp Cakes in Food Processor

The cake mixture is held together with an egg and panko Japanese breadcrumbs. After forming the mixture into cakes, fry the cakes in batches until browned on each side and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. The result is a crispy outside with a tender, meaty inside that will make your mouth water.

Shrimp Cake on Plate

These Shrimp Cakes with Thai-Chili Sauce taste so much better than from a fancy restaurant! A crispy exterior with tender pieces of shrimp on the inside, and one flavorful sauce drizzled on top! This recipe is fantastic as an appetizer or main course!

The inside of the Shrimp Cake

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Shrimp Cakes with Thai Chili-Lime Sauce


  • Ingredients for shrimp cakes:
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice – fresh
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. fresh cilantro – minced
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce or more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 2 cups panko Japanese breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbs. or more peanut oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup dry wine wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. fresh ginger – peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbs. shallot – minced
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tbs. chili-garlic sauce
  • 6 Tbs. 3/4 stick unsalted butter – room temperature and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.


  1. Preparation for shrimp cakes:
  2. Coarsely chop shrimp in the food processor. Add egg, green onion, lemon juice, mustard, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Pulse to combine well. Add 1 cup panko and pulse to combine. Form into 12 3-inch diameter cakes and roll in remaining 1 cup of panko. Transfer to wax paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes. The cakes can be made up to 4 hours ahead.
  3. Heat 2 Tbs. peanut oil in heavy large skillet over med-high heat. Fry cakes in batches until browned on each side and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Preparation for Chili-Lime Cream Sauce:
  5. Combine first 4 ingredients in a heavy small saucepan. Boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add cream and boil until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Mix in chili-garlic sauce. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, whisking just until melted before adding next piece.
  6. Spoon 3 Tbs. Chili-Lime Cream Sauce onto each of 6 plates and top with two shrimp cakes.
  7. Market Tip: Unseasoned Japanese breadcrumbs called panko, give these shrimp cakes a light, crispy coating. Dry white breadcrumbs make a good substitute. Panko is available in the Asian foods section of some supermarkets and at Asian markets. Gluten-free avaible.

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