Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise

4.80 from 5 votes
1 hour 50 minutes
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Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise are perfect for a party!  They’re easy to make and can be made ahead and reheated.  They also freeze well so you can make them really far in advance!

Photo of Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise on white oval platter garnished with lemon and parsley.

Hey, shrimp lovers!  (Okay, that would be me, too!)  I’ve got a recipe you’re going to love!  Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise are easy to make, reheat well and freeze well, too!

Because of that, fish and seafood cakes, in general, are one of my favorite things to make for personal chef clients.  They can even be reheated without thawing them first!  How’s that for a great weeknight dinner idea?

How to make shrimp cakes:

  • Start with fresh, raw, peeled and deveined wild-caught gulf shrimp.  None of that farmed imported shrimp, okay?
Photo of fresh, raw wild-caught shrimp on blue-rimmed plate.
  • Coarsely chop the shrimp either by hand or in a food processor.  (True confessions time:  No photo of that step as chopped shrimp is impossible to make look good.  However, that issue only lasts until you get everything mixed together.)
  • Along with the other ingredients, form into even-sized cakes.  I like to do that with a 1/3-cup measuring cup then invert it onto a baking sheet.
  • If you have any shrimp cake mixture left over (which should only be a small amount), simply press it onto the other cakes.
  • Chill the cakes in the refrigerator for approximately an hour or in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.  This will make them easier to brown without their falling apart.
Photo of uncooked assembled shrimp cakes on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • While the shrimp cakes are chilling, make the roasted red bell paper mayonnaise.  Transfer it to a bowl and refrigerate until needed so the flavors blend.
Photo of roasted red bell pepper mayonnaise in food processor.
  • Dredge the shrimp cakes in panko and brown in oil.
Photo of fried shrimp cakes in skillet.
  • As you brown the shrimp cakes, place them on a baking sheet with a rack set over it so the oil drains off.  I highly recommend not using paper towels because the bottom will get soggy.
Photo of 12 fried shrimp cakes on cooling rack set on baking sheet to drain.
  • Place the shrimp cakes in the oven for 8-10 minutes to finish cooking through…
Close-up photo of cooked shrimp cakes on cooling rack set over baking sheet to drain.
  • And you’ve got the party started!
Photo of Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise on plates with one cut in half and garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.

Serve with the roasted red bell pepper mayonnaise and your friends and family are going to love you!

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Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise

4.80 from 5 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise are perfect for a party!  They’re easy to make and can be made ahead and reheated.  They also freeze well so you can make them really far in advance!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Fish and Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 422 kcal

Ingredients
  

Shrimp Cakes

  • 1 1/4 pounds shrimp - peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 4 scallions - white and light green part only, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley - plus more for garnishing
  • 2/3 cup panko - plus more for dredging
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg - beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil - for frying
  • Lemon wedges - for serving

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jar (5-ounce) roasted red bell peppers - drained and patted dry
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 scallions - white and light green part only, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste

Instructions
 

Shrimp Cakes

  • Mince shrimp by hand or in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a mixing bowl along with scallions, parsley, panko, mayonnaise, egg, Old Bay, Worcestershire, salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Form into 12 even-sized cakes.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place a rack over a baking sheet.
  • Place approximately 1/4-inch of oil in a skillet or saute pan. Heat over medium-high until shimmering.
  • Dredge the shrimp cakes in panko and, working in batches, carefully place them in the hot oil. Brown 2 minutes per side or until golden. Place shrimp cakes on the rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat until all the cakes are browned.
  • Place in the oven and bake 8-10 minutes or until cooked through to 165 degrees in the center.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve shrimp cakes with mayonnaise and lemon wedges.

Notes

Fish cakes of any variety reheat and freeze well. If freezing, place in an airtight container and freeze up to 2 months. Fish cakes may be reheated in an oven without thawing.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cakes | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    Carol,
    These shrimp cakes sound amazing and so good with that delicious roasted red pepper mayonnaise. OH how good does that sound?! I bet that would be great on a Brioche bun for a grilled cheeseburger too!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! They’re delish and I could eat the mayonnaise with a spoon! There are tons of ways the mayo could get used, too. Love the idea of it with a burger!