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Shrimp Cakes for Dinner with Friends

Try these savoury, irresistible shrimp cakes with a gingery-lime mayonnaise and salad. With a little advanced preparation, they come together very quickly, and before you know it, an excellent light supper is on the table. On this particular evening, we shared the meal virtually with friends across the country. Through the magic of Zoom, we cooked and ate dinner with Towny and Susan in Portsmouth (New Hampshire), with Emily and Matt in Asheville (North Carolina), and with Aida and Hannah in Chicago (Illinois). I sent everyone the recipe, equipment needed, and how to prepare the mise-en-place to help with the meal prep flow.

Shrimp Cakes Dinner

Shrimp Cakes with Lime-Ginger Mayonnaise

David Scott Allen | Cocoa & Lavender
The recipe makes 8 shrimp cakes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Lime for zest
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Freshly Chopped Ginger squeezed dry
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Canola Oil plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Carrot
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Shiitake Mushroom Caps (about 4-6 mushrooms)
  • 1/2 lb Raw Shrimp peeled, deveined, and coarsely chopped by hand
  • 1/2 lb Skinless Halibut cod, or sole fillet, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or more to taste
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 tsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Canola Oil
  • Chives for garnish
  • Salad Greens for serving


  • Process egg, lime zest, lime juice, mustard, ginger, soy, sugar and 3 tablespoons canola oil for a few seconds in the food processor. With motor running, slowly add – in a constant 1/8-inch-thick stream – the remaining cup of canola oil until it is all used up and mayonnaise consistency is reached.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and keep refrigerated. (The addition of ginger and soy sauce make this mayonnaise a bit thinner than usual.) Clean the bowl and blade of the processor.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, cook carrot, onion, and mushrooms in 1/2 cup water, uncovered, stirring frequently, until carrot and onion are softened, about 4 minutes (the liquid will have evaporated and the vegetables will begin to brown).
  • Cool slightly. Combine shrimp, fish, vegetable mixture, yolks, sea salt, soy sauce, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times till mixture forms a chunky paste. Scrape into a bowl and chill, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the 4 tablespoons canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over moderate heat until shimmering. While oil is heating, form shrimp mixture into eight 1/2-inch thick patties. I used a ring mold (3.5 inches) and filled it halfway.
  • Fry cakes until a light golden, about 2 minutes on each side, then transfer with a spatula to paper towels to drain. Serve on a bed of greens — I prefer a peppery variety such as arugula or mizuna — with a dollop of the mayonnaise; garnish with chives, and pass remaining mayonnaise on the side.
Keyword Mayonnaise, Seafood Recipes, Shrimp
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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