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Ginger Shrimp Cakes

Have you ever had "shrimp toast"? It's usually found in Chinese "Dim Sum" restaurants. It's basically a gingery shrimp paste, which has been spread on toast, then the whole thing is fried into a crunchy, greasy triangle of hot crispy yumminess. I LOVE Shrimp Toast. It's very possibly one of my favorite things!

These cakes approximate the same flavor as Shrimp Toast. They are very slightly spicy, definitely shrimpy, tastes shrimpy and has some solid sesame notes. One of the missing pieces of the puzzle is the crispity sensation of the fried toast points, but ... life without toast is much brighter!

These little Chinese inspired Shrimp Cakes are quite easy to make, very appropriate for any low-carb way of eating, including induction, and are very likely a bit off the beaten path. Put a few of these on a light salad, or serve it alongside some UBER Crack Slaw and you've got a really great meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 377.155kcal
Author: DJ Foodie


  • 1 lb shrimp peeled, deveined and divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup cream heavy whipping
  • 1 tbsp hot sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 4 each garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
  • 4 whole green onions (scallions) cut into thin rings
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil (ghee coconut oil and/or sesame oil blend preferred)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Before you do anything, chill your food processor bowl and blade. This mixture needs to be made in a cold environment.
  • Add half of your raw shrimp to your food processor with a small amount of salt (about 1/2 tsp.), pepper and an egg. Turn the food processor on.
  • Through the hole in the top, slowly drizzle in your cream, until it is well blended. Do the same with the sesame oil. You'll have something that looks like paste. You may need to scrape down the edges and puree for another half moment. When you do this, add the soy sauce. Puree until smooth.
  • Scrape your shrimp paste into a bowl and place in the fridge.
  • Chop the rest of your shrimp into "chunks". The idea is, as you eat the cakes, you'll see multiple bits of whole shrimp, instead if it all being one pure puree. This reinforces that it's really shrimp, while also adding a little extra textural variety.
  • Take your bowl from the fridge and add your chopped shrimp, ginger, garlic, scallions and hot sesame oil. Mix well.
  • Pre-heat a flat top griddle, large sauté pan or a skillet over medium-low heat. Add a small amount of oil to the pan and watch for it to ripple. Once it begins to ripple, spoon out small circles of the paste and pat them thinner, to make something resembling pancakes. Cook them until golden brown. Flip them and cook the other side, until golden brown.
  • Serve!


Serving: 4g | Calories: 377.155kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.6125g | Protein: 26.6975g | Fat: 26.9g | Fiber: 1.4425g