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Shirmp Cake being dipped into Lemon Aioli

Easy Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

This is the Shrimp Recipe that all Shrimp lovers are going to be drooling over! These Easy Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli combine boatloads of tender juicy Shrimp, crunchy Panko bread crumbs, chives and lemon to create one salivating combination!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Shrimp,lemon,garlic,breadcrumbs,chives,finger food,hot appetizer,
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Cakes
Calories 311kcal
Author Nicole Crocker


Mixing bowl
Sharp knife
Food processor / optional
Cutting board
Spoon for mixing
Ice cream scoop/ optional


For the Shrimp Cakes

  • 1 pound Large shrimp ,cleaned, shelled and deveined. Larger Shrimp will make this process quicker and easier.
  • 1 Cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lemon ,zested
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Lemon Aioli

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 Cloves Garlic ,pressed or finely minced
  • 1 Lemon ,juiced and zested

For cooking

  • 1-2 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil


For the Shrimp Cakes

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Rinse Shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel.
    Cleaned shrimp being pat dry with paper towel
  • Devein shrimp and chop into small bits. Most should be about the size of a pea or slightly larger.
    Raw shrimp on a cutting board being chopped with a knife
  • In a large bowl add bread crumbs, egg, mayonnaise, chives, lemon zest and salt and pepper and mix to combine.
    Shrimp cake ingredients other than the shrimp mixed in a bowl
  • Add chopped shrimp to bread crumb mixture and mix to combine and coat shrimp well.
    Bread crumb mixture with shrimp added and mixed well.
  • Scoop mixture with large ice cream scooper and pat with hands to for a round patty. (If coating with extra bread crumbs do so at this point. Place extra panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl or dish and press all sides of patty on them.) Reduce heat to medium and place patty into hot oil in skillet and cook for about 3-5 minutes then flip and cook on other side for another 3-5 minutes until patties are cooked through. ( Watch closely and adjust heat as needed so you do not burn patties)
    Shrimp Cakes cooking in large skillet.
  • Place cooked patties on a serving dish and serve hot with Lemon Aioli Dipping Sauce. (I recommend not skipping the Lemon Aioli! It's the highlight of this dish!)
    Over head shot of patties on a plate with lemon aioli dipping sauce and a sliced lemon

For the Lemon Aioli

  • In a small mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, crushed garlic, juice and zest from 1 lemon.
    Over head shot of Lemon Aioli Ingredients
  • Mix well to combine then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
    Lemon Aioli in a bowl


*Recipe is made and written as a main dish but can also be made and served as an appetizer. You may wish to make smaller portions to serve as finger food appetizers. Cooking time should roughly be the same but nutrition fact with differ per patty.
*For extra crispy Shrimp Cakes coat the outside of patties with extra panko bread crumbs before cooking.
* I recommend not skipping the Lemon Aioli! It is truly the highlight of this dish!


Serving: 1patty | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg