Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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A little twist on the typical crab cake. I had a pound of frozen shrimp in the freezer and went on a search for a paleo, gluten-free shrimp recipe. I stumbled on this one and followed it to a “t”.

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The only tweak I did make from the original recipe was pairing the shrimp cakes with this tasty, creamy avocado dressing. it was simple to whip up and really light and creamy.

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I topped some mixed greens with the shrimp cakes, added a dollop of creamy avocado dressing, a squirt of lemon and sprinkled the green onions on the top. Delectable.

This recipe can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free sriracha.

{ I always use organics whenever available }

Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dressing
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp (shelled, cleaned, tails cut off)
  • 1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut, divided (⅔ cup, ⅓ cup)
  • 2 diced green onions (keep the white part and the green part separate)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • Squirt of sriracha
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon wedged
  • A generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 -5 Tablespoons coconut oil for cooking
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper infused rice vinegar
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  1. Put cooked shrimp in food processor and pulse until shrimp is the finely chopped, almost paste-like.
  2. In a medium bowl combine shrimp, ⅔ cup shredded coconut, white parts of green onions, dijon mustard, egg, sriracha, lemon zest, salt/pepper. Combine with a fork until all ingredients are well blended.
  3. Place ⅓ cup of the remaining coconut in a separate small bowl.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons coconut oil on medium/low. To test oil, drizzle a drop of water in the pan and see if it pops. If it does, your oil is ready.
  5. Form about 2 - 3 tablespoons of shrimp mixture into a flat patty, about a ½ inch thick.
  6. Sprinkle one side of the patty with shredded coconut (press it into the patty), turn it over and do the same on the other side.
  7. Place patty in heated oil. Cook about 3 - 4 minutes each side until nicely browned.
  8. Repeat until all patties have been cooked. You may have to do 2 rounds as all the patties may not fit in your pan at one time.
  9. Place cooked patties on a plate lined with a couple of paper towels to soak up excess oil.
  11. Place all ingredients for dressing in a food processor and blend thoroughly.
  13. Top some mixed greens with shrimp cakes, a dollop of avocado dressing, a squirt of lemon and a sprinkle of green onions.
  14. Enjoy!


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