Shrimp Cakes with Roasted Shrimp Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 59 min
1 hr 30 min
20 min
9 min

8 cakes, 4 servings

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning, divided, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg white, very cold
  • 1/4 cup cold heavy cream, very cold
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped, green tops only
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Emeril's Kick It Up Red Pepper Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dried fine bread crumbs
  • Roasted Shrimp Sauce, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Roasted Shrimp Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups shrimp shells and heads
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional
  • Toss the shrimp with 1 tablespoon of the Essence. Place half of the shrimp in the refrigerator until well chilled, about 20 minutes. Place the food processor bowl and blade in the refrigerator to chill.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon Essence and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the remaining half of the shrimp and cook until pink, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. Remove from the heat and spread on a plate to cool completely.

  • Place the chilled shrimp in the bowl of the food processor and process for 10 seconds. Add the egg white and process for 5 seconds. With the machine running, add the heavy cream through the feed tube in a steady stream.

  • Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cooked shrimp mixture, green onions, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper sauce, basil, and parsley, and mix well. Form into 8 cakes.

  • In a shallow bowl combine the flour with 1 tablespoon of the Essence. In another bowl beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. In a third bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the remaining tablespoon of Essence. One at a time, dredge the shrimp cakes first in the seasoned flour, then egg and then bread crumbs, shaking to remove any excess breading.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cakes in batches and cook until golden brown, about 2 1/2 minutes per side. Remove and drain on paper towels.

  • To serve, spoon the Roasted Shrimp Sauce on the bottom of 4 plates and top with 2 shrimp cakes each. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

  • Yield: 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch

  • Published by William Morrow, 1993.

Roasted Shrimp Sauce:
  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot to smoking over high heat. Add shells and cook, stirring, until the shells are bright orange and fragrant, 3 minutes. Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, cayenne, salt, and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the tomato paste begins to brown slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the brandy and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the water and cook until the pan is almost dry, 15 to 30 seconds. Add the cream and cook until reduced by half, about 7 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat. With a hand-held immersion blender or in batches in a food processor, puree the sauce until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain into a clean pot through a fine mesh strainer, pressing hard with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Place over medium heat and whisk in the cold butter 1 piece at a time. Add the lemon juice, if desired, and serve.

  • Yield: 2 cups

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