appetizer, Brunch, Food, Recipes, Vegetables

Corn and Shrimp Cakes

Corn and Shrimps Cakes Ronit PensoWith wonderful abundance of fresh corn from the farm stand, I can’t help but buy and cook it often. On top of enjoying the corn on its own, I also end up incorporating it in assorted dishes.

These tasty cakes are one quick way to use some of the leftover cooked corn. The fresh, sweet corn pairs beautifully with the shrimps, and the herbs, lime and spices add the right amount of freshness and flavor.
Served with a small salad on the side, these cakes are perfect for summer brunch or lunch. Another option, not shown here, is to prepare much smaller cakes and serve them as finger food.
Whichever way you’ll decide to serve them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy their fresh taste and ease of making.

Makes: 12-14 cakes
Prep time: 30 minutes

4 scallions
½ cup cilantro
1 tsp finely grated ginger
1 Tbs lime zest
1½ cups cooked corn kernels (from 2 fresh corn cobs)
1½ cups coarsely chopped peeled and deveined shrimps (from about 15 medium, fresh or frozen, thawed)
1½  tsp salt
¼ tsp hot paprika
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 XL egg
1 Tbs lime juice
1/3 cup fine semolina
2 Tbs flour
Oil for frying
Lime wedges for serving

1. Place the scallions, cilantro, ginger and lime zest in a small food processor, fitted with the metal blade, and process coarsely. Transfer to a bowl.
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2. Add ½ of the corn kernels to the food processor and process to a fairly fine mixture. Add to the bowl, along with the rest of the corn kernels.
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3. Process the shrimps coarsely and add to the bowl. Add the salt, spices, egg and lime juice and mix well. Add the semolina and flour and mix again.
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4. Preheat oil for shallow frying in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add ¼ cup of the mixture and fry the cakes until golden on both sides. Serve hot or at room temperature, with lime wedges.
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87 thoughts on “Corn and Shrimp Cakes”

          1. We eat a lot of protein in other ways, so I don’t worry about that content of a single dish, but do I assume that your reference to it means that the shrimps’ protein plays a part in the binding of the ingredients? What about cucumber? Odd, but might work for the texture, and then I could plop in an extra egg for binding. What about adding some grated Parmesan for a flavor boost from within?

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  1. I so want to eat these cakes, am drooling over these pictures, yummy post that makes me want to make and eat them now! But I cannot, need to buy the ingredients first. Ronit, I make use of shrimps to make snacks but never paired with corn, a must try recipe👍🏻. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Ashu, I’m glad you liked the recipe and photos. I love corn so much that by now I think I’ve paired it with just about anything… But this particular pairing is on top of my list. I hope you’ll make and enjoy it as well. I’ll be happy to hear your comments. 🙂

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  2. These look like Tasty Eats to the extreme! 😋 With the in-season corn, these cakes must be fabulous, Ronit…I imagine the shrimp add so much…from the flavor to the texture! Delicious offering!

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    1. lol Thank you Nancy! I’m glad you liked my “mix and match” cakes. I love fresh corn so much I try to pair it with just about anything. This recipe is really standing out and was worth sharing. I will definitely make it again while the fresh corn is still so abundant, and probably later too, with frozen corn. 🙂

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  3. Corn and shrimp- my tow favorites together! Ronit I cannot stop drooling over those scrumptious crispy cakes! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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        1. Yes, smaller ones are perfect for finger food.
          I love corn soups and just made a light corn chowder with sweet potatoes. It turned out very tasty, but it’s still too hot for hot soup, so the A/C was on with full force.. Corn Vichyssoise sounds wonderful and much better suited for this weather. I think I’m going to steal the idea. 🙂

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  4. Corn on the cob is my veggie of choice with my meals right now. Sometimes I just grill a couple ears and have a salad and that’s dinner! I make a corn salad but pairing corn with shrimp into cakes is delicious I’m sure. I have a bunch of shrimp recipes and I will be happy to add this to my collection 🙂

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    1. Same here Judi, I can’t seem to have enough of corn when it’s so fresh and tasty and I end up adding it to just about anything. These cakes were a great success so I will definitely make them again. I hope you’ll enjoy them too. 🙂


  5. These look incredible. I was thinking of the fake grab myself but also chicken or fresh tuna would be great as well. I think I will try using eggplant. 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe.

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  6. Reporting to Chef Ronit: I made them with fake crab and some other changes, and my husband INHALED them! Since I don’t know the taste of shrimp, I thought they were delicious, too. Do I have your permission to post my version, with link to you, of course?

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  7. Wow, Ronit! The sweetness of fresh corn combined wth that of fresh shrimp sounds wonderful! Fry ’em up and you’ve got a real treat being served. Thank you so much for sharing this winner of a recipe. i cannot wait to give it a try. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Michael, for taking the time to comment and for such a great compliment!
      I’ve never been to Laos, and for this dish I was thinking more of Mexican flavors, but from your interesting comment it turns out the world is indeed a small place!
      Hope you’ll have a great time in your trip. Looking forward to reading about it. 🙂


  8. They look wonderful and am sure tastes awesome ..with yummy combination of shrimp and corn it cant get any better! Thanks for the wonderful share , hope to try it sometime!


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