Food of the Philippines: Basil shrimp cakes

shrimp cakes
Basil Shrimp Cakes Recipe – The Perfect Appetizer –

This popular Thai style appetizer is a perfect Filipino recipe for a party snack – either way you will be the hit of the night. This recipe makes about three dozen snack-size shrimp cakes and takes about 15 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes to cook.

Sweet Chili-Lime Aioli:


1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise

zest from 1 lime


Basil Shrimp Cakes Ingredients:

2 cups peeled and de-veined shrimp

3 slices white bread (torn into pieces)

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 tablespoons chopped basil

2 tablespoons cubed yellow bell peppers

2 eggs

1 teaspoon fish sauce

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

You Will Also Need:

1 cup of breadcrumbs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 beaten egg

oil for frying


1- Make the chili-lime aioli – in a bowl, mix together Thai sweet chili sauce, mayo and lime zest – set aside in the chiller until ready to use.

2- Make the shrimp cakes – coarsely chop 2 cups shrimp and transfer to large bowl – add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly until well incorporated – set aside in chiller for 30 minutes

3- In the mean time, set out breadcrumbs, flour and beaten egg in separate bowls – shape shrimp mixture into patties using an ice cream scoop to measure evenly – when formed dip each patty in flour (brushing off excess) egg and coat in breadcrumbs – repeat until done

4-Heat oil pan and deep-fry patties until golden brown – serve with sauce on side – Enjoy!