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Cajun shrimp croquettes

Cajun shrimp croquettes 

The holidays are coming soon and Cajun shrimp croquettes is a snack which fits for any occasion. Our croquettes are always party size and served as fingerfood. Croquettes comes in different sizes and flavors. Our blog is all about one of our favorite which is Cajun shrimp croquettes. A croquette must be gooey inside and crispy outside! Croquettes comes with a good flavored mustard. This can be dijon mustard. Honey mustard is a good one for croquettes as well!. In this blog, I am showing you the easiest way of making shrimp croquettes!

For this recipe you can use all kinds of shrimps. For our party croquettes we use North Sea shrimp. They are small and light pink of color. When you decide to use larger shrimp or prawns, make sure you cut them in pieces! A half an inch wide is the good size for a croquette.

Salpicon croquette filling with fried Cajun shrimp croquettes
Salpicon filling with shrimp

Inside gooey!

The inside of a Cajun shrimp croquette is a salpicon filling. This should be gooey and tasteful! When you take a bite, you should taste the gooeiness! Also it is important there are plenty of shrimp inside! When you buy  shrimp croquette on the streets or in a restaurant, there are not a lot of shrimps to find. This is disapointing! That’s why homemade are the best for parties, holidays or other occasions.

Another important factor for Cajun shrimp croquettes are herbs and Cajun seasoning. Use always fresh vegetables and herbs, not ground seasonings unless it is Cajun. So fresh small onions and parsley is a must! When you start with flavoring broth for this recipe, this is a combination of shrimp, milk and fresh herbs. When broth (shrimp milk) is ready, you need a strainer to get the broth liquid. The residu is for later when you are making a salpicon filling.

Cajun shrimp croquettes with Slap ya mama Cajun seasoning ready to fry
With Slap Ya Mama seasoning
Unfried Cajun shrimp croquettes with bread crumbs
ready for the deepfryer

Party size croquettes

You will think, how do I get nice shaped party croquettes? Well, we use a good grip medium sized ice scoop. Many kitchen supply stores sell ice scoops, but it is important you have a medium size and click system. Non click system ice scoop is good for ice cream only! When you use a good grip scroop, you will get nice round balls and it’s easier to role. When you have ball shaped salpicon fillings, you can roll them. Part one is roll each ball into fine sifted bread crumbs. Push each ball and roll them in oblong size croquette (approx 2  to 2 1/2 inch wide)!

Coating croquettes

After the first part of using fine sifted bread crumbs, you need egg whites with flour. Beated egg white with flour prevent your croquettes from bursting. Also your second layer of bread crumbs will stick because of egg wash. The second rond of bread crumbs should be less fine sifted. When you use panko for example, use a little food processor to break the panko. Never use seasoned bread crumbs for croquettes! They give this snack a different flavor! Regular and flaky bread crumbs are prefect for this recipe!

inside cajun shrimp croquettes
Crispy party croquettes

Frying tip!

Most people complain about bursting croquettes. This happens during frying and it happens for a reason. When you don’t have enough coating around your croquettes, it will find a way to make an opening. When you finished deepfrying croquettes, you find sometimes an empty crispy shell. That’s why it is important to use fine sifted bread crumbs first. Egg whites with flour comes next! The last part is less fine sifted bread crumbs and you will have a crispy crust! Deepfry per batch about 6 croquettes for 2.5 minutes! When you deepfry them frozen, fry them for 3.5 minutes.

After deepfrying, put them on a tray with kitchen towel for about 2 minutes and they are ready to serve! Serve Cajun shrimp croquettes with dijon or honey mustard. Another good dip is mayonnaise with mustard. This snack will be people’s favorite! This is because it is crispy, gooey and flavorful. When you have any questions about this recipe, please use our box below. For more party snacks inspiration, please see us on Pinterest or Google plus. Enjoy making Cajun shrimp croquettes.


Cajun shrimp croquettes

3 hr, 20 Prep Time

3 minCook Time

3 hr, 23 Total Time

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  • Shrimp milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of small shrimp
  • 1 medium size bay leaf
  • 1/2 string of thyme
  • 3/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salpicon filling
  • 1 cup of small shrimp
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 gelatine sheets
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cut all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp course salt
  • 1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Extra
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cup regular bread crumbs
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  1. Rinse one cup of small shrimp with water and add 2 tsp of lemon juice. Mix this with a spoon.
  2. Sauté 1 tbsp of butter, 1 chopped onion and 1 cup of small shrimps for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 2/3 cup of whole milk and stir well!
  4. Flavor this with 1 medium size bay leaf, 2 tsp chopped parsley, 3/4 tsp of cajun seasoning, and 1/2 string of thyme. Let this simmer for about 12 minutes!
  5. Use a strainer and your shrimp milk is ready! Collect the shrimps from the residu. You need this for your salpicon filling. You can throw away the residu now.
  6. Making salpicon filling
  7. Clean another cup with shrimp with water and mix shrimp with 2 tsp of lemon juice.
  8. Use a medium size bowl with cold tab water and put 2 gelatine sheets under water until use.
  9. Preheat 1/4 cup of butter and add 1/2 cup of all purpose flour. Stir well for about 1 1/2 minute until dry.
  10. Add in 3 parts shrimp milk to the batch and keep on stiring until this dissolves.
  11. Squeeze 2 sheets of gelatine and mix this in the batter. This must dissolve as well! Add the shrimp from the residu and mix this well with the batter. Add another cup of shrimp and stir well.
  12. Flavor your salpicon filling/batter with 1/2 tsp of cajun seasoning, 2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream, 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp mustard, 1 egg yolk, and fresh grated black pepper!
  13. Turn off the stove and mix 1 egg yolk into the batter until this dissolves. You have one smooth salpicon filling/batter. Use a medium size dish and fill this with salpicon filling. Cover the top with plastic film and let this cool off until room temperature. Then put it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  14. Use a clean countertop and dust this with fine bread crumbs.
  15. Use 2 medium bowls. One for 2 egg whites with 1 tbsp all purpose flour. Whisk well! 2nd cup with regular bread crumbs.
  16. Use a medium sized good grip ice cream scoop and click 1 round scoop of salpicon filling on your countertop. Roll a ball into fine bread crums first round size like a ball, then wide (approx 2 to 2 1/2 inch). This is the size of your croquette! Dip into egg white with flour wash and then with regular bread crumbs again. Make sure all sides are well covered with bread crumbs and whisked egg wash. When not your croquette will burst during deepfrying!
  17. When you have rolled all croquettes, prehead sunflower oil 360F or 180C. Deepfry per batch 6 croquettes for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until golden brown. Put each croquette on a piece of kitchen towel for about 2 minutes. Serve with honey mustard or hotsauce ketchup.


Prep time is includes 3 hours storage in the refrigerator! Use for the first round of coating fine bread crumbs. After egg wash you can use the same othe other bread crumbs. Use for this recipe small shrimp. When larger, cut them in peaces before use. This recipe is good for 12 shrimp croquettes. When you have tried this recipe, please tag us @cookiesanddoughemporium or end up on our hashtag #Cookiesanddoughemporium on Instagram.


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