Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No Excuses

Right up there with finding a delicious recipe that I already have all the ingredients for is learning that making and eating one of my (new!) favorite dishes is a step towards the protection of my bones (especially as I seem to be growing older much quicker these days).

So when I read that the author of one of my favorite food blogs has osteoporosis and in order to raise awareness for this all-too-common disease, she was hosting an event to "alert women to the potential risks of osteoporosis", I thought it might be as good as time as any to venture back into the world of food blogging events.

*Read Susan's post to learn all sorts of interesting, and dare I say alarming, facts about osteoporosis! I already knew I was at risk being a woman and Asian but now have a heightened awareness for other risk factors.

My recipe takes advantage of the fact that seafood and some herbs made it to the list of calcium-rich ingredients. It was hard enough to resist making these delicious Shrimp Cakes before I knew they contributed to the health of my bones, but now... it's almost an impossibility.

16 uncooked large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined
1 large egg
1 green onion, sliced
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 TBSP minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of ground black pepper
2 c panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 TBSP butter

1. Coarsely chop shrimp. *I chopped them with a knife to avoid having pureed shrimp. Add egg, green onion, lemon juice, mustard, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup panko.
2. Form mixture into desired sized cakes. Roll cakes in remaining 1 cup panko; transfer to waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes. (Can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
3. Heat olive oil and butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry cakes until cooked through and golden brown on both sides, adding more oil to skillet as needed, about 6 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!

*I've found the Panko (versus regular breadcrumbs) really makes this dish - so definitely use them if you can find them!

Adapted from Bon Appetit - Sept 2005

We have enjoyed this dish a few times but have found that our favorite preparation thus far is simply with a side of cocktail sauce.

Even if you don't make this recipe, make sure you're getting enough calcium-rich foods... your bones will thank you for it!


  1. Who doesn't love crispy, tasty shrimp cakes? The worst thing about them is trying to stop yourself from eating too many. :)

    Many thanks for the kind words, Kara, and for the delicious submission.


  2. i think i will make these tonight. if i do, you'll know about it. :)


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