Shrimp Boil & Burgers

When I was a senior in college, several years after Hurricane Katrina hit, I drove down to New Orleans to help with the clean-up. My one regret about that trip was not being able to venture out and taste the flavors and foods which are so deeply rooted in Louisiana. And heck, just about anything would beat eating sloppy joes in a church gym for yet another meal. Not that they weren’t fabulous sloppy joes (not).

But man, I wish I could’ve enjoyed some New Orleans grub. Crawfish. Seafood boils. Finger-licking goodness.

And beignets…oh. Don’t get me started thinking about those…

When I saw this recipe and the called for shrimp boil, I figured it was my chance to try my hand at something from the south. And probably maybe not be disappointed since I have nothing to compare it to, right? 😉 But if you just skim through the ingredient list real quickly, you’ll see this dish is certainly not short on flavor.

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Shrimp Burgers adapted from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, as seen on Pink Parsley

2 quarts water
1 recipe shrimp boil (recipe follows)
1 lb shrimp, shells on, deveined
2 Tbsp fresh scallions, chopped
1/3 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup breadcrumbs
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
hot sauce, to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp canola oil

To serve:
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
1/2 large tomato, cut into 4 slices
4 leafs lettuce
4 Tbsp tartar sauce
fresh lemon wedges

Shrimp Boil:
1 Tbsp peppercorns
1 Tbsp celery seeds
6 bay leaves, torn into pieces
1/3 cup kosher salt
3 Tbsp ground cayenne pepper

Shrimp Boil Directions: Combine the peppercorns, celery seeds, bay leaves, and salt in the bowl of a food processor or chopper, and pulse several times to grind the peppercorns and combine the spices. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the cayenne. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and shrimp boil to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat and add the shrimp. Let stand until they are just pink, about 2 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. Peel and chop the shrimp.

In a large bowl, mix the shrimp with scallions, corn, parsley, ginger, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir in the mayonnaise, yogurt, and bread crumbs, and season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Add the egg and gently combine until evenly distributed.

From the shrimp mixture into 4 patties, each about 4 to 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.

Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat. When it shimmers, add the burgers and cook until both sides are golden-brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined dinner plate.

Toast the buns in the empty skillet until golden brown, and serve the burgers with a squeeze of lemon, lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce. Yield: 4 shrimp burgers.

Nutrition Information (per burger): 517 calories; 17.8 g. fat; 211 mg. cholesterol; ?? mg. sodium (I estimate ~1000 mg); 57.8 g. carbohydrate; 6.5 g. fiber; 35.3 g. protein

Result: So good, but a splurge nutrition-wise! Mr. P hit the nail on the head by saying that they were really good, but you couldn’t identify the shrimp. I think I may have chopped the shrimp too fine. They reheated beautifully and are great to eat just as you would a salmon patty. Enjoy!

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Served with oven fries my way…perfection!

My run last night started off with Mr. Prevention. I feel like our jet-lag has wonkied up our schedules and I haven’t seen the man in days! Our “date run” ended 2 1/2 miles in…I had to stop to walk. It was hot. I had a headache. I was sore from Monday’s run. And I, quite honestly, didn’t want to workout in the first place. But, I did. And I’m glad I did. No record-breaking speeds, but I got in the 3 miles that I had planned…3.2, to be exact 😀 Hoping for a better elliptical workout tonight…I need to get back in a groove! On a positive note, the 2 pounds that packed on during our trip are already gone. Very pleased with that, and pretty certain they crept on due to a lack of workouts alone.

Question: Have you ever been to New Orleans, or had a seafood boil?

Be well,

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11 Comments

  1. July 14, 2011 / 7:55 am

    One day, you and I should hit up New Orleans together and eat some beignets. Seriously. And I’ll force you to exercise so we don’t get out of our groove. Deal?

    These burgers do look delicious though!

  2. July 14, 2011 / 8:09 am

    One of my good friends went to law school in New Orleans and I went to visit her a few times. There was this cheesy crawfish bread that we had that was probably horrible for you, but it was so good. I still think about it.

  3. July 14, 2011 / 8:46 am

    I’ve never ever had shrimp burgers, but I love the sound of that! I love salmon burgers, so I bet these are equally as heavenly. And New Orleans knows what’s up in the seafood dpt.!

    Also, your Asian adventures sound incredible!!

  4. July 14, 2011 / 11:28 am

    Dinner looks amazing!
    Great job for still getting in a workout. When I really feeling lazy or dreading a workout, I am always so glad I did it when I’m done. Just need to remind myself that! 🙂

  5. July 14, 2011 / 1:19 pm

    You missed out on not getting New Orleans food! That’s pretty much the best part of New Orleans. Thinking about it right now makes me hungry…

  6. July 14, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    Shrimp burgers are something I can definitely see myself liking. Im not a big seafood fan, but shrimp is different. Its delicious.

  7. July 14, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    If you ever end up back in New Orleans for a visit, we should definitely go to dinner!!!

  8. July 14, 2011 / 7:36 pm

    I’d have never thought about making a shrimp burger; it sounds very interesting.

    I’ve never been to New Orleans to try the food but I’d love to go and enjoy it especially during Mardi Gras 🙂

  9. July 14, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    Oh wow, as a Louisiana girl, not only does this recipe look GORGEOUS to me, but also THANK YOU for helping after Katrina!! You are amazing!!!

  10. July 15, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    I love seafood patties and burgers of all kinds so I’d really love to try these!! And I really love the addition of corn, it’s one of my favorite things to add to crab cakes!

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