Recipe: Thai Prawn Cakes

Recipe: Thai Prawn Cakes

Thai Prawn Cakes are the perfect appetisers to serve your guest for a house dinner or as finger food for any types of get-together. They are small, you can eat it in one bite and they are packed with Southeast Asian flavours.

What makes the Thai Prawn Cakes a crowd-pleaser is its crispy skin on the first bite and the soft, juicy feeling once you bite through it. Unlike any other Southeast Asian finger foods like fish cakes or prawn cakes, the Thai Prawn Cakes gives you the taste of Asian delicacy with every bite.


  • ½ green onions, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of ginger, minced
  • 8-ounces of shrimp, deveined and chopped
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 2/3 cup of Panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup of minced dried coconut
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Olive oil

Preparation Method:

  1. To prepare the shrimp cake mixture, combine the mixed green onions, garlic and ginger into a bowl along with the cilantro, fish sauce and Sriracha sauce. Slowly add the chopped shrimp and combine. Add olive oil if the mixture is a little dry. At the very end, add in just enough Panko crumbs, dried coconut to the mixture and egg to hold the mixture together
  2. Form the Thai Cakes into your desired shape. Coat it one last time with the Panko bread crumbs and lay it on a tray to prepare it for cooking. If you want to make a larger shrimp cakes, shape them into patties instead of balls to ensure they cook evenly.
  3. Heat your pan on medium heat and coat it with oil. Once hot, place your Thai Prawn Cakes on the pan and cook for about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve immediately with a side of lemon wedges on Thai chilli sauce.

Tips: Always use fresh shrimp as frozen shrimp tend to be mushy when thawed. This will affect the taste and texture of your Thai Prawn Cakes.You can form your Thai Prawn Cakes a day ahead of serving. Instead of cooking them on a pan right away, store them carefully inside a fridge and take it out when you are ready to cook.If you like a little spice, add in finely chopped chillies to your Thai Prawn Cakes.

Article Written By Mico Hu

Mico is a professional creative writer in Foodpanda. She writes about travel, fashion, and food. Also, she enjoy travelling to new places and also eating delicious food.

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