Potato Chip Shrimp Cakes – Improv Challenge

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It’s time for another Improv Challenge (a monthly recipe bloghop where Kristen @ Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker assigns two ingredients and all us participants get cooking.) And this month’s theme is…

Fish & Chips!

Of course, this is the traditional British battered and fried cod and potato dish but part of the fun is to get creative with the two ingredients. Here I may have taken some liberty by using shrimp, which technically is shellfish and not fish fish. But fish will get its due in this post – no worries.

Last year, I experimented with potato chip breading with my Potato Panko Coconut Shrimp with Jalapeño Honey Dipping Sauce (say that 3 times fast!) and I loved the flavor and texture that potato chip breadcrumbs/coating/panko brought to the recipe. And yes, I am a dietitian and I eat potato chips – just not everyday and I go for the ones that basically have simple ingredients like potatoes, some type of vegetable oil and salt.

So, back to the shrimp cakes. These really came together quickly and are quite versatile. And while shrimp isn’t usually the best seafood bargain out there (I always look for deals on frozen from the U.S. for the most part), here’s a great informative read from Cooking Light on Inexpensive Fish Tips – many of these suggestions like canned salmon/tuna, frozen cod fillets – would also work well in this recipe.

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The American Heart Association recommends that we get at least two servings of fish weekly and seafood cakes/burgers are a great way to do so – especially if you have family members who aren’t big fish fans.

Potato Chip Shrimp Cakes – Improv Challenge

Makes 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound raw large shrimp, shelled, deveined and chopped
  • 3/4 cup crushed potato chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
  • Juice and zest of half of lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sweet chili sauce for dipping


  1. In a large bowl, add shrimp, potato chips, egg, green onion, garlic, flour, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest and smoked paprika. Using your hands, form into 8 (2-inch) or 4 (4-inch) sized patties. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Once heated, add shrimp cakes. Cook for 3 minutes and flip. Cook for another 2 1/2 minutes or until browned. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.

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Do you ever make fish or seafood cakes? Do you use potato chips as an ingredient?

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  1. If my crab puffs didn’t turn out, I was going to coat shrimp with potato chips and coconut. They look tasty!
    Cookaholic Wife recently posted..Improv Challenge: Crabby Crab PuffsMy Profile

  2. I love the big chunks of shrimp…YUM! Your shrimp cakes look divine.
    Liz recently posted..French Silk Pie with Pretzel Crust #ImprovChallenge #FBFOrlMy Profile

  3. Oh my, Deanna! Those look incredible! We don’t usually buy potato chips, so I have never used those for a fish cake… But I can see that we’ll have to change all that. Shrimp’s a mighty big favorite in this house!
    Melody♪♫ recently posted..fish & chips challengeMy Profile

  4. Oh my goodness, what a great use of the ingredients! I’ve definitely never had shrimp this way before and it sounds fantastic! I can practically taste them looking at your gorgeous picture. My oldest daughter loves shrimp so I’ll have to make these for us one night. She’s gonna devour them!
    Kate | Food Babbles recently posted..S’mores Caramel CornMy Profile

  5. I love the potato chip breading! My husband will love these!

  6. Yum, these look delicious. I love shrimp and I love potatoes, so I have a feeling I would love these!
    Karen- Cinnamon Freud recently posted..Fish and Chips: Improv BlogMy Profile

  7. I’ve also used chips to “bread” chicken. Might try your version with surimi shrimp.
    dena recently posted..Fish in Chips – Improv Challenge – EasyMy Profile

  8. Oh, gosh, I don’t like shrimp, but the rest of the ingredients sound amazing!! Maybe crab would make a yummy substitution :-)
    thespicyrd recently posted..4th of July Celebration & Groovy Giveaway!My Profile

  9. Oh my gosh! These look absolutely divine! Shrimp is my favourite seafood!
    Mel@Ginger Bakes recently posted..Candy SushiMy Profile

  10. You have me drooling.
    Mimi recently posted..Fish and Chips CookiesMy Profile

  11. We are big crab & salmon cakes fans at our house. Need to add these to the list! They look delicious!

  12. I had not thought to make shrimp cakes before. What a lovely alternative to fish or crab. Yum!!
    Kristen recently posted..Grasshopper Magic BarsMy Profile

  13. Are these freezable? I want to make a large batch of these ahead of time.

    • I’ve yet to freeze them but I think they would freeze fairly well as I’ve frozen similar potato pancakes before. I’d pat them dry, wrap them in wax or parchment paper and then put in either freezer bag or wrap with foil. Good luck!

  14. Love your shrimp cakes! A fantastic idea for the Improv Challenge!
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