Texas Shrimp Burgers

Sweet Texas shrimp are one of the greatest bounties of living in the Lone Star State. Although they are usually butterflied and fried or grilled with garlic and butter, making a burger is something unique but easy to do – and delicious. Using a French technique like creating a seafood mousse is not something normal in Southwestern cuisine, but it works incredibly well when combined with shrimp, jalapeños, and scallions. And, it only takes minutes to make after work. Texas shrimp are delicious and are worth searching for to complete this recipe.

1 1/2 lbs medium Texas shrimp, such as 25-30 count

4 tbs chopped fresh scallions

1/2 tsp seafood seasoning (I use Chef Paul Seafood Magic or Don’s All Purpose Seasoning form Don’s Specialty Meats available by mail order for more heat)

1 tbs chopped pickled jalapeños

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs canola oil

2 tbs butter

Peel and devein the shrimp. Cut off the tails and put these along with 1/4 lb of the shrimp in the bowl of a food processor. Add the seafood seasoning, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. Take the remaining shrimp and divide in half crossways and then combine with the mousse, jalapeños, and scallions. Heat the oil and butter in a skillet on medium high heat and then using wet hands form the shrimp mixture into 4 burgers about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and place in the hot oil. Cook two minutes then flip, cover, lower the heat to medium and fry for another two minutes or so until cooked through.

These can be served on a soft bun with tartar or remoulade sauce or are perfect on their on with ratatouille as depicted here.

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Dan McCoy