These copycat potato shrimp balls really turned out amazing and exceeded my expectations way beyond! It’s easy yet quite fun to make and ideal make ahead party snack!
Chances are high that you have already seen the original recipe of this potato shrimp balls in the Buzzfeed’s Tasty YouTube channel. Even if you have I am sure you won’t mind to see it again here, do you? In case you haven’t, you are going to love it! These potato shrimp balls are immense fun to make and addictively delish at the same time! In the beginning, you may feel it’s messy with all the breading process; but once you are in the process you will simply love it. Just look at these gorgeous golden balls and tell me who won’t fall in love with that!
When I first saw this recipe, I was a bit skeptical. But my better half insisted to make a video on this which I agreed to and surprisingly I got highly impressed with the way these potato shrimp balls turned out. They are super crispy on the outside thanks to my favorite Panko, and soft yet crunchy inside with potato and shrimp complementing each other – the combination is simply mind-blowing!
My love for shrimps is nothing new nor there is anything left to boast of. There are ample shrimp recipes in my blog to prove my blind love towards this seafood gem. I have many more lined up to share but this potato shrimp balls made its way faster than others. And for good reasons! Not only their good looks won, but also the fun I had while making it is contagious enough to spread across the board. Hence it is here today to infect you all with its deliciousness!
It just struck me that if the potato is omitted from this potato shrimp balls and rest of the steps are followed as is, we will be arriving at another popular shrimp recipe of mine and that is crispy fried golden shrimps! So here is an adhoc idea – if you are short of the potato mixture and have some extra shrimps at hand, use them to fry up these gorgeous crispy golden shrimps without having to use any additional ingredient!
There could be endless experiments with shrimps. I can instantly think of ten different ways to use this delicious seafood and create some incredibly tasty dishes. To me shrimps are as good as magic and for very much valid reasons. Let’s look at some of them –
- Shrimps are insanely yummy.
- Shrimps take no time to cook.
- There are practically endless recipes to cook with shrimps and you won’t ever need to repeat old recipes or even wonder what to make with them!
- Shrimps are mostly liked by all across age groups and is popular in almost all cuisines around the world (please correct me if I am wrong!)
So you see there are plenty of reasons for shrimps to be a winner ingredient; but I don’t need any to validate my blind love towards this star seafood; I only need another batch of these copycat potato shrimp balls!
- Shrimp – 8 to 10, large
- Potato – 3, large, cooked and peeled
- Egg yolk – 1
- Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp, softened
- Paprika – 1 tsp
- Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves, minced
- All-purpose flour – 1 cup
- Egg – 2, beaten
- Panko breadcrumbs – 200 gms (about 2 cups)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
- Peel and devein the shrimps keeping the tails intact. Wash and pat them dry. Season the shrimps with salt and pepper to taste and add the minced garlic. Mix everything well and set aside.
- Take the cooked potato in a large bowl and mash them using a potato masher or fork. Add the egg yolk, softened butter and paprika and mix well using a spatula. Season the potato with salt and pepper.
- Divide the potato mixture into 8 to 10 equal sized balls (depending on how many shrimps you have and their size).
- Flatten each potato ball on your palm and place one shrimp on it. Roll the potato ball closing the shrimp inside with only the tip of its tail peeping out. Prepare all the potato balls similarly.
- Now heat enough oil for deep frying in a deep skillet and prepare the breading station. Take flour, beaten egg and panko in 3 separate bowls.
- Take one potato balls at a time and coat it with flour all over. Dust off the excess flour and then dip it in the beaten egg and let the excess drip off. Finally coat it with panko all over and tip it in the hot oil on medium low heat.
- Fry the potato balls 2 at a time (depending on your skillet size ensuring not to overcrowd) on low to medium heat so that the shrimps get cooked inside and the outer coating turns a beautiful golden brown.
- Take them out on a paper towel lined dish and serve hot with your favorite ketchup!