Shrimp and Black-Eyed Pea "Croquettes"

540 mins (prep 60)
11 ingredients
makes 24 hors d'oeuvres
If you substitute regular bread crumbs for the panko, the coating will be heavier and the texture denser. In this recipe, the peas are soaked but not precooked before grinding, much like in a falafel.

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  • 2/3 cup dried black-eyed peas (1/4 pound), picked over
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 drained bottled red malagueta peppers*
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 24 medium shrimp in shell (3/4 pound), peeled, leaving tail and first segment of shell intact, and deveined
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups panko** (japanese bread crumbs) or plain coarse dry bread crumbs
  • about 6 cups vegetable oil (48 fluid ounces)
  • special equipment: a deep-fat thermometer
  • accompaniment: lime wedges


Serving Size (17.52 g)
Servings 24
Amount per Serving
Calories 39.19 Calories from Fat 4.23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.47g 17.42%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 12.39%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 193.73mg 193.73%
Total Carbohydrate 7.25g 58.04%
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g 38.33%
Sugars 0.75 g %
Protein 1.35g 64.95%
Vitamin A 0.15IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 38.52mg% Iron 0.53mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried black-eyed peas, medium onion, packed fresh cilantro leaves, drained, red, shell, shrimp, large eggs, a, special equipment, lime wedges, accompaniment