Shrimp Cakes with Cactus Strips in Guajillo Sauce

5  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 1 hr 30 min total
  • Makes 6 servings.

Shrimp Cakes with Cactus Strips in Guajillo Sauce Recipe


  • 5 guajillo chiles, stemmed, seeded
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian dressing
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 cup  ground dried shrimp
  • 10 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed (about 1/3 cup)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 jar  (15 oz.) tender cactus strips, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup oil


  • Cover  chiles with hot water; let stand 15 min. Drain chiles, reserving 1 cup soaking liquid; add reserved liquid and chiles to blender. Add dressing, onion and 1 Tbsp. ground shrimp; blend 3 min. or until smooth. Pour into large saucepan; bring to boil. Stir in cactus strips; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 15 min.
  • Heat  oil to 375ºF in medium skillet. Mix remaining ground shrimp and cracker crumbs in large bowl; set aside. Beat egg whites in medium bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; gently stir in egg yolks just until combined. Gently stir half the egg mixture into shrimp mixture. Repeat with remaining egg mixture.
  • Cook  4 shrimp cakes at a time in hot oil 45 sec. on each side or until golden brown on both sides, using 1/4 cup of the shrimp mixture for each cake. Drain on paper towels. Add to sauce in saucepan; cook 10 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Recipe Tips

Serving SuggestionServe with steamed white rice and a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Salad Dressing.

Food FactsLook for ground dried shrimp in most Mexican grocery stores near the condiments, spices and dried chiles. Because of the concentrated flavor and saltiness, extra liquid is often added to the recipe to balance the flavor.

Cooking Know-HowFor a light texture, it is important to beat the egg whites just before using and avoid overbeating them.


Nutrition Information

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 230 
    • Total fat 15 g
    • Saturated fat 2.5 g
    • Cholesterol 140 mg
    • Sodium 890 mg
    • Carbohydrate 10 g
    • Dietary fiber 2 g
    • Total sugars 4 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 12 g
    • Vitamin A 20 %DV
    • Vitamin C 90 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 15 %DV
    • Iron 15 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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