Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cakes and about 1/3 cup snap pea mixture)

Just a little shrimp goes a long way in these spring-inspired cakes. If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw completely before peeling and chopping, otherwise the shrimp may fall apart. The cakes cook quickly, just 3 minutes on each side. If you can’t fit all the cakes into your skillet, divide the oil in half and cook the cakes in 2 batches, keeping the first batch warm while you cook the second. Sweet onion is best for the delicate snap pea relish; regular white onion would be too pungent. If you can’t find sweet onion, substitute halved thawed frozen pearl onions.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine snap peas, onion, 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 2

Shred zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. Place shredded zucchini on a clean kitchen towel; squeeze well to remove excess liquid. Combine zucchini, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, panko, tarragon, shrimp, and egg in a bowl.

Step 3

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Spoon 1/4 cup zucchini mixture loosely into a dry measuring cup. Add mixture to pan; flatten slightly. Repeat procedure 7 times to form 8 cakes. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve cakes with snap pea mixture.