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Caribbean Curry Shrimp Burger

Fat Fowl
Cook Time:
10 mins
Prep Time:
45 mins
Yields:
4 burgers
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Chef notes

This recipe is not how curry shrimp is traditionally presented in the Caribbean — it's not in a roti or a stew, for example. Instead, it's a simple elevation, with flavors that are concentrated and made complex from the bloomed curry in creamy mayo, and a mango slaw with notes of Scotch bonnet and ginger. It's representative of my style of cooking: new-age Caribbean.

Technique tips: Coarsely chopping half the shrimp gives some texture to the burger. Chilling the shrimp patties helps mixture hold together while cooking. Blooming the curry powder over heat amplifies its flavors.

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Ingredients

Mango slaw (make ahead)
  • 3-5 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/4 head cabbage, shredded (1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned (1 cup)
  • 1/2 mango, julienned
  • 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
Curry mayo (make ahead)
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
Shrimp patties
  • 1 pound medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Scotch bonnet pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Assembly
  • 4 brioche burger buns
  • butter
  • Boston bibb lettuce
  • 4 sprigs cilantro

Preparation

For the mango slaw:

1.

To a sterilized 2-cup jar, add ginger, allspice, cabbage, carrots and mango.?Leave a 1/2 inch between the top of these ingredients and the rim of the jar.??

2.

Combine the vinegar, pepper sauce, water, salt and sugar in a small pot and bring to boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar.??

3.

Remove from heat and pour into the jar while still warm, pressing the veggies and fruit down to remove any air.??

4.

Top with more brine until the veggies and fruit are totally immersed.

5.

Marinate for at least 2 hours before use to infuse the flavor and soften the cabbage. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

For the curry mayo:

1.

To bloom the curry, bring a pot of water to a boil, then place a stainless bowl over the pot.

2.

Add the Champagne vinegar, honey and lemon juice to a bowl.??

3.

Once the mixture heats up, whisk in the curry powder until it forms into a paste.?Remove from the heat and let cool.?

4.

Add the cooled curry mixture to the mayo and a little salt, to taste.

5.

Refrigerate until ready to use. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

For the shrimp patties:

1.

Coarsely chop half of the shrimp.

2.

Put the remaining shrimp in a food processor and pulse until smooth.?

3.

Combine both halves of the shrimp in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix until well-combined.

4.

Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then form into 4 patties and refrigerate for 10 more minutes.

5.

Heat oilin a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

6.

Cook the burgers, about 3 minutes per side.

To assemble:

Toast a Brioche bun in a pan with butter. Add curry mayo to both sides of the bun. Layer the bottom bun, Boston lettuce, shrimp patty, mango slaw, cilantro and, finally, the top bun. Enjoy!

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