Firecracker Shrimp Cups

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READY IN: 55mins




  • Make the zucchini cups:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a non-stick mini muffin pan with oil or cooking spray.
  • Take the shredded zucchini, wrap in a clean dish cloth and bring the edges up to meet. Twist the cloth at the top and squeeze over a sink to remove as much moisture as possible from the zucchini. Unwrap and tip into a large bowl.
  • Add the eggs, salt, scallion, dill, parsley and cheese to the bowl. Stir well to mix. Add the breadcrumbs and stir again to combine.
  • Divide the mixture among the 24 wells of the prepared mini muffin pan – you should be using about 1 tablespoon of the zucchini mixture for each well.
  • Use a teaspoon to press the mixture into cup shapes in the muffin tin, as in the video.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown around the top edges.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before using a small spatula or butter knife to help you remove the cups to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make the shrimp:
  • Place the raw shrimp in a large bowl. Add the cornstarch and salt and stir to coat well. Crack in an egg and stir again to coat.
  • Half fill a deep frying pan with the canola oil. Heat to 375 degrees F.
  • Carefully lower in a few shrimp at a time. Let them cook until light golden brown then flip and cook until the other side is light golden brown.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  • Repeat with all the shrimp.
  • In a large bowl mix the mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce and hot sauce. Tip the hot shrimp into the bowl and stir to coat.
  • Assemble:
  • Place a shrimp in each baked zucchini cup. Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately.
  • Notes:
  • To give the zucchini cups the best possible texture, use breadcrumbs (as the recipe is written) instead of flour as seen in the video.
  • Tools:
  • For the most success making the zucchini cups, use this non-stick Wilton 24 cup mini muffin tin: If you do not have a non-stick muffin tin, be sure to grease and flour your pan.