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Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi

Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi 4.000

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Nourish May 21, 2020

These plump, flavor-packed burgers show off one of shrimp’s lesser-known assets: When ground, it becomes sticky and easily forms into a patty shape without any egg or bread crumbs, as needed for other fish cakes. Seasoned with aromatic ginger, scallion, kimchi (any variety will work), and a generous handful of fresh cilantro, the patties deliver a big flavor punch with few ingredients. Serve them on buns or lettuce leaves with slices of crisp cucumber, buttery avocado and a squirt of ketchup and/or hot sauce.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1 pound shelled and deveined raw shrimp, divided
  • One (3/4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup kimchi, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • 4 burger buns, toasted (optional)
  • Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving (optional)
  • Avocado slices, for serving (optional)
  • Thinly sliced cucumber, for serving (optional)
  • Ketchup, for serving (optional)
  • Sriracha, for serving (optional)


Place about half the shrimp, the ginger and the scallions in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the ginger and scallion are finely chopped and the shrimp has become a smooth paste. (You will need to scrape the bowl down with a spatula a few times to get everything evenly incorporated.) Add the remaining shrimp, the cilantro and kimchi and pulse a few times so the shrimp is chopped but still quite chunky. Wet your hands and shape the mixture into four patties, rewetting your hands as necessary; refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush both sides of each patty with oil and cook until a deep brown crust has formed outside the burger and the inside is cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.

Serve in burger buns or lettuce wraps with sliced avocado, cucumber, ketchup and/or Sriracha, if desired.

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From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 171

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 213mg 71%

Sodium: 255mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 2g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 30g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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