Garlicky Shrimp Meatballs #SundaySupper

Garlicky Shrimp Meatball plate
Garlicky Shrimp Meatballs deliver tender shrimp and garlic in a familiar vessel, the meatball.
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Garlicky Shrimp Meatball
Everybody loves a good old-fashioned meatball, right? Bits of shrimp, minced onion, dill… what’s that? That concoction doesn’t sound like a meatball to you? Me neither. It’s better.
Now it’s true I do love a good beef meatball or even one made with a combination of beef, pork and veal. The must have meat mix. I have several recipes for ground turkey meatballs and even ground chicken like this in pizza

chicken meatball parmesan pizza slice

or in traditional tomato-based sauce.

chicken meatballs
So for this week’s Sunday Supper I thought I’d step out of the box and use shrimp.
Ground raw shrimp have a texture similar to ground turkey. The meat is lean and very moist. No egg is needed. What I did is add Meyer lemon juice with zest, dill, minced onion, minced garlic, salt and pepper and a bit of bread crumb inside and out.
Like with any meatball, you want to handle it as little as possible. Whatever you do, don’t compact or squoosh the air out! That is meatball 101. Compaction doesn’t allow for the natural juices to flow between the bits of meat. The result is often a dry, crumbly meatball. Yuck.
I sauted these shrimp balls first in a bit of olive oil to brown on all sides.
shrimp meatballs
Then these babies get finished off in the oven.
Add pesto serve with your favorite noodle!

Garlicky Shrimp Meatballs

Garlicky Shrimp Meatballs #SundaySupper

Yield: 16 shrimp Meatballs


  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled deveined
  • juice of 1 Meyer lemon (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced dried onion
  • 1/2 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil.
  • 1 cup pesto


  • Place cleaned shrimp in a food processor. Grind into a chopped paste. There should still be bits visible.
  • Mix shrimp with juice, zest, dill, garlic, onion salt and pepper.
  • Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of the breadcrumbs just enough to hold mix together.
  • Heat oil in medium-sized skillet.
  • Gently roll shrimp balls in crumbs. Fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly to brown on all sides.
  • Transfer shrimp balls to an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes turning occasionally until completely cooked.
  • Toss in pesto and serve over your favorite pasta or skewer as an appetizer.
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Thank you Sue Slusser Lau of A Palatable Pastime  for hosting this event!!

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42 Responses to Garlicky Shrimp Meatballs #SundaySupper

  1. Shelby says:

    Yum, these sound delicious! I love shrimp this is very different – a must try!
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  8. Stacy says:

    Why have I never thought of making meatballs out of shrimp?! This is brilliant, Cindy. So tasty!
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  9. What a great twist on meatballs! I love anything with garlic.
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  11. Tara says:

    These meatballs look great, very clever idea with the shrimp!!

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  13. Rachel says:

    These look and sound amazing!

  14. I am very anxious to try this recipe. I love that you serve it over pasta.
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  15. Liz says:

    Your shrimp meatballs sound amazing! Perfect pasta topper!

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  17. These sound delicious – I guess it’s almost like a garlicy shrimp-toast topping in meatball form but I’d never thought to do it.
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  20. I really like this idea! I might need to make these this Friday!
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  23. Sue Lau says:

    I love the versatility of these!
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  24. Such a great idea and I love that you toss them in pesto! So tasty for spring!

  25. Corina says:

    I’d never thought to make shrimp meatballs – lovely idea!
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  26. laura says:

    WHOA I’ve never ground up perfectly good shrimp before but I think I need to get in on this action! Looks amazing!

  27. Farrah says:

    I have a super-craving for pasta with meatballs now! *-* This looks so good!

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