Apa de Camarão – Shrimp Cake

31 Oct

I wanted to share this recipe of Apa de Camarão before Thanksgiving as I thought it would be nice to jazz up the bread stuffing to make a lovely lightly sweet and spicy Shrimp Cake/Pie. This Goan Prawn Cake or Pie is not made too often and not found in restaurants but in the homes of those who were born during the Portuguese era.

apa-de-camarao-prawn-pie-bol-de-camarao-recipeApa de Camarão (Prawn Bread) is traditionally made with overnight soaked rice that is ground with fresh grated coconut, coconut toddy( you can read more here) and nutmeg. Bolo de Camarão (Prawn Cake) is the same but made with lightly sweetened flour batter. Since both seemed as too much work, I decided to come up with a cheat version where the batter is less complicated and since Indian food does have a reputation to be complicated and time-consuming, this was a great way to maintain the authenticity of the recipe without compromising the texture and taste. So my recipe uses a bread base which is much faster.

It took me 3 days to figure out the type of bread that would work the best and the one I decided on was the English Toasting Bread that is dense and slight sour but not as sour as the sourdough bread. One thing I would like to mention is that it is a moist dense cake/pie. It is served at room temperature. It can be done a day or two ahead which is perfect if you are hosting an event. And can be refrigerated for a couple of days.

apa-de-camarao-shrimp-pie-recipe-bol-de-camarao-goan-breadThis recipe is a 2 part recipe one is the filling and the other is the batter.

Serving Size: 8-10  (9 ” Round Pan)

Shrimp Filling Recipe


1 lbs of medium shrimps chopped in piece

1 large onion diced finely

1 tbsp of sugar

2 1/2 tbsp of recheado masala

2 cup freshly grated coconut

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste


Wash the shrimps, apply a little salt and keep aside. Roast the grated coconut on a non-stick pan till light golden brown.

Grind the roasted coconut with the coconut milk to a fine paste. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pot on medium heat and add the diced onions and saute till light brown. Add the recheado masala and nutmeg powder and saute for 2 minutes. Next add the shrimps and saute for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Next add the ground coconut and sugar and salt to taste and cook till the liquid evaporates and the Shrimp filling is nice and dry about 10 minutes.

Take of heat and let cool.

apa-de-camarao-shrimp-pie-recipe-bol-de-camarao-goan-spicesBread Batter Recipe:


1 full loaf of sliced bread (16 slices) with trimmed edges and chopped small pieces.

2 cups of low-fat milk

3 whole eggs beaten

6 tbsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder


Heat oven to 350F.

In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs, sugar and nutmeg. Next add the milk and whisk. Add the mixture to the chopped bread and mix it well together with your clean hand to form a dough texture. Let the bread mix soak for about 10 minutes.

Grease a 9″ round pan. Divide the bread mixture in 2 equal portions. Pour one part of the bread mixture in the pan and level it with a spatula.

Next layer it with the shrimp mixture followed by the remaining bread batter. Bake for 45 minutes while checking that the top is not burnt. Let cool and then refrigerate it for a couple of hour so that you can slice it easily.


Serve as a side or make it as a meal on its own.


40 Responses to “Apa de Camarão – Shrimp Cake”

  1. Jueseppi B. October 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.

    • Nandini October 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks Jueseppi, for the reblog.

  2. talker blogger October 31, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Wow !! This looks delicious !! I wonder if you know how to make the Indian cheese (paneer) cake ..?? I had it a few yrs back and I loved how soft and spongy and super delicious it was .. Thanks so much 😊

    • Nandini October 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you so much :-). Would you know the name of the cake. I am not too sure which one it is.

  3. cicampbell2013 October 31, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Wow! There are some super unusual recipes here, Nandini.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and hitting the like button for my post on Food in Fiction.
    If you like to read, why not write me a comment about any books of fiction you remember that feature food. Are there any you can think of featuring Goan food?

    • Nandini October 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      Thank You so much and you are so welcome :-).Frankly speaking Christine, I has been a while since I have read a fiction book, as lately I have been reading a lot of blog post in food and technical skills. I don’t think Goan Food is featured much as it’s still not fully discovered yet in the US and that is what I have been working on. Hopefully you may give it a chance in one of your books 🙂

  4. renxkyoko October 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    I wonder where I can buy the masala. Oh, and I recognize the coconut. 😦

  5. swizzzlestick November 1, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    I never heard about Shrimp Cake, but I am sure I would love it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    • Nandini November 1, 2014 at 7:46 am #

      You are welcome. It’s been my pleasure to share it.

  6. freetimeinhouston November 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Wow, it looks amazing; it’s going on my Holiday menu, thanks!

    • Nandini November 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      That is good to know 🙂

  7. laflor5233 November 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    The pictures make it look very yummy and very gourmet.

    • Nandini November 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      That You so much 🙂

  8. Pattu November 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Looks yummy! i should try this! Thanks Nandhini 🙂

  9. Sarah 'n Spice November 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this. Looks great!

    • Nandini November 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      Thank you Sarah 🙂

  10. Bob Rice November 4, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Shrimp Cake. This sounds absolutely phenomenal!

  11. Erin Unger November 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    This dish makes a beautiful display on the plate.

    • Nandini November 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Thank you Erin 🙂

  12. yummyinsidemytummy November 6, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m so happy to have found your blog. Huge fan of the Goan cuisine! This is just WOW. Hope we can keep in touch

    • Nandini November 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

      I am happy too Riya :-). I see that you too love Goan Food and am a bit ” J ” since you can visit it more often then me and looking forward to staying connected.

  13. Aquileana November 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    It looks yummy… I ‘d love to taste it!. All the best to you, Aquileana 😀

    • Nandini November 11, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Thank you so much Aquileana 🙂

  14. Aaryne McEvoy November 18, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    This looks delicious and would be a fun addition to the Thanksgiving dinner festivities!

    • Nandini November 18, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks Aaryne, yes it would be a surprise addition to the table 🙂

  15. Antonio Caggiano November 25, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Wonderful …

  16. princezzpinkz January 17, 2015 at 12:58 am #

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    • Nandini January 17, 2015 at 7:16 am #

      Thank You for reaching out and for the information. Will have to get back to you later.

      • princezzpinkz January 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

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  17. hurrybeforeitwilts March 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    I have never run across a recipe like this before. I will try it soon for my family:-)

    • Nandini March 25, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

      that will be awesome Cecile. Please let me know how it goes.

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