Prawn Rissoles – Rissóis de camarão – Authentic Portuguese Prawn Rissoles

Prawn rissoles

Prawn Rissoles - Rissóis de camarão - Authentic Portuguese Prawn Rissoles
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Portuguese
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Serves: 60
Step-by-step authentic Portuguese prawn rissoles.
For the filling:
  • 700g Medium prawns / shrimp
  • 480ml Hot chicken stock
  • 30g Butter
  • 15ml oil
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs Flat leaf parsley
  • Zest and juic of one lemon
  • 1 Tsp chilli flakes
For the filling sauce:
  • 30g Butter
  • 2 Tbs All-purpose flour
  • 250ml Full cream milk
  • 125ml Reserved prawn liquid
  • 2 Egg yolks
For the Pastry dough:
  • 250ml Reserved prawn liquid
  • 250ml Full cream milk
  • 45g Butter
  • 4 Cups All-purpose flour
  • Extra flour for dusting if needed
Prepare the prawn filling:
  1. Place 700g medium size prawns in deep pan or a pot. The prawns must be in the shell with head on as this contributes to the flavor of the prawn meat, the sauce and the pastry. Pour in 480ml hot chicken stock.
  2. Place the pan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Allow this to boil for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Be sure to turn the uppermost prawns, to ensure that everything cooks evenly.
  3. Remove the prawns from the liquid and set these aside to cool. Strain the liquid through a sieve and set this aside.
  4. Measure out 30g butter, 15ml oil, chop one tomato, one onion, 4 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley. In addition, you need the zest and juice of one lemon, and a teaspoon of chilli flakes.
  5. By this stage the prawns would have cooled enough to peal and chop. Chop them relatively finely, but not to a paste.
  6. Saute’ the onion in the butter until just starting to brown. Add all of the remaining ingredients from this section. Fry these from 3-4 minutes until everything is soft, then add the chopped prawns. Remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Measure out a quarter cup prawn liquid that was reserved after cooking the prawns. In addition, a half cup of full cream milk, whisk 2 egg yolks, weigh 30g butter and measure 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
  8. Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour. Stir the flour in until you have a smooth paste, or roux. This should cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  9. Whisk the milk and prawn liquid into the roux thoroughly until smooth.
  10. Return the pan to the heat and bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes until thickened.
  11. Whisk in the egg yolks and cook for a further minute.
  12. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the sauce into the prawn mixture. Mix thoroughly and set this aside.
Prepare the dough:
  1. To make the dough, measure out 45g butter, mix together 1 cup prawn cooking liquid with 1 cup milk, measure 4 cups all-purpose flour, and a little extra on the side just in case you need it for kneading and rolling.
  2. Add the prawn liquid milk mixture and the butter to a pan. Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Add the flour to the liquid a little at a time and mix this in, first using a whisk, then as the liquid becomes stiff, a wooden spoon, then finally by hand. Once most of the flour is incorporated, turn the dough out onto the counter and start to knead it until all of the flour is incorporated. If the dough is still sticky, add a little extra flour from the side reserve.
  4. When the dough is smooth, wrap it in cling warp and allow this to rest for 15 minutes.
Assembly and cooking:
  1. To make the rissoles, start with a quarter of the dough, keeping the remaining dough wrapped. Using a scale, portion the dough into 20g portions and roll these into balls.
  2. Fold a single portion of the dough in a plastic bread bag and use a flat bottom dinner plate to press it flat. Use your roller to continue rolling this out to a diameter of around 80mm. Put this aside and continue until all the discs are rolled. If you can’t find bread bags, any plastic should work fine.
  3. Place a slightly heaped teaspoon measure of the filling in the centre of a pastry disc. Use the plastic to fold the pastry over the filling. Crimp the pastry lightly in the front and work around to the edges, removing as much air as possible in the process. Use the tines of a fork to seal and pattern the edges. Keep the rissoles in their plastic to prevent them from drying out. Continue until all the rissoles are completed.
  4. To coat the rissoles, beat 4 eggs and half-fill a bowl with bread crumbs. Dunk one of the rissoles in the egg to wet all over, then transfer it to the bread crumbs to coat. Transfer this to a platter to wait while you continue with the remaining rissoles.
  5. Heat your oil to 180c or 350f and fry the rissoles for 2-3 minutes until golden and slightly puffed up. Don’t be tempted to fry for any longer as steam will build up in the rissoles and they will rupture.
  6. Once complete, remove from the oil and serve immediately. In a 5 litre fryer, you can comfortably fry 10-12 rissoles at a time. Adjust your frying load accordingly if your fryer or pan is smaller or larger. This recipe will make approximately 60 rissoles.


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