"Krabby" Patty Recipe

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Don't tell Plankton, but as any astute watcher of Spongebob Squarepants knows, Krabby Patties aren't actually made with crab. Or even "krab." They're made out of chum, leftover scraps, making Krabby Patties the hot dogs of the sea. I'm going to show you how to make a gourmet Krabby Patty, and it doesn't contain any crab, either. Nope. It's all shrimp. And it came out even better than I expected. 

Why shrimp? I've learned from many attempts at making Krabby Patties that making them with crab is a waste of good crab. You fry it up in hot oil in a pan and you lose a lot of crab flavor. Plus, it's beaucoup expensive. You may end up adding tons of breadcrumbs to stretch the recipe to feed more than one person, and then it ends up tasting more like breadcrumbs than crab. I've experimented with this recipe over the years. At one point, I started adding shrimp to bind it together and to stretch the crab. I kept adding more shrimp each time I made this until I recently came to the conclusion that it should just be all shrimp. Tastier, yet less expensive.

However, I don't recommend calling them shrimp burgers because whenever I do that people look at me warily. They waver when I offer them one. But, if I say, "Want a Krabby Patty?" they're immediately on the team. "I'll take two!" they exclaim.

What you'll need for 8 burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds of peeled, deveined shrimp
  • 1 egg
  • 10-12 regular-sized or smaller hamburger buns
  • Lemon zest to taste
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp of our favorite hot sauce (I use Crystal)
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil and/or butter for frying



I make my own tartar sauce. I deplore mayonnaise. Instead, I use ranch dressing as a base and add 1/3 part diced onion, 1/3 part diced dill pickle, 1/3 part diced celery, and a good tablespoon of dill weed.

I also make cocktail sauce with a lot of horseradish. Take a jar, fill it 3/4 full with ketchup; fill the remaining jar with roughly equal amounts prepared horseradish, malt vinegar, and hot sauce. It's powerful stuff so a little dab will do ya.

Waldo enthusiasts may notice that there's a red pepper in the picture. I meant to put that in my chum but forgot it. Glad I didn't use it. Keep the chum pure. 

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This was delicious! My fiance and I made them tonight. They are really good, very flavorful, and insanely easy. We are going to try them next time as just patties with some sauce and veggie sides. Thank you!!

supereric (author)  theaprilelaine1 year ago

Hooray! Glad you tried this. It really did come out quite well, so I hope others give it a shot, too.

"you forgot the picklesss!" my mom and i made these for my 16th birthday. ive always loved spongebob and wanted to find a way to make these. thank you for the recipe!!
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Nauras199910 months ago
I will send this to plankton
jfoster171 year ago

I can't wait to try these. They look amazing.

Ottoclav1 year ago

Would scallops work? I love me some scallops!!

supereric (author)  Ottoclav1 year ago

I guess in theory that would work, Ottoclav. Any kind of seafood chum will probably work. I'm kind of meh on scallops myself, but if you like scallops it would probably be tasty. If you try it, please let me know how it goes.

bgj1 year ago

I'm a little confused. Are you making a spice that tastes like Old Bay or are adding Old Bay in there somewhere?

supereric (author)  bgj1 year ago

Boy, everybody really is responding to the Old Bay. It's just one of the seasonings to add to the breadcrumbs in the list of ingredients.

lvaladezjr1 year ago
Awesomeness !!!! I didn't know Mr. Krabs was starting a dry land franchise! Might I recommend using olive oil and butter rather than vegetable oil to fry the krabby patties. Olive oil is lighter and gives a light crispness to the bread crumbs. It's a healthier oil too and blends very nicely with the butter.
tigr871 year ago

use JO spice number 2 instead of old bay.its the best on everything.dont use too much ;)

Why use buns for bread crumbs? Seems like a waste for some reason. You could just use cheap white bread for the same taste, or step it up with some rye, pumpernickel or sourdough. Then you'd have more buns for the burgers! Just a thought.
supereric (author)  prickly vegan1 year ago

I think rye or pumpernickel or sourdough is an interesting idea worth trying. I just had a lot of those white-bread buns on hand that I probably will never chew through, so I used some of those extra buns for breadcrumbs. However, I don't think I would use wheat bread or any kind of strong-flavored, seeded, nine-grain healthy bread for this recipe (except maybe a rye that has fennel seeds in it because fennel really goes well with seafood IMHO). I was going for a neutral flavor because I wanted to really wanted the shrimp to stand out.

TT21 year ago

What is old bay seasoning? What does it taste like?

supereric (author)  TT21 year ago

It's a cajun-ish blend of seasonings. Bay leaves, celery salt, paprika, pepper, plus a few more spices. Goes great with seafood. It's something to use if you're going to have a shrimp boil, but it's a great all-around seasoning for all kinds of things. Every cuisine seems to have it's all-purpose spice blend. For the French, it's herb de Provence; for the Chinese, it's five spice; in North Africa, ras el hanout. In Louisiana, it's Old Bay.

The recipe looks awesome, but I have to make some corrections to your claims about a Maryland heritage flavor. Old Bay is a term that came up from sailors coming in and out of the Chesapeake Bay in the port of Baltimore. Since McCormick was headquartered there and noticed it to be a popular blend, they bottled it, trademarked it, and marketed it.

Louisiana has many VERY fine spice blends, but I'm sure their natives would be just as quick to correct you if the shoe were on the other foot. That said, I'm sure you could use a cajun seasoning if were intended for seafood like the above mentioned shimp boil. Consider it a sort of extra seasoned season salt and sub in whatever blend you have handy. Though in my especially biased opinion, nothing beats Old Bay for seafood.

supereric (author)  egirvin1 year ago

I stand corrected. Old Bay is indeed from in and around Maryland. Growing up, my family used both Old Bay and Zatarain's interchangeably to make food with a Cajun flavor. We weren't exactly sophisticated. One of our favorite meals was a giant family plate of fried chicken gizzards. But now that I'm older I definitely want to faithfully represent all of these fine regional differences. That said, to me they both taste overwhelmingly of celery salt, which is something I love. Love celery and love salt.

Hate to disagree but in Louisiana, it's Zatarain's Crab Boil. Never heard of Old Bay until I left south LA. For recipes like this, use the liquid. Much easier to measure. BUT GO EASY with it. It's is powerful stuff!

(Zatarain's is like Old Bay but better, IMHO).

supereric (author)  wildbill0011 year ago

You're absolutely right that Zatarain's is more authentic Louisiana, wildbill001. Old Bay is more of an Eastern Seaboard thing, having originated in Maryland I think. I'm from Georgia, and I have used both. To me they are pretty similar. Zatarain's is definitely spicier. I use Old Bay for general seasoning (e.g., fried potatoes or fish), but I use Zatarain's for an actual crab or shrimp boil preparation. I get the big bag of Zatarain's when I do that. Zatarain's is harder to find here in San Francisco, but I know where to dig it up when I need it. They're both good, but I think Zatarain's is probably better — so definitely use that if you have it. I had a can of Old Bay on hand this time around.

Old Bay kicks ass. It tastes nothing like Cajun spice, in my opinion. The celery seed in it and I believe bay leaves give it a special taste like nothing else. It is not particularly hot/spicy, but tastes like the sea to me. It is most definitely a northern tradition, and tastes amazing on fries, chips and even popcorn! Really, you have to taste Old Bay if you can.

These burgers look great, but, yeah, I don't eat shrimp. For some reason I always figured krabby patties were vegetarian. Wishful thinking? ;)

Now I can control the hunger that enslaves every vile creature lurking in Bikini Bottom!


Aaronh11 year ago

Looks really good. But according to Bubble Bass You forgot the pickles!!

DraakUSA1 year ago

Interesting, you deplore mayo, yet much of the ranch dressing out there is made with mayo.

supereric (author)  DraakUSA1 year ago

Please see my previous response to boatingman. If you like mayo, knock yourself out.

These look really good.....I mean really good.

wrdwise1 year ago
This was super good!
boatingman1 year ago
I can't wait to make these for the grandkids. Thanks. On a side note, you do realize that Ranch Dressing in mostly mayonnaise?
supereric (author)  boatingman1 year ago
I believe ranch dressing is traditionally made with buttermilk and dried herbs. Mayo is oil and raw eggs. While some processed ranch dressings contain similar ingredients to mayonnaise (one particular ingredient, oil), they are quite different in composition and taste. While some people can take it or leave mayo, I think the split between strong mayo lovers and haters is more divisive than the one between Republicans and Democrats in today's Congress. I definitely would recommend you use what you — and your grandkids — like best. I think they'll like them. They were very tasty.
You are 100% right. I don't know what I was thinking. That's one of the bad things about becoming an old fart.
hunter9991 year ago

Ahhh, finally someone has discovered the secret formula! Mr Krabs would be so..annoyed :-)

Joking aside, this is awesome and very orginal! Thanks for sharing :-)

joety1 year ago
Mielameri1 year ago
Lol! 'When I offer people shrimp burgers...' Somehow that line cracked me up :9
Sounds friggin' delicious! Thanks for sharing!

"Oh no, there's cheese on these patties! Bubble Buddy is lactose intolerant...what should we do?" All Spongebob aside, these look great! :)