Shrimp Roll Pasta

I love a classic shrimp or lobster roll. The mayo based rolls are so delicious. With tender shellfish and the crunch of a good brioche roll, these sandwiches are truly unmatched. Because I love pasta, I wanted to make this delicious dish in pasta form! This dish has all of the components of a good shrimp roll, and can be served warm or cold. The mayo based sauce is dairy free, and takes only minutes to make. Top it with some toasted bread crumbs and you won’t even miss the roll. If you love shellfish like I do, go out and get yourself come quality wild spot prawns and make this recipe, stat!

Why you’ll love this prawn pasta

  • I’m calling this shrimp roll pasta, however, I’m actually using spot prawns! Prawns tend to be larger in size, and therefore the moniker is sometimes used to describe larger shrimp. Because spot prawns are the largest species of wild shrimp caught in Alaska, they’re commonly referred to as prawns rather than shrimp.
  • If you prep the pasta beforehand, you can make this easy, single serving pasta dish in just minutes when the craving strikes. I like to have already cooked pasta in my refrigerator during the week as a nice, quick option for the kids. Throw that cold pasta in a pan with a little butter to warm it, and it’s a great dinner side on those busy evenings.
  • You might think it’s weird to have a warm, mayo based sauce, but it’s really good and easy to make. And, this recipe is largely dairy free! Remove the butter from the toasted bread crumbs, and you’ve got yourself an awesome dairy free pasta recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Frying Pan – There is no better pan than HexClad, in my opinion.
  • Sauce Pan – Again, HexClad.
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Microplaner – If you don’t have a microplaner, use the smallest grate on a cheese grater for this. If you like to cook, however, I highly recommend getting a microplaner.
  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Spatula

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Pasta – Use your favorite kind, but I chose ditalini for this dish
  • Spot Prawns – You can totally substitute any kind of shrimp. I used spot prawns because they are much larger than shrimp. These spot prawns come with the peel on and uncooked. You can choose to buy your shrimp pre-cooked and peeled if you would like. Just be sure to adjust to an already cooked shrimp by only warming, and not cooking too long in the pan. I got my spot prawns from Wild Alaskan Company.
  • Garlic – Do yourself a favor and use fresh garlic. It’s so much better and fresh garlic pairs so well with fresh seafood. This is not an area I would substitute.
  • Panko bread crumbs – I used plain panko.
  • Butter – You can make this recipe dairy free by using your favorite butter substitute or olive oil.
  • Kewpie Mayo – You can also substitute your favorite mayo. But what’s the difference? Regular mayonnaise uses whole eggs and white vinegar whereas Kewpie uses only egg yolks and rice or apple cider vinegar. The result is an extra rich and thick texture with a bit more sweetness and tang. If you don’t like mayo give Kewpie a try, it will surprise you how different they taste.
  • Fresh Dill – If you don’t have fresh dill, you can use dried. When adding the ingredient, however, rub it between your fingers to break it up a little and “wake up” those flavors.
  • Lime juice and lime zest – I prefer lime over lemon, but you can use either. I also had lime on hand. I’m really trying to use the ingredients in my refrigerator and not waste food.

How to make this shrimp roll pasta

Step 1. Cook pasta as directed, and set aside. As I said earlier, I like to do this step ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator, for an easy grab-and-go ingredient.

Step 2. To a bowl, add mayo, lime zest, chopped dill, lime juice, salt and pepper and whisk together. Set aside.

Step 3. To your frying pan, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium.

Step 4. Peel and finely chop your garlic. Add garlic to your hot oil. Stir until fragrant.

Step 5. Peel prawns and add those to your garlic and oil. Stir around in your oil and garlic until the prawns are cooked. It shouldn’t take more than 2-3 minutes.

Step 6. Add a cup of cooked pasta to the pan with the prawns and garlic, and mix until warm.

Step 7. Pour your prawn mixture into the mayonnaise mixture and stir around until it’s completely coated. Transfer for your serving bowl.

Step 8. To your frying pan, add your butter and panko and cook until golden brown, stirring constantly.

Step 9. Top your pasta with the toasted bread crumbs, and garnish with more fresh dill.

FAQs about mayo based pasta sauces

Do I need to let the pasta cool before adding mayo?

While oil-based dressings can be applied even to hot pasta, make sure to let the pasta cool to a warm temperature before mixing in a mayo-based one. Mayonnaise is susceptible to separating, but it can be warmed as long as it’s not overheated. This is why we warm the ingredients, then add it to the bowl of sauce, and we don’t cook the mayo sauce in the pan.

What is mayo sauce called?

Aioli (eye-o-li) could be described as the fancy name for homemade mayo. That is the word most often seen on menus, never “mayo” or “mayonnaise.” But they are a little different.

What makes mayo taste better?

Salty ingredients lift up mayonnaise. We’re talking about ingredients that are not salt itself, but miso paste, soy sauce or anchovies, which add a splash of umami. This kind of mayo works great for grilled food and salad.

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Shrimp Roll Pasta

A classic shrimp roll in pasta form!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 600 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Microplaner
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup pasta
  • 8 Oz spot prawns can substitute shrimp
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tsp butter
  • 1/4 Cup kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 Tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 Tsp lime zest

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta as directed, and set aside.
  • To a bowl, add mayo, lime zest, chopped dill, lime juice, salt and pepper and whisk together. Set aside.
  • To your frying pan, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium.
  • Peel and finely chop your garlic. Add garlic to your hot oil. Stir until fragrant.
  • Peel prawns and add those to your garlic and oil. Stir around in your oil and garlic until the prawns are cooked. It shouldn’t take more than 2-3 minutes.
  • Add a cup of cooked pasta to the pan with the prawns and garlic, and mix until warm.
  • Pour your prawn mixture into the mayonnaise mixture and stir around until it’s completely coated. Transfer for your serving bowl.
  • To your frying pan, add your butter and panko and cook until golden brown, stirring constantly.
  • Top your pasta with the toasted bread crumbs, and garnish with more fresh dill.
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