Trinity Shrimp Johnny Cakes

Trinity Shrimp Johnny Cakes

This cornmeal flatbread cake has a rich history in the United States and south into the Caribbean. A take on the traditional style, this recipe includes succulent shrimp and lovely smoked paprika. Jalapeños and chili flakes give this dish bite while  cheddar cheese and cooked tomato sauce round out the flavours. For added flair, add a grilled half lemon to the plate before serving! Recipe provided by Chef Matt Basile of Fidel Gastro's. (Photography: Josh Tenn-Yuk)  

  • Ingredients

    Trinity Shrimp

    8 large shrimp, deveined and shell removed, cut each shrimp into 4 pieces (8)

    1/2 cup mixed red/yellow/orange bell peppers, diced (125 mL)

    1/4 cup white onion, diced (60 mL)

    1/4 cup celery, diced (60 mL)

    1 Tbsp garlic, chopped (15 mL)

    1 Tbsp salt (15 mL)

    1 Tbsp smoked paprika (15 mL)

    1 tsp chili flakes (5 mL)

    1/4 cup canola oil (60 mL)

    2 1/4 cups cooked tomato sauce (560 mL)

    Johnny Cakes

    2 1/4 cups cheddar cheese, grated (560 mL)

    2 Tbsp finely chopped chives (30 mL)

    2 cups all-purpose flour (500 mL)

    1 cup cornmeal (250 mL)

    2 tsp sugar (10 mL)

    ¾ tsp salt (4 mL)

    ¾ tsp baking powder (4 mL)

    2 ½ cups buttermilk (625 mL)

    4 large eggs (4)

    ¾ cup canola oil (175 mL)

    ½ of a jalapeno, diced (1/2)

  • Directions

    Johnny Cakes:

    1. Reserve cheddar cheese and chives. In a large bowl, mix together all other dry ingredients. In another large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients whisking together.
    2. Heat a drizzle of canola oil in a non-stick pan on medium-high and use a ladle to cook pancakes until golden brown on each side. About ¼ cup of batter per pancake.

    Trinity Sauce:

    1. In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté peppers, onions, celery, and garlic for 5 minutes.
    2. Add salt, chili flakes and paprika. Once incorporated, add shrimp and sauté for an additional 3-4 minutes until pink.
    3. Add cooked tomato sauce to shrimp and veggies, stirring until shrimp and veggies are coated with tomato sauce and heated through.


    1. Place one pancake on the plate and top with cheddar. Spoon trinity sauce and shrimp overtop. Add another pancake and repeat for 3 layers. Garnish with chopped chives.

Nutritional Analysis

Serving Size
3 pancakes
Total Fat
38.8 g
Saturated Fat
7.1 g
127 mg
1604 mg
50.2 g
2.9 g
7.6 g
17.6 g
461 mg

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