Sesame Shrimp Bites with Lemon Aioli

These Sesame Shrimp Bites with Lemon Aioli sound fancy, but they are a super easy and super tasty low carb recipe for dinner or appetizers!

We love healthy but also delicious recipes like these shrimp bites! Also be sure and try our low carb NAKED SHEET PAN TACOS and our ITALIAN DELI ROLL UPS

Sesame Shrimp Bites with Lemon Aioli on a platter with lemon wedges

A Low Carb Dinner or Appetizer Recipe!

These shrimp bites look like they came from a restaurant, but they didn’t. You can make these Sesame Shrimp Bites with Lemon Aioli right in your very own kitchen  – and in less than 30 minutes. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Even with the panko bread crumb coating, these shrimp appetizers only have about 2 carbs per serving. That’s a low carb recipe I can get down with. Or if you’re serving these for a delicious seafood dinner, all you need to add is a salad or roasted vegetables on the side.

The best thing about this shrimp ball recipe, low carb or not, is definitely the flavor. Fresh shrimp mixed with ginger, garlic and scallions then baked until crispy. Just wait until you try the lemon aioli dipping sauce!


How Do You Make Shrimp Balls?

The filling is easy to put together, everything goes into a food processor and after a couple of pulses you’re good to go. Like I said, just shrimp, scallions, and egg white to bind the shrimp balls together and a few seasonings.

Form the the shrimp balls about the size of a golf ball and then roll around until in a mixture of panko bread crumbs and black sesame seeds until they are completely coated.


Get them in the oven to bake and start making the lemon aioli dipping sauce.

What Is Aioli Anyway???

Aioli is just a fancy word for a kicked up mayonnaise sauce. Just mayo, lemon garlic and dijon, then some salt and pepper to taste and you’re done. Traditional aioli is made with an egg for an emulsifier but we don’t think it’s necessary. Adding dijon mustard helps to hold this sauce together just fine.

If mayonnaise based sauces aren’t your thing, you can also serve these shrimp balls with cocktail sauce or even a warm teriyaki glaze. Or you can use our popular Homemade Stir Fry Sauce!


Can You Make These Shrimp Balls Ahead Of Time?

I hate to say it, but not really. These are best right from the oven but if you have to get them done ahead of time, just make them and keep them in the refrigerator until about 20 minutes before you need them.

Take them out of the refrigerator and get them in the oven but give them an extra few minutes of baking time because they will be chilled from being in the refrigerator.

Whether you are serving these shrimp balls for appetizers or a healthy, low carb dinner recipe I guarantee they are going to be a hit! Forget about that shrimp cocktail platter and make these Sesame Shrimp Bites instead!

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Sesame Shrimp Bites with Lemon Aioli

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

A baked, crispy shrimp appetizer that’s heavy on flavor and light on calories!



For the Shrimp Bites

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 scallions, chopped (green part and half of the white)

For the coating

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

For the Lemon Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Make sure your oven is really clean before cranking it up!
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the shrimp bites into a food processor. Pulse 3 or 4 times until well mixed but still slightly chunky.
  3. Mix the panko and sesame seeds together in a bowl.
  4. Roll the shrimp mixture into balls the size of golf balls then roll into the panko/sesame mixture until totally coated.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining shrimp mixture until you have about 24 shrimp bites.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes until the centers are firm and cooked through.
  7. While the shrimp bites are baking mix together the ingredients for the lemon aioli.
  8. Serve the shrimp bites with the lemon aioli on the side for dipping.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy appetizers, low carb appetizers, shrimp recipes, healthy recipes, dinner ideas, low carb recipes


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