Garnalenbroodjes Recipe - A Delicious Dutch Shrimp Dish


Garnalenbroodjes Recipe - A Delicious Dutch Shrimp Dish
Region / culture: Netherlands | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4



Garnalenbroodjes, or shrimp rolls, are a delicious and savory Dutch dish that is perfect for a light lunch or appetizer. The combination of tender shrimp in a creamy sauce, served on crispy fried bread, is sure to delight your taste buds.


Garnalenbroodjes have been a popular dish in the Netherlands for many years. The combination of shrimp and creamy sauce served on bread has been a favorite among Dutch families for generations.



How to prepare

  1. Wash the shrimps and let them drain.
  2. Sauté the onion in the butter.
  3. Combine the milk or stock with the used butter and flour to create a thick sauce.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, optional grated cheese, and chopped parsley.
  5. Warm the shrimp in the sauce without boiling.
  6. Butter both sides of the bread slices, fry them in a dry frying pan, and top with shrimp ragout.
  7. Serve on a heated dish.


  • Add diced vegetables such as bell peppers or mushrooms to the sauce for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Substitute the shrimp with cooked chicken or tofu for a different twist on the dish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to wash the shrimp thoroughly before using them in the recipe.

- Sautéing the onion in butter adds a rich flavor to the sauce.

- Be careful not to overcook the shrimp, as they can become tough and rubbery.

- Buttering and frying the bread slices adds a delicious crunch to the dish.

Serving Suggestions

Garnalenbroodjes can be served as a light lunch or appetizer, accompanied by a fresh salad or soup.

Cooking Techniques

Sautéing the onion in butter

- Creating a roux for the sauce

- Frying the bread slices until crispy

Ingredient Substitutions

Use vegetable broth instead of fish stock for a vegetarian version of the dish.

- Substitute margarine for butter for a dairy-free option.

Make Ahead Tips

The shrimp ragout can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnalenbroodjes can be garnished with fresh parsley or a sprinkle of paprika for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Garnalenbroodjes pair well with a crisp white wine or a light beer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Garnalenbroodjes contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Garnalenbroodjes contains approximately 20 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Garnalenbroodjes contains approximately 10 grams of fat.


Each serving of Garnalenbroodjes contains approximately 15 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Garnalenbroodjes are a good source of vitamin B12, iron, and selenium.


Garnalenbroodjes contain shellfish, dairy, and gluten.


Garnalenbroodjes are a delicious and satisfying dish that is relatively high in protein and moderate in calories. However, they may not be suitable for those with shellfish, dairy, or gluten allergies.


Garnalenbroodjes are a classic Dutch dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. With tender shrimp in a creamy sauce, served on crispy fried bread, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

I recall the moment I first laid eyes on this recipe for Garnalenbroodjes. It was many years ago, during a summer trip to the Netherlands. I was wandering through a bustling market in Amsterdam, taking in the sights and sounds of the city, when I stumbled upon a small stall selling freshly baked pastries. The aroma wafting from the stall was intoxicating, drawing me closer with each step.

As I approached, I saw a woman behind the counter, expertly shaping dough and filling it with a savory mixture of shrimp and spices. She worked with such skill and precision, her hands moving deftly as she created each delicate pastry. I was mesmerized by the sight, and I knew I had to learn how to make these delicious treats for myself.

I struck up a conversation with the woman, who introduced herself as Maria. She explained that the pastries were called Garnalenbroodjes, a traditional Dutch dish that she had learned to make from her grandmother. Maria was kind enough to share the recipe with me, passing down the knowledge that had been handed down through generations of her family.

I watched as she mixed the dough, kneading it until it was soft and pliable. She then rolled it out into thin circles, spooning a generous portion of shrimp filling onto each one. Maria folded the dough over the filling, crimping the edges to seal in the savory goodness. She brushed each pastry with an egg wash before placing them in the oven to bake to golden perfection.

As the pastries baked, filling the air with their tantalizing scent, Maria shared stories of her grandmother and the memories they had shared in the kitchen. She spoke of lazy afternoons spent rolling out dough and filling pastries, of family gatherings where Garnalenbroodjes were always the star of the meal. I could see the love and pride in her eyes as she spoke, and I knew that I had stumbled upon something truly special.

When the pastries were finally ready, Maria removed them from the oven and placed them on a platter for us to enjoy. The first bite was pure bliss – the flaky, buttery crust giving way to a burst of savory shrimp and spices. I savored each bite, knowing that I had found a recipe that would become a cherished part of my own culinary repertoire.

As I bid farewell to Maria and the bustling market in Amsterdam, I knew that I would always treasure the memory of that day – the day I learned to make Garnalenbroodjes from a kind stranger who had become a friend. I returned home with the recipe tucked safely in my pocket, eager to recreate the magic of that day in my own kitchen.

Over the years, I have made Garnalenbroodjes countless times, each batch as delicious as the last. I have shared the recipe with friends and family, passing down the tradition that Maria had shared with me. And with each bite, I am transported back to that sunny afternoon in Amsterdam, where a chance encounter led to a culinary adventure that I will never forget.

Garnalenbroodjes will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of the power of food to connect us across cultures and generations. And I will always be grateful to Maria for sharing her recipe with me, for it has truly become a treasure in my collection of culinary delights.


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