Fried Seafood Mini Empanadas

These crispy and appetizing empanadas are easy to make, and can be served at any occasion. Avocado cream or guacamole are great accompaniments.

Serves: 15Hands-on: 50 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 15


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 dozen scallops, cleaned and chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup raw shrimp, shelled, deveined, and chopped
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 cups vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. ají panca paste
  • 1 ají amarillo, diced
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 cup fresh salsa


  • Combine flour, cornmeal, and 1 teaspoon salt on a kitchen counter; create a well in the center, add the eggs, and slowly incorporate. Knead lightly until a smooth and pliable dough is formed. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest while you prepare the filling.
  • Combine scallops and shrimp in a bowl. Season with pepper, lime juice, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté scallops and shrimp for 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.
  • In the same skillet, heat an additional tablespoon of oil over medium heat and sauté onion and garlic until transparent (about 3 minutes). Add ají panca paste, diced ají amarillo, cumin, oregano, and parsley and sauté 1 minute. Add onion mixture to the scallop mixture and let cool.
  • Roll the dough on a floured kitchen surface until very thin, using a rolling pin. Cut 4-inch circles and fill each one with 1 tablespoon of the filling. Fold in half, forming half-moons, and press the borders with your fingers or the teeth of a fork. Heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan and fry the empanadas over medium heat, until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. Serve at once with salsa.