Shrimp Appetizers

Consider a shrimp appetizer as a no-meat alternative. From bacon-wrapped to beer-boiled to crunchy popcorn shrimp, these recipes help you create shrimp appetizers that are fun, unusual, and filling.

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Pistachio Shrimp with Pesto Dipping Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Nut-crusted shrimp and a coconut dipping sauce make up this unique appetizer.

Spiced Shrimp in Lettuce Rolls

Pace Salsa & Picante

Keep your cool with these easy appetizers. If you buy cooked, shelled shrimp, you'll save even more time. Have a bowl of Pace® Picante available for dipping.

Total: 20 mins

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Betty Crocker

Hosting an Asian-themed meal? Make shrimp spring rolls and a spicy dipping sauce.

Total: 40 mins

Blair's Gluten-Free Fried Shrimp


Brown rice flour and cornstarch achieve the same amount of crisp as traditional wheat-based breadings.

Scary Cerebrum

Better Homes and Gardens

Guests at your Halloween party won't have to think twice whether they'd like a serving of this molded shrimp cocktail.

Shrimp Scampi-Style

Better Homes and Gardens

This shrimp appetizer has a traditional sauce of garlic, shallots, white wine, and lemon juice.

Southern-Style Shrimp and Crab Boil

The Food Channel

This recipe is for a large gathering of hungry people. It has just enough spice to give it sass, but not enough to scare off the faint of heart. It's a fun meal everyone will enjoy. And everything cooks in the same (big) pot!

Shrimp-Stuffed Buns

Better Homes and Gardens

These savory snacks freeze well. To reheat, wrap frozen buns in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until heated through.

Pizzazzy Little Pizzettas

Better Homes and Gardens

Shredded pork? Shrimp? Smoked chicken? You can top this versatile appetizer a variety of ways.

Vermouth-Poached Shrimp with Ginger Remoulade

Food & Wine

Jason McCullar reinvents shrimp remoulade, the classic New Orleans cocktail-party dish. Instead of tossing his vermouth-poached shrimp with a mayonnaise dressing, he makes a ginger-spiked dipping sauce.

Total: 1 hr

Holiday Shrimp Rounds

Better Homes and Gardens

These little bite-size appetizers, shrimp perched on a light filling atop a pastry of sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese, are easily assembled and delightfully pretty.

Smoky Seafood Cocktails

Food & Wine

Here, Grace Parisi revamps the classic shrimp-cocktail recipe by including scallops and stone-crab claws, then tweaks the cocktail sauce by replacing the ketchup with bottled chile sauce and seasoning it with hot pimenton de la Vera and prepared horseradish.

Total: 30 mins

Shrimp in Sherry-Garlic Sauce

The Food Channel

The sherry-garlic sauce in this appetizer offers a delicious change of pace from the usual cocktail sauce.

Zucchini Carpaccio with Salt-Broiled Shrimp

Food & Wine

In this clever recipe, Jason Stratton of Seattle's Spinasse makes a simple, creamy sauce by simmering toasted pine nuts with lemon zest and chicken stock, then pureeing them. His other smart trick: cooking shrimp on a superhot bed of coarse salt flavored with bay leaves and lemon zest.

Total: 1 hr 45 mins

Sauteed Shrimp with Shrimp Hummus

Food & Wine

For this appetizer, Pierre Gagnaire cleverly weaves together two major ingredients, shrimp and chickpeas: He quickly sears shrimp and uses the shells to make a stock to flavor the hummus. He then uses chickpeas to make the delicate cracker garnish. At his eponymous restaurant in Paris, it's part of a dish called Orientale, inspired by his walks in the desert. (He takes those walks when he's cooking at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire in Dubai and his newest place, Twist, in Las Vegas.) "I like the silence. The wind. The simple rhythm of the days," he says.

Total: 1 hr 45 mins

Shrimp-and-Chorizo Pizza with Escarole and Manchego

Food & Wine

"I don't know if I invented this combo, but since I don't remember stealing it from anyone, I'll take the credit," says Michael Schwartz of his ingenious pizza topping of shrimp, escarole, tangy Manchego, and spicy chorizo. He gets his chorizo (the firm kind; the soft one would make the pizza too greasy) from Miami's El Palacio de los Jugos marketplace.

Total: 2 hrs

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

Marinate shrimp in oil and Cajun seasoning, then drizzle warm marmalade sauce over the shrimp before serving for a fabulous main dish.

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