Spicy Shrimp

Kick up conversation at the serving table with a plate of spicy shrimp appetizers. Check out the spicy shrimp cocktail, shrimp in spicy cream sauce, and dozens of other spicy shrimp appetizer recipes.

See Popular Spicy Shrimp Recipes

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

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!

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.

Cajun Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

Elegant enough for holiday celebrations, this appetizer recipe is also easy enough to prepare on a relaxing night in.

Fire and Ice Shrimp

Family Circle

Add this spicy shrimp appetizer to your party or potluck menu. It's the perfect make-ahead recipe for any gathering.

Jamaican Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

Jamaican cooks know how to temper spicy peppers with a hint of sweetness. A little honey and a fresh jalapeno capture the magical Caribbean taste in this appetizer.

Dinner Tonight: 5-Ingredient Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Try this 5-ingredient recipe for grilled shrimp tonight for a main dish that's both easy to prepare and to clean up.

Shrimp Skewers

Family Circle

Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce

Fine Cooking Magazine

This tart and tangy sauce is a twist on a classic Bloody Mary cocktail. Rim your serving dish with celery salt before serving, if you like.

Total: 30 mins

Shrimp Ceviche


This recipe makes a fabulous appetizer, but try it for lunch too.

Poached Shrimp with Spicy Mayo and Garlic Breadcrumbs

Fine Cooking Magazine

A twist on shrimp cocktail that makes the perfect party starter. To eat, guests dip each shrimp in the spicy mayo and then in the breadcrumbs.

Two-Way Nachos

Family Circle

Spicy Shrimp on Skewers

Better Homes and Gardens

For a fruit side dish, during the last 5 minutes of grilling time place fresh pineapple wedges alongside the shrimp. Serve rice and peas to round out the meal.


Ladies' Home Journal

These corn and shrimp tamales wrapped in corn husks are the real deal. Serve them when entertaining for a dinner that guests will be sure to remember.

Zesty Shrimp Cocktail

Better Homes and Gardens

This fresh shrimp appetizer recipe uses orange juice and horseradish in the homemade cocktail sauce.

Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

Diabetic Living

Shrimp are a protein powerhouse. Grill them up on skewers with a crop of vegetables and serve with steamed rice for a satisfying yet light lunch or dinner.

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