Seafood Appetizers

Check out these superb seafood appetizers that suit any season. From clam dip to shrimp cocktail to crab cakes, these easy recipes for seafood appetizers make swimmingly delicious presentations.

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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.

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

Shrimp and Cheese Crisps

Better Homes and Gardens

Bake the puff pastry and mix up the tapenade ahead of your party. Then assemble and bake the pastries as guests arrive.

Poached Salmon Appetizer

Betty Crocker

Try this salmon appetizer recipe from Betty Crocker.

Total: 2 hrs 35 mins

Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

In France, coarse ground pepper is called mignonette, a main ingredient of mignonette sauce, which is served with oysters. Spoon a small amount of the sauce on each oyster as you prepare to eat it.

Crab Melt

Pepperidge Farm

Ready in just 30 minutes, this appetizer is sure to be a hit. Crabmeat is mixed with cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion and mustard and heated until's irresistible.

Total: 30 mins

Salmon Trout Tartare with Pressed Caviar and Tomatoes

Food & Wine

Salmon trout has a mild, delicate taste, but regular salmon is also delicious in this bright-flavored tartare.

Total: 25 mins

Smoked Salmon Crisps

Food & Wine

Thomas Keller's salmon cornets (tuiles shaped into tiny cones and topped with creme fraiche and fresh salmon) are a famous kickoff to his luxe and whimsical meals. The original recipe appears in The French Laundry Cookbook (Artisan). Shaping the tuiles into cones is tricky and involves working very quickly with a cornet mold. Instead, leave the tuiles flat, like crackers. Top them with store-bought smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

Total: 45 mins

Crispy Tilapia Cakes


Try these tilapia patties for a new twist on crab cakes. Served with a farro, pomegranate and broccoli salad, this is one quick and nutritious dinner.

Total: 25 mins

Crab Cakes

Betty Crocker

Try this crab cake recipe from Betty Crocker.

Total: 25 mins

Smoked Oyster-Stuffed Eggs

Better Homes and Gardens

Update traditional deviled eggs with the smoky flavor of oysters.

Total: 35 mins

Scallops with Chestnut Sauce and Crisp Sage

Food & Wine

"In 1994, when I enrolled at the Culinary Institute oh America in Hyde Park, I had to catch up on so much -- it was like I had a virgin palate for food and wine," says Rajat Parr. "For instance, I'd never had a scallop before; I didn't even know what they were. I had never seen a chestnut before, either. So cooking school was an eye-opening experience."

Total: 40 mins
Total: 1 hr 10 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.

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Betty Crocker

Add a bold splash of color to this savory cheesecake with red caviar, chopped red bell pepper or chopped seeded tomatoes. This fabulous appetizer can be made up to 48 hours ahead of time.

Total: 4 hrs 20 mins

Shrimp Scampi-Style

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Creamy Crab and Clam Dip

Family Circle

The slow cooker will keep this cheesy seafood dip warm for the duration of your whole party.

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