If you are looking for some uniquely delicious shrimp appetizers, here is a lengthy list of shrimp ideas you'll want to make for your next party or gathering! From shrimp cocktail to fried shrimp, all of these appetizers are meant to be eaten with your fingers making them ideal hors d'oeuvres.
What Sizes Do Shrimp Come In?
Shrimp comes in many sizes that can be a bit difficult to understand if you're not familiar with them.
🍤 Colossal shrimp which comes 8-10 shrimp in a bag.
🍤 Jumbo shrimp which comes in 10-12 in a bag.
🍤 Large shrimp which come 16-20 in a bag.
🍤 Medium shrimp which come 21-25 in a bag
🍤Small shrimp which come 26-30 in a bag.
How do you serve COLD shrimp at a party?
The best way to serve shrimp at a party is:
- Over ice on a tray or in a bowl
- Directly over ice
- Use a chafing dish and add ice water underneath
The Best Shrimp Appetizers
I LOVE fried shrimp. This recipe is as simple as it gets! Breaded in a panko exterior and deep fried to perfection, they are best served with a dipping sauce like the two here.
Fried shrimp is the ultimate way to enjoy shrimp. It's crunchy, sweet and succulent. The sauces are sweet and creamy so you have something yummy for everyone.
This is one of the best shrimp appetizers on my blog. It's crunchy, sweet, spicy and savory. It is always a hit at get-togethers and something people rave over! I promise this one will be a hit for you too.
Purchase some store-bought breaded shrimp and spend time on the shrimp sauces instead! These 3 sauces are so delicious and perfect for dipping into.
Looking for a low-carb appetizer for your next party. These Keto Fried Shrimp are crispy and delicious and will be sure to please your guests who are looking for healthy options.
10. Stuffed Shrimp
These Stuffed Shrimp are stuffed with a delicious crawfish stuffing and will be an elegant appetizer for any occasion.
This shrimp appetizer is so cute. With its buttery shrimp filling and homemade pastry shell, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make. It would make the perfect appetizer for an extra special occasion like a ladies luncheon or an afternoon tea.
These shrimp cakes are loaded with asian inspired flavors. They have a delightful crunch that all your party guests will love and especially your guests who are eating a low carb diet.
This appetizer has a cool and creamy avocado cream on a crunchy baguette with a garlic flavored shrimp on top. The perfect appetizer to eat with your fingers while milling around visiting during a gathering.
16. Shrimp Rangoon
The best shrimp appetizers are crunchy and served with a sauce. This one checks both of those boxes. Add some chopsticks and you've got yourself a fun appetizer guests will love.
These mini peppers filled with a creamy, succulent shrimp rangoon filling are the perfect way to add vegetables to your appetizer buffet.
These skewers are sweet and spicy and grilled to perfection. I love the combination of sweet pineapple and shrimp. You could make these skewers ahead of time and grill them up in minutes to serve hot to your guests.
These shrimp skewers are spicy with the delightful flavor of citrus and tequila. Make them ahead of time and let them marinate until party time and then grill them up in about 6 minutes. Serve them with a cool and creamy yogurt dip to tame the spice.
Artichokes have a sweet and nutty taste and they pair perfectly with shrimp to make a hearty and satisfying stuffing for these elegant appetizers.
These shrimp have a unique Asian twist with a sweet, salty and spicy flavor. They are a breeze to whip up and put on the grill for your guests.
These appetizers are an amazing bite. The shrimp is succulent with a creamy layer of guacamole, a salty cracker and a dollop of sweet pineapple preserves on top.
Shrimp Cakes are the perfect finger good appetizer. They are full of fresh lemon and garlic. They'll bring a flavor punch to any appetizer buffet.
These little shrimp appetizers are so easy and delicious that your guests will gobble them up so you better make a lot!
These are a delicious and refreshing appetizer. Delicate rice wrappers filled with cooked shrimp and thinly sliced vegetables.
The addition of cilantro, lime and garlic to these shrimp lettuce wraps combined with the cool, creamy guacamole is a wonderful zing of flavor.
Every sports gathering needs nachos and these are spicy and cheesy with all the flavors of Tijuana Shrimp Dip. Your guests will enjoy these as an appetizer or a meal. No utensils necessary.
Adding shrimp to your pico de gallo brings it to the next level. Serve with tortilla chips for your guests to scoop up all the zesty goodness.
This shrimp appetizer is one of my favorite to serve with a pitcher or margaritas! It's the perfect bite of succulent shrimp, creamy guacamole and sour cream all over a crispy tostada shell! It would be perfect to serve at a Mexican fiesta or for Cindo De Mayo events!
This shrimp appetizer will make a statement at any occasion. Butternut squash with a crispy edge and a seasoned shrimp skewered to the top with a fresh herb garnish. Beautiful and delicious.
36. Shrimp Quinoa Vegetable Spring Rolls
These pretty spring rolls are made all the more healthy with the addition of quinoa. Dip them in a yummy peanut sauce for a refreshing bite.
Who doesn't love the flavor of mango and shrimp together? This appetizer looks like fine cuisine and is a tasty bite. Make it for your next gathering.
Aleka's Shrimp Appetizer Tips
🍤 Purchase frozen shrimp that is clean and/peeled to make things quicker.
🍤 Consider keeping the tail on for a fancier presentation and handle for guests to hold.
🍤 Don't use breadcrumbs to give guests a GF option!
🍤 U10 shrimp are the biggest shrimp so look out for them!
Shrimp make the perfect finger food to serve at any gathering. They are also easy to cook and are super versatile. They taste delicious by themselves, cocktail style, raw or fried so the possibilities are endless!
With that said, there are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to preparing shrimp.
- Don't overcook them! They are ready when they turn bright pink. (This takes a few minutes.)
- Leave the tails on the shrimp for a fancier presentation.
- You can purchase shrimp deveined to save you time in the kitchen.
- If shrimp smell like ammonia, they are most likely old. Toss them!
- After rinsing them, make sure to dry off your shrimp well with a paper towel.
- Butterfly your shrimp before cooking to make them look larger.
- Purchase frozen shrimp if you are not planning on cooking fresh shrimp right away.
I hope you were able to find some delicious shrimp appetizers to make for friends and family! Make sure to check out my other party recipes below!