You'd think that shrimp were purpose-built for party food. They're exactly the right size for easy eating, and their sweet, clean flavor plays well with all kinds of ingredients and preparations. And they always seem just a little more special than your average appetizer. Small wonder shrimp are always the first bites to disappear at any get-together. Here are 10 favorite summer shrimp appetizers you'll want to put on your party circuit.
Let's start with shrimp soaked in lemon, garlic, and herbs, and grilled on skewers until they're caramelized on the edges but juicy in the center. It's going to be a delicious summer.
You'll want to use large or jumbo shrimp for this easy appetizer so the shrimp don't overcook while the bacon is baking. If your shrimp are smaller, cook the bacon slightly before wrapping the shrimp.
Lightly poached shrimp go for a swim in a savory mix of tomatoes, cucumber, celery, onion, jalapeños, and other tasty things to make an appetizer that lands somewhere between a Bloody Mary and shrimp gazpacho. Yes, please! Now see how to cook shrimp cocktail:
4. City Ceviche
A slightly different approach to ceviche, this poached shrimp and scallop cocktail is made with a colorful mix of citrus juices, bell peppers, chopped tomates, chile peppers, cilantro, and avocado. Pretty, isn't it?
Cooked shrimp rolled up in rice wrappers with ultra-thin rice noodles, basil, mint, cilantro, and lettuce make the perfect no-cook cold shrimp appetizer for a hot summer evening. You'll even get two different dipping sauces to bring out all the flavors. Watch the video to see how to roll everything up.
Even though they're baked instead of fried, these coconut-crusted shrimp turn out crispy crunchy. Try them with this 5-star orange marmalade dipping sauce.
Looks like lots of people love the shrimp appetizer at a certain popular restaurant, so much so that they're coming up with their own versions they can enjoy anytime. (Okay, okay -- it's Bonefish Grill®.) Home happy hour, here we come!
KSUfoodlover08 raves, "Made these for a party and they were the favorite! Hardest part wasn't eating them on the way there. Made them exactly as the recipe called, well worth the effort!"
Chef John delivers another 5-star favorite with this easy recipe for grilled paprika-spiced shrimp dipped in a citrusy mayo flavored with fresh tarragon. The recipe calls for preserved lemons, which you can DIY a week ahead of time or purchase at a specialty shop.
Here's a perfect last-minute appetizer you can throw together like it's NBD. You'll want to chill it for 30 minutes before serving, but you can use that time to set up your bar or tweak your mixtape.
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