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10 Top-Rated Shrimp Appetizers for Your Summer Parties

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.

1. Chef John's Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

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.

2. Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

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.

Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

3. Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail

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!

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?

City Ceviche

Photo by Aja

5. Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

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.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Photo by Allrecipes

6. Baked Coconut Shrimp

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.

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Photo by glutenfreegirl

7. Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp®

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!

Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp

Photo by Holly A Evans

8. Shrimp and Jalapeno Nachos

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!"

Shrimp and Jalapeno Nachos

Photo by Christina

9. Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Aioli

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.

10. Layered Shrimp Dip

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.

Layered Shrimp Dip

Photo by Baking Nana


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