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    The 35 BEST Shrimp Appetizers

    Looking for some great appetizers for your next get together? You’ve come to the right place!

    All of these great Shrimp Appetizers are sure to wow the crowd. Plump, succulent shrimp can be cooked so many ways.

    Whether you want fried, saucy, butter, made into a dip, or just good old fashioned shrimp cocktail, we’ve got all of the recipes you need.

    Cook your way through these amazing shrimp appetizers, your guests will keep coming back for more!

    The 35 BEST Shrimp Appetizers.

    The Best Shrimp Appetizers:

    1. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

    We’re starting this list of shrimp appetizers with this amazing Spanish dish. It’s like scampi, but we are just going to swap butter with “good for you” olive oil, plenty of it. So much so that those shrimp aren’t just coated but literally swim in it!

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    2. Shrimp Remoulade

    This New Orleans shrimp dish is as basic as cold boiled shrimp with their famous zesty mustard-mayo sauce, remoulade, pronounced Reh-mou-Lahd. It’s easy and super quick.

    It’s often served as a first course appetizer during celebration times like Mardi Gras.

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    3. Shrimp de Jonghe

    Shrimp + garlic + sherry + butter + aromatics in Gratin style. This appetizer is one of the gastronomic glories of Chicago, yet is virtually unknown everywhere else.

    The shrimp are blanketed in garlicky, sherry laced bread crumbs.

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    4. Coconut Shrimp

    Try these super delicious Coconut Shrimp. They’re a staple on restaurant menus for a good reason. Shrimp are coated in coconut and panko and fried to golden perfection.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    5. Bang Bang Shrimp

    Bang Bang Shrimp are crispy panko fried shrimp smothered in a sweet and spicy Bang Bang sauce.

    They’re fairly new to the scene, but we think they’ll stick around a long time!

    Get the Recipe @ tablefortwoblog

    6. Surf and Turf Nachos

    These Surf and Turf Nachos will be a huge hit at your next get together. Perfectly marinated steak, succulent shrimp and all your favorite fixings atop a bed of crispy tortilla chips.

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    7. Popcorn Shrimp

    A restaurant appetizer favorite, these popcorn shrimp are mini shrimp that are breaded and then fried until golden and crispy. Once you try one, you’ll have a hard time stopping!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    8. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

    Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are an easy appetizer that are sure to impress the crowd. These shrimp are glazed in honey garlic sauce for extra flavor. Serve these tasty bacon shrimp with green onions and guacamole.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    9. Guacamole Shrimp Wonton Cups

    Guacamole Shrimp Wonton Cups are a great summer appetizer .This dish looks fancy but it is so simple to make. Crunchy wonton shells stuffed with guacamole and seasoned shrimp are a sure winner.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    10. Spicy Garlic Lime Shrimp Pineapple Skewers

    These tasty grilled skewers are sure to please at your next gathering. The garlic and lime seasoned prawns pair beautifully with pineapple.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    11. Crispy Shrimp Tempura

    Crispy Shrimp Tempura is one of the most popular and well known Japanese dishes. The light panko coating results in fried shrimp that are crispy, but not too heavy.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyhomecooked

    12. Chunky Shrimp Guacamole

    Take your favorite avocado dip to new heights with this chunky shrimp guacamole. It’s great for scooping with tortillas, or as a topping for tacos.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    13. Shrimp Spring Rolls

    Sometimes we really want to eat out but it just isn’t practical. Luckily, these fresh spring rolls are easy to make, and restaurant quality! They’re served with a homemade peanut sauce for dipping them in, and they work as a lunch or dinner meal.

    Get the Recipe @ jessicagaving

    14. Firecracker Shrimp

    This Firecracker Shrimp recipe is an Asian inspired treat that is crunchy, sweet and spicy. If you want big flavors, this is the shrimp appetizer for you.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    15. Shrimp Cocktail

    Shrimp Cocktail is a simple, retro shrimp appetizer invented in Las Vegas casinos. It is simply boiled, chilled shrimp with cocktail sauce. It’s a classic that never goes out of style.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    16. Shrimp Potstickers

    These Potstickers have veggies and and seasonings, all wrapped in dough and cooked to perfection. You don’t have to wait to go to an Asian restaurant to have these addictive treats.

    Make them in your very own kitchen. They are even better than what you’d get at a restaurant! Non stop munchings.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    17. Fried Shrimp

    Isn’t it so that everything tastes good fried? This southern style fried shrimp recipe is no exception! Put a big platter on your appetizer spread alongside some cocktail sauce or tartar sauce and watch your guests chow down.

    Get the Recipe @ biscuitsandBurlap

    18. Baked Shrimp Dip

    This Shrimp Dip is a mouthwatering recipe that is creamy and cheesy and loaded with shrimp. It actually combines three different types of cheese, which makes this dish absolutely delicious. Everyone at the party will just devour this dip.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    19. Shrimp Avocado Garlic Bread

    This Shrimp Avocado Garlic Bread recipe is fast and easy to make. It’s made with crusty garlic bread topped with juicy shrimp, avocado and grape tomatoes. We love it as an appetizer, but it’s great any time.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    20. Mango Shrimp Salsa

    This Mango Shrimp Salsa with avocado is the perfect summer dip when mangoes are in season. Scoop it up with endless tortilla chips.

    Get the Recipe @ natshaskitchen

    21. Cajun Shrimp Toast

    Shrimp toast with a kick… this Cajun Shrimp Toast recipe is a super easy and delicious appetizer for your next game day or get together with friends.

    Tender shrimp are coated in a creamy mozzarella and parmesan garlic sauce with Cajun seasoning, served over French bread and baked to golden gooey perfection.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    22. Shrimp Boil Kabobs

    This summer, the next time you’re craving a low country shrimp boil, go the kabob way!

    All of your favorite shrimp boil components threaded onto skewers and grilled. Brilliant!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    23. Shrimp Ceviche

    Ceviche is a famous Mexican appetizer of raw fish marinated in lime juice with onions, tomatoes and plemty of cilantro. This recipe replaces fish with shrimp and the result is amazing!

    Get the Recipe @ ifoodreal

    24. Shrimp Cakes

    Seriously, anything goes great as fried cakes, right? These tasty and crispy little fritters come together in about 25 minutes and are paired with a creamy lemon aioli.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    25. Buffalo Shrimp

    If you’re a fan of Buffalo wings, these shrimp are going to blow you away! The same spicy sauce and cool blue cheese, but with the added sweetness of shrimp. So good.

    Get the Recipe @ melissassouthernstylekitchen

    26. Shrimp Tempura Roll

    This Shrimp Tempura Roll recipe is just like the kind you would eat at your favorite sushi restaurant. Crispy tempura fried shrimp rolled up along with avocado into a super tasty sushi roll.

    Get the Recipe @ munchkintimes

    27. Shrimp Scampi Dip

    Now this sounds fancy! Shrimp scampi dip is cheesy and creamy, and of course, garlicky! Impress the crowd with this elegant dip recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ dishnthekitchen

    28. Cajun Popcorn Shrimp

    Give your popcorn shrimp a Louisiana style makeover with this innovative recipe. All it takes in a little Cajun seasoning to upgrade an already delicious dish. We like them with some remoulade sauce.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    29. Shrimp Guacamole Bites

    Shrimp Guacamole Bites are so simple to make: round tortilla chips topped with guacamole and a shrimp. You’re going to keep coming back to these tasty munchies.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    30. Shrimp Wontons

    These surprisingly quick and easy wontons bring great Chinese flavors to your appetizer spread. Make a big batch, these bite sized morsels will go quick!

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    31. Garlic Lime Roasted Shrimp Salad

    This Garlic Lime Roasted Shrimp Salad is loaded with fresh veggies and herbs, and of course roasted shrimp, making a delicious appetizer for your family and friends.

    Get the Recipe @ aspicyperspective

    32. Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp

    These crab cake stuffed shrimp are almost too good to be true, as you can imagine by the name!

    The best part is, they only take 20 minutes of hands on time!

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    33. Fried Shrimp Balls

    These Fried Shrimp Balls are a popular Chinese appetizer recipe. Served with sweet chili sauce, this will add an impressive dimension to your appetizer spread.

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    34. Tandoori Prawns

    Tandoori Prawns are an easy Indian inspired appetizer. They are beautifully marinated in yogurt and spices, then grilled on skewers. Delicious recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ funfoodfrolic

    35. Sticky Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Sticky Shrimp Lettuce Wraps are absolutely delicious and easy to make. They are ready in 20 minutes, and are healthy and filled with Asian inspired flavors.

    Make the sticky shrimp filling ahead of time and enjoy it warm or cold.

    Get the Recipe @ themodernproper

    So there you go, thirty five great shrimp appetizers for your next get together. They’re all sure to be loved by the crowd.

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    The 25 BEST Shrimp Appetizers

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