Seafood Appetizer Recipes

Browse more than 700 trusted seafood appetizer recipes, including ceviche, calamari, shrimp cocktail, clams casino, oysters Rockefeller, seafood dip, crab cakes, and more.

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Cory's Best Calamari

Rating: 4 stars 16
My mom always cooked this recipe when I was a kid: deep fried calamari. This is one of our family's favorite foods. Simple yet very delicious.
By Cory Folchi

Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 142
Before I knew much about food or dining out, I knew that if they brought shrimp cocktails to the table as an appetizer, we were eating at a 'fancy' restaurant. I'm sure I enjoyed the shrimp, but what I really loved was dipping the crackers in the spicy, horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce.

City Ceviche

Rating: 5 stars 16
A wonderful appetizer to enjoy with friends when San Francisco's Indian summer warms the city. The true way to 'cook' the fish is to marinate it in citrus juice overnight, but I find that the poaching process is faster and an easy way to judge if it is indeed cooked. I often buy precooked shrimp (but NOT frozen!) and just poach the scallops. Best when served with cold beer (we prefer Pacifico®) and fresh limes. Using quality and sturdy tortilla chips is essential. Please note that the serving size is meant for appetizer portions.

Crab and Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 176
This is the result of trying to duplicate a seafood chain's recipe. Comes close enough, they're gone the minute they hit the table!

Teriyaki Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Rating: 5 stars 39
Bacon-wrapped scallops lightly marinated in a teriyaki, fresh grated ginger, and brown sugar sauce. These are always a huge hit at every party I go to. They disappear fast and then I'm always asked for the recipe. I often hear comments such as, What an awesome combination!!! and These are so additive!!

Maggie's Clams Casino

Rating: 4 stars 11
These are delicious Clams Casino that my girlfriend makes for me, with a few of my own refinements. Great for the game on Sunday.
By Al Peacock

Chef John's Crab Rangoon

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
While not 'authentic,' these crispy crab and cream cheese wontons are one of the most addictive, delicious, and crowd-pleasing appetizers ever created. That is, if the filling has enough crab in it. I'm using a 1 to 1 ratio of crab to cream cheese.

Best Hot Crab Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 198
Very easy to make and absolutely wonderful! I am from Maryland and this is truly the best crab dip around. I have been making it for years.

Shrimp Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 143
This is an awesomely simple, light, and refreshing salsa that goes great with tortilla chips.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 745
With fresh vegetables wrapped in rice paper, these Vietnamese spring rolls are a refreshing appetizer for an Asian-inspired meal.

Easy Tuna Patties

Rating: 4.5 stars 548
Serve these crispy tuna patties as a simple appetizer or hot sandwich.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Rating: 4.5 stars 859
Shrimp marinated in lemon, garlic, and parsley for 30 minutes, then grilled. Can be used as an appetizer or main dish. This recipe also works well with scallops.

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Rating: 4.5 stars 344

A crab stuffing seasoned with thyme, oregano, and savory fills mushrooms for a tasty appetizer.