Seafood Appetizer Recipes

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Cory's Best Calamari

Rating: Unrated
12
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.

Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: Unrated
102
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: Unrated
11
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: Unrated
130
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: Unrated
26
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

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10
These are delicious Clams Casino that my girlfriend makes for me, with a few of my own refinements. Great for the game on Sunday.

Chef John's Crab Rangoon

Rating: Unrated
50
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: Unrated
165
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.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

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524
These spring rolls are a refreshing change from the usual fried variety, and have become a family favorite. They are great as a cool summertime appetizer, and are delicious dipped in one or both of the sauces.
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Salmon Patties I

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602
These salmon patties are delicious for lunch or dinner.

Chef John's Fresh Salmon Cakes

Rating: Unrated
231
Salmon cakes are one of my go-to emergency meals. Every once in a while I like to use fresh salmon. Salmon is one of those products, like chicken, that's very easy to get into a rut with. People generally find a few recipes that work for them, and just stay with those, but this fairly simple preparation should be easy to add to anyone's rotation. Serve with lemon wedge and remoulade sauce. You can use any bread crumbs instead of panko breadcrumbs, if desired.

Grandma's Famous Salmon Cakes

Rating: Unrated
310
This is a recipe for my Grandmother's famous salmon cakes. It is a family recipe that has been passed down through generations. Serve with macaroni and cheese or any other type of side dish.

Inspiration and Ideas

Scallops One-Two-Three

"I followed other reviews and cooked the bacon partially and it turned out perfect! These are great appetizers, and two per person is a great amount!" – Aja

Best Ever Crab Cakes

"These are some of the yummiest crab cakes I have made!" – tin297

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Rating: Unrated
30

These easy-to-make air fryer shrimp can be served with a salad or on top of rice or pasta. Also great as a cold appetizer.