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Seafood Appetizers

Looking for recipes for seafood appetizers? Taste of Home has the best seafood appetizer recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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Spicy Shrimp & Crab Cocktail

I don’t usually like radishes, but I love them in this shrimp cocktail. Serve it straight up, with tortilla chips or on a bed of butter lettuce. Tip: Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix works just as well as spicy V8.—Heidi Knaak, Liberty, Missouri
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More Seafood Appetizers

Festive Crab Cakes

Festive Crab Cakes

Festive Crab Cakes

Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York stirs up excitement at parties with these picture-perfect tarts filled with a pleasant combination of cream cheese, crabmeat and cranberry sauce.

Shrimp Salsa

Shrimp Salsa

Shrimp Salsa

"Every time I take this salsa to a party, it's the first thing to go," details Monique Jacketta of West Bountiful, Utah. She was skeptical when her mother gave her the recipe, but says one taste won her heart!

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Convenient canned crab and flavored cream cheese combine to turn ordinary celery sticks into special appetizers. I keep this recipe's ingredients on hand for anytime snacking. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

The delicate flavors of crab and green onion come through in each bite of this elegant dish from Kathi Mulchin of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Creamy Crab Wontons

Creamy Crab Wontons

Creamy Crab Wontons

How about a fast festive appetizer just for two? These hot, crispy little bites boast a rich creamy filling with a hint of crab. “They simply melt in your mouth,” promises Robin Boynton of Harbor Beach, Michigan. Suggestion: serve wontons with plum sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce for dipping.

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

While tinkering and tuning up recipes for my spring menu, I came up with a snazzy little appetizer that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. It features two favorites: shrimp and margaritas! —Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

"I like the fact that I can make this colorful unusual appetizer ahead of time," writes Pat Waymire, a field editor from Yellow Springs, Ohio. "I'm always on the lookout for new and different appetizers--and this one fills the bill."

Hot Crab Pinwheels

Hot Crab Pinwheels

Hot Crab Pinwheels

"I got the recipe for these crabmeat bites from a friend. What amazed me most is that my husband, who hates seafood, couldn't stop eating them," shares Kitti Boesel of Woodbridge, Virginia.

Pancetta Scallops on Potato Rounds

Pancetta Scallops on Potato Rounds

Pancetta Scallops on Potato Rounds

Serving the pancetta-wrapped scallops on red potato slices makes for a pretty presentation. The delicate flavors appeal to all.—Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

A savory appetizer cheesecake such as this one, dotted with tender crabmeat, is sure to grab the attention and tempt the taste buds of party guests. It's an elegant spread that you make ahead, so there's no last-minute fuss.

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Instead of serving cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, prepare this simple basil sauce and top it with tender cooked shrimp. It's a fun and fancy appetizer. —Ken Hulme, Prescott, Arizona

Festive Shrimp Tarts

Festive Shrimp Tarts

Festive Shrimp Tarts

These festive tarts always get rave reviews. I've made them well in advance and they're still party perfect later! Sheri Mosely Clermont, Florida

Salmon Tartlet Appetizers

Salmon Tartlet Appetizers

Salmon Tartlet Appetizers

"These make great appetizers. The filling alone is also good in a loaf," reveals Carolyn Kyzer of Alexander, Arkansas.

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Jumbo shrimp is big on flavor when field editor Marie Hattrup from the Dalles, Oregon gives it a tropical twist. Coconut offers subtle sweetness, and the fruity salsa is delightful as a dip.
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