Healthy Shrimp Appetizer Recipes

Find healthy, delicious crab appetizer recipes including crab cakes and crab dip. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Rating: 4.88 stars
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Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.

Shrimp & Crab Cakes

Rating: 4.5 stars
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These are delicious with Spicy Cucumber Dipping Sauce.

Garlic-Sautéed Shrimp

Rating: 5 stars
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Peeled shrimp may be convenient, but here the shells--and heads if you are lucky enough to find them still on--are transformed into a quick stock that adds a boost of flavor. Serve the garlic-sautéed shrimp as an appetizer or use them as a topping for pasta or risotto.

Ceviche-Stuffed Avocados

Rating: 5 stars
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Rather than serving this easy mock shrimp ceviche with chips or tortillas, cut some carbs and pile the citrusy seafood in fresh avocado bowls for a fun and healthy presentation.

Shrimp Summer Rolls

This sophisticated-looking shrimp summer roll recipe is surprisingly easy to make and makes a great party appetizer or first course. Look for rice-paper wrappers--translucent round sheets made from rice flour--in the Asian section of large supermarkets or at Asian food stores.

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

Rating: 4.75 stars
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People along the Yangtze River enjoy dumplings with a variety of fillings, from seafood to red meat, eggs to vegetables. In Wuhan, dumplings may be served at any meal. Crisp, pan-fried dumplings don't have to be loaded with fat. Cooking them in a mix of water and oil makes them crisp on the bottom, tender and juicy inside.

Meat Fondue

Everyone can have fun cooking their own steak, chicken and shrimp in only minutes. Enjoy with Ginger-Wasabi Sauce and Lemon-Pepper Aioli.

Quick Pickled Shrimp Toast

This shrimp toast recipe comes together in just 15 minutes for a quick appetizer or snack.
By Adam Dolge

Vietnamese Shrimp & Mango Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 5 stars
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Large, untorn butter lettuce leaves are best for rolling up the filling in these Asian lettuce wraps without breaking. If you use larger shrimp, chop them before cooking to make the wraps easier to eat. Serve as a first course or light dinner with a side of rice or noodles.

Quick Risotto with Shrimp, Corn & Edamame

Rating: 2.83 stars
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In this healthy, quick risotto recipe, we use instant brown rice instead of arborio rice, and frozen corn and edamame to speed up the cooking time and add fiber. To get the creamy risotto texture without slow cooking, we stir in cream cheese and Parmesan just at the end of cooking.

Rice Pilaf with Shrimp

Don't be surprised if you start humming the jingle about the San Francisco treat while you're eating this herb-infused pilaf. Quick-cooking shrimp and tender baby lima beans turn this side dish into a quick main course. Not a lima lover? Try frozen shelled edamame instead. Serve with steamed or roasted asparagus.

Coconut Shrimp with Creamy Dipping Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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Our creamy, slightly spicy sauce pairs perfectly with this crispy coconut shrimp. The unsweetened coconut flakes get crunchy in the oven for the fried taste you love without the oily mess, plus they're better for you, too.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche
Rating: Unrated
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A lime-juice marinade "cooks" the raw shrimp in this classic ceviche. For a refreshing update, this one is served with a salsa made from creamy avocado, juicy tomato and tangy cilantro.
Creamy Shrimp Sauce
Rating: Unrated
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Chile and horseradish add a spicy kick to this mayo- and yogurt-based yum yum shrimp sauce. This recipe comes together in a pinch for an updated shrimp cocktail appetizer--and will be devoured just as fast at any party.

Curried Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 5 stars
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Tender-crisp Boston lettuce makes the perfect low-calorie stand-in for traditional wraps in this healthy, gluten-free recipe. If you can't find Boston lettuce, other types of greens, such as kale, cabbage or iceberg lettuce, will work too.