Spicy Shrimp Appetizer Recipes:
Burn, Baby, Burn!

Want to plan an appetizer menu that truly sizzles? The wonderfully spicy shrimp appetizer recipes here will certainly do the trick!

These great recipes are full of spice and flavor-- the kind of recipes that make you say "ooh, good!" while your mouth is screaming "ooh, hot!" Some have a touch of chipotle for a smokey undertone. Others with cooling coconut or tangy lime. Want to plan a sizzlingly good menu that your guests won't soon forget? Add one or two of these to your appetizer listing... or make a "spicy shrimp smorgasbord" and go for all three!

At Appetite4Appetizers, I'm truly passionate about small bites and finger foods... and you'll see a ton more shrimp appetizer recipes (some spicy, some crunchy, some just full of flavor) coming soon!

Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp Recipe

Spicy Shrimp Appetizer with Lime and CoconutThere are so many reasons to love this recipe. But the best one for me? This is one of those spicy shrimp appetizer recipes that cools while it heats... making it impossible to stop eating. The cooling coconut and tangy lime mellow out the heat of the jalapeño... while the cilantro adds a wonderful element of green freshness.

These tasty little jalapeño shrimp appetizers are also as easy as they are addictive! What could be better?

Serving Note: This recipe has you assemble the shrimp on skewers. Looking for more of a finger food feel? Cook your shrimps individually on toothpicks, instead.

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2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1 lime
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 C. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 C. coconut, shredded
1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 lb med raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Instructions: 1. In a blender or food processor, combine jalapeno, zest from lime, juice from lime, garlic, cilantro, coconut, olive oil, and soy sauce. Blend until smooth.

2. In a large bowl, combine shrimp and coconut mixture. Toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

3. Soak skewers in water about 30 minutes to prevent burning.

4. Preheat gas grill or grill pan to medium-high.

5. Thread shrimp onto skewers lengthwise so they form "C"s. Place on lightly oiled grill and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning frequently. (These also turn out great on an indoor grill!)

Deadly Chipotle Lime Shrimp Appetizer Recipe

Now, when you want a spicy shrimp appetizer with true flavor, you want to opt for a chipotle shrimp recipe every time. While the chipotle adds a lot of heat to the dish, it also adds a ton of deep smoky, tangy, wonderful flavor.

This Mexican shrimp appetizer recipe is tangy-spicy-smokey with a wonderful tomato-based sauce. Serve it with rice for a main dish (or as a mini-dish appetizer), on individual plates with a slice of tortilla, or in a large communal dish with plenty of bread for dipping.

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1 1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled, with tails left on, deveined
1 lime, juiced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup white onion, chopped
1 (14 oz) can Mexican style diced tomatoes
3 chipotle chiles in adobe sauce
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 tsp dried oregano (Mexican if available)
1/2 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, combine shrimp and lime juice. Toss to coat and refrigerate no longer than 20 minutes.

2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add shrimp and onion, and sauté 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp and onions to a bowl and set aside.

3. In a blender or food processor, combine tomatoes, chiles with sauce, garlic and oregano. Blend until smooth.

4. Add the remaining tbsp olive oil to pan and reheat. Add tomato/chile mixture and simmer over medium heat for 8 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine, reserved lime juice, and shrimp. Cook another 2-3 minutes. Don't overcook the shrimp!

5. Serve hot.

Cajun Spiced Shrimp in Chardonnay Butter

SPicy Cajun Shrimp Appetizer Recipe with White WineThis spicy shrimp appetizer recipe is one to beat them all. The rich tang of the Chardonnay butter sauce adds a cool rich creaminess to the spicy (and well-spiced) shrimp. Want to add a little body to the sauce? Toss in a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream when you take it off the heat.

Serve this spicy shrimp appetizer in individual ramekins for a sit-down appetizer, or place in a heated dish and let guests serve themselves with toothpicks, Spanish tapas style!

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2 lbs raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 stick butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp freshly ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry Chardonnay wine

Instructions: 1. In a small bowl, mix together the oregano, basil, thyme, pepper, cayenne, and pepper flakes.

2. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, shallots, and herb mix, and sauté until garlic just begins to brown, 3-4 minutes

3. Add shrimp and sauté about 3 minutes, until shrimp begin to turn pink. Add wine and simmer until shrimp are cooked through, about 2 minutes.

4. Serve immediately.

Serving Note: Want to make this a main dish? It can be served over rice if desired. Or place a small amount of rice in the bottom of a shot glass and scoop a shrimp and a bit of sauce over for a fun and pretty appetizer.

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More Spicy-Good Appetizers

Want to heat your party up with more than just spicy SHRIMP appetizers? Try a few more of these spicy appetizer recipes:

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