Rev up your appetite with smoky, saucy, and all-around scrumptious seafood appetizers that will impress a crowd.
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Grilled Seafood and Chorizo PaellaFew dishes are as dramatic as an enormous paella, rich with saffron-scented rice and a variety of shellfish. Building it layer by layer at the grill is pure theater
Deviled Shrimp (Camarones a la Diabla)Whole tomatoes, garlic cloves, and slices of onion are charred on a hot skillet, then blended with chipotles to create the devilishly smoky salsa that serves as both marinade and dipping sauce. To keep the morsels especially juicy, use deveined, unshelled shrimp. If you prefer easier eating, however, purchase shelled shrimp instead.
Grilled Shrimp with SangritaMarinating shrimp in a seafood brine ensures moisture retention and enhances the flavors of this exquisite hors d'oeuvre. Score big with guests by pairing with tangy sangrita and a glass of crisp white wine. You'll score big with guests at your next party.
Oysters on the Half-Shell with Grilled Garden SalsaPlanning a summer party? This fresh and flavorful display of oysters is a show-stopping appetizer option for any outdoor gathering.
Grilled Shrimp and Lemon Kebabs
Grilled Shrimp and Lemon Kebabs make the perfect, savory appetizer for a summer cookout.
Shrimp BruschettaBruschetta is quick, easy, and simply delicious, making it a year-round favorite appetizer. In this version, sweet shrimp join tomato, garlic, and parsley to create a bright, flavorful topping for garlicky grilled toasts.
Grilled Shrimp-and-Vegetable KebabsThrow some shrimp and your favorite veggies on the grill and have an easy and delicious summer appetizer in minutes.
Barbecued Bacon ShrimpThe most delectable surf-and-turf combo imaginable, bacon-wrapped shrimp are the perfect starter for a casual beach feast of grilled seafood. To make them easy to assemble and cook, be sure to buy regular (not thick-sliced) bacon.
Diver Scallops Grilled on RosemaryWhen it comes to easy preparation, this four-ingredient appetizer can't be beat. Just soak sprigs of fresh rosemary in water for 20 minutes to prevent them from burning. Thread sweet sea scallops onto the sprigs, then place them on the grill. Three minutes later, the scallops will be perfectly cooked and infused with the herb's woodsy aroma.
Grilled Clams with Sambuca and Italian SausageFor a seafood starter that meat-lovers will adore, look no further. A hearty mixture of Italian sausage and breadcrumbs tops each clam; a splash of licorice-flavored liqueur really enhances the flavor. Be sure to use a vegetable or shellfish grate when grilling, or choose clams large enough to be set directly on the grill rack.
Scallops With Celery Root SaladWhile the grill is most often used for casual meals, it can be just as effective for classy celebrations. Here, grilled jumbo scallops are plated on a bed of celery root rémoulade, a cool and creamy French sauce spiked with mustard. For a truly over-the-top experience, garnish each scallop with a spoonful of caviar and pair with Sauvignon Blanc.
Grilled OystersThe secret to this dish, a chargrilled homage to Gulf oyster houses, is a knockout garlic-herb butter.
Ginger Shrimp Mini SkewersGinger, spring onions, and soy sauce give these tiny skewers a tasty Asian twist. Pass a plate of these on the deck while sipping chilled sake or iced green tea.
Grilled Oysters with Chipotle GlazeFor pure impact, you can't beat two dozen oysters on the half shell set in a sparkling bed of salt. Marinated in a tequila-lime mixture before receiving a gloss of chipotle cream on the grill, these bivalves have it all: salt, smoke, and spice.