15+ Seafood Appetizers That Are Perfect for Summer
Say hello to summer with these scrumptious seafood appetizers. From cool, citrusy ceviche to fried buffalo-style oysters, these starters put classic fish and shellfish—like tuna, scallops, and shrimp—at center stage. Browse our collection of appetizers for great ways to satisfy your craving for seafood during the summer season.
Contemporary Shrimp Cocktail
Revive this party staple by setting out a bountiful platter of shrimp with three bowls of zingy new sauces. For an appetizer, plan on 1 pound of large shrimp for every 4 to 5 guests. Perk up precooked shrimp in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then plunge them in ice water. Drain shrimp well, pat dry, and serve.
Sesame Salmon Croquettes
Fragrant fresh ginger gives these easy two-bite nibbles a bright punch of flavor. Can't find fresh ginger? Substitute with 1/2 tsp. ground ginger.
Thai Shrimp Cakes
Dried coconut, fresh ginger, fish sauce, and a couple of dashes of Sriracha lend a depth of Thai flavor to these crab cakes.
This flavorful crab dip features a from-scratch Bechamel sauce, jumbo lump crab, and a blend of fresh herbs and cheeses. Enjoy with fresh baguette slices or your favorite crackers.
Shrimp in Cucumber Cups
Poached shrimp star in this stand-out appetizer of Shrimp in Cucumber Cups.
Deviled Shrimp (Camarones a la Diabla)
Escabèche is a Spanish dish in which cooked seafood is marinated and served cold as an appetizer. Though it's traditionally made with sardines, escabèche is also good with other seafood, including scallops and shrimp. Marinate for only 30 minutes to ensure the scallops remain tender. Top with thyme sprigs.
This spicy ceviche truly shines when the wild salmon that's used is as fresh and locally sourced as possible.
Mini Crab Cakes with Herbed Aioli
Smoked Salmon Mousse Canapés
Spread the love for your favorite seafood at your next party with crowd-pleasing Smoked Salmon Mousse Canapés.
Crostini with Avocado, Crab, and Flake Salt
Top baked bread slices with mashed avocado and crab to make this tasty appetizer.
This classic Hawaiian appetizer of cubed raw ahi tuna is easy to throw together at the last minute.
Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs RecipeAdd a flair of sophistication to the average deviled egg platter by using smoked salmon to top each egg slice. Use any combination of herbs you like for this easy and tasty, smoked salmon starter.
Crab Salad Cups
This fresh, light crab salad is easy to prepare and the perfect appetizer for warm summer evenings. Dress it up with avocado and parsley, then serve the salad in lettuce cups to make it finger-friendly.
Smoked Salmon Dip
For this lightened version of a favorite salmon dip, we cut the calories and saturated fat in half with light cream cheese and sour cream.
Fried Buffalo Oysters
A unique twist on the tangy buffalo wing, fried oysters are crispy on the outside and meltingly rich and creamy on the inside. These fiery bites are a bit spicy, so it’s best to have a side of cool ranch or blue cheese and trimmed celery sticks nearby.