Rev up your appetite with smoky, saucy, and all-around scrumptious seafood appetizers that will impress a crowd.
May 09, 2008
1 of 14Photo: Erin Kunkel
Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella
Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella Recipe Few 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
2 of 14Maren Caruso
Deviled Shrimp (Camarones a la Diabla)
Deviled Shrimp (Camarones a la Diabla) Recipe 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.
3 of 14Photo: France Ruffenach
Grilled Shrimp with Sangrita
Grilled Shrimp with Sangrita Recipe Marinating 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.
4 of 14Photo: Thomas J. Story
Oysters on the Half-Shell with Grilled Garden Salsa
Shrimp Bruschetta Recipe Bruschetta 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.
Barbecued Bacon Shrimp Recipe The 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.
9 of 14Howard L. Puckett
Diver Scallops Grilled on Rosemary
Diver Scallops Grilled on Rosemary Recipe When 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.
10 of 14Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Grilled Clams with Sambuca and Italian Sausage
Grilled Clams with Sambuca and Italian Sausage Recipe For 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.
11 of 14Photo: France Ruffenach
Scallops With Celery Root Salad
Scallops With Celery Root Salad Recipe While 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.
12 of 14Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Recipe The secret to this dish, a chargrilled homage to Gulf oyster houses, is a knockout garlic-herb butter.
13 of 14Dan Goldberg
Ginger Shrimp Mini Skewers
Ginger Shrimp Mini Skewers Recipe Ginger, 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.
14 of 14Lisa Romerein
Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Glaze
Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Glaze Recipe For 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.