Best Seafood Appetizers

Dive into a sea (forgive the pun) of delicious flavours with these stunning seafood appetizers and finger food ideas. From zesty oysters and grilled shrimp to elegant crab cakes, this curated selection includes tempting options for every palate. 

Seafood Appetizers
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Indulge in the succulent simplicity of shrimp cocktail, savour the richness of crab-stuffed mushrooms, enjoy the handheld delights of Asian cuisine with sushi and spring rolls, and refresh your taste buds with bright and citrusy ceviche. 

This collection of seafood appetizers caters to all budgets and occasions, ensuring a delightful experience that will leave your guests hooked on every bite.

👉 Check out my other collections: 🫒 Vegetarian appetizers, 🌮 Mexican appetizers, 🧆Mediterranean, 🛞 pinwheel sandwiches, 🥐 puff pastry appetizers, 🍣 Asian appetizers, 🍗Paleo appetizers.

Seafood Dips and Pâtés

Seven Layer Smoked Salmon Dip
This impressive dip is the perfect centrepiece stacked with smoked salmon, several creamy cheese varieties, cucumber and radish, and masterfully topped off with chives and dill. From The View from Great Island.
Calories: 173Carbs: 8 grams
Protein: 10 grams
Cooking time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including time to chill)
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Taramosalata (Ταραµοσαλάτα)
Taramosalata is the classic and traditional pink Greek dip or spread. This version is made with fish roe and potatoes and is so easy to make. Nutrition info is not available. Recipe from Mia Kouppa.
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Paleo Crab Dip (Whole30, Keto)
This decadent dip is loaded with flaky crab and sealed with a golden layer baked to perfection with creamy, dairy-free excellence in each bite. From What Great Grandma Ate.
Calories: 319
Carbs: 2 grams
Protein: 12 grams
Cooking time: 20 minutes
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Sardine Pâté With Sun Dried Tomatoes
Tinned fish has been having its moment lately, and I think sardines deserve all the positive attention they’re getting. This dip is simple and will please the palates of everyone – even picky eaters.
Calories: 183
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 12 grams
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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Smoked Salmon Dip
Homemade Smoked Salmon Dip has an incredible real smoked salmon flavour that you simply can’t buy in tubs from the supermarket! Made with cream cheese, lemon, dill and smoked salmon. From Recipe Tin Eats.
Calories (per serve): 145
Carbs: 1.7 g
Protein: 5.1 g
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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Bite-sized

Crispy Garlic Prawns (Shrimp!)
These are the best garlic prawns – a mash-up between Hawaiian garlic shrimp and Spanish garlic prawns. These are great to pick up with your fingers or you can serve them on mini toasts or in lettuce cups.
Calories (per appetizer-size serve): 165
Carbs: 5.5g
Protein: 11 g
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Hot Honey Salmon Bites
These fried salmon bites are made in the air fryer for a healthy and addictive appetizer, sized perfectly to stick with toothpicks for easy snacking. Serve with a creamy hot honey sauce. From Well Seasoned Studio.
Calories: 570
Carbs: 23 grams
Protein: 38 grams
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Bacon Wrapped Scallops With Lime & Maple Glaze
There's culinary perfection in the combination of scallops and bacon. When expertly cooked, the scallops maintain firmness, showcasing a swift sear on both sides. Complement this with crisp, smoky bacon and a sweet glaze, transforming this recipe into a lavish indulgence.
Calories: 212Carbs: 8.5 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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Clams Casino
This dish is designed to impress with gorgeous presentation and baked to perfection with garlic breadcrumbs, bacon, and roasted red pepper. If you’ve never prepared clams before, this is a good place to start. From Sip and Feast.
Calories: 523
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 32 grams
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Grilled Shrimp With Three Sauces
Upgrade the classic shrimp cocktail experience with my party-ready recipe featuring not one, but three delightful sauce options: Romesco, curry aioli, and a creamy avocado sauce. Present it on a platter or opt for a more cocktail-style vibe.
Calories: 86
Carbs: < 1 gram
Protein: 14.5 grams
Cooking time: 25 minutes
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Baked Salmon Sushi Cups
Discover the TikTok sensation with this recipe that captures the essence of sushi. Merge your favorite spicy salmon roll ingredients into bite-sized nori cups, creating a homemade delight that's as simple to make as it is to enjoy. From Kale Junkie.
Calories: 132
Carbs: 8 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Cooking time: 35 minutes
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Oysters Rockefeller
There are many ways to serve oysters both raw and cooked. Oysters Rockefeller feature a crispy layer of herb-infused spinach and a baked layer of bread crumbs, mellowing out that salty punch of a raw oyster. From Garlic and Zest.
Calories: 141
Carbs: 11 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Cooking time: 45 minutes
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Tuna Cabbage Patties With Spicy Garlic Mayo
You will love these cheesy, crispy Tuna Cabbage Patties (or fritters) with spicy garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce. Low-carb, keto, gluten-free.
Calories (1 patty + 1/2 tbsp sauce): 160
Carbs: 1.9 g
Protein: 9.3 g
Cooking time: 25 minutes
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Baked Mussels with Cheese and Garlic
Don’t underestimate the ease of serving an appetizer in a shell. Perfectly handheld, these mussels baked with a garlic cheese blend are a Filipino recipe that will make seafood skeptics come back for seconds. From Pups with Chopsticks.
Calories: 512
Carbs: 8 grams
Protein: 35 grams
Cooking time: 45 minutes
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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushrooms make the perfect bowl for a decadent baked crab mixture. These stuffed mushrooms are an exceptionally easy appetizer to make with a serious gourmet edge. From Cafe Delites.
Calories: 59
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Cooking time: 35 minutes
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Smoked Trout & Potato Rosti Canapé
These smoked trout & potato rosti canapé are the perfect mouthful for entertaining. The rosti are topped with rich smoked trout & tangy light yoghurt. From Belly Rumbles.
Calories (per piece): 21
Carbs: 3 g
Protein: 1 g
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Ceviche and Raw Seafood Appetizers

Oysters with Zesty Vietnamese Dressing
Add a boost of nutrients with these spectacular fresh oysters with Vietnamese dressing. These are Paleo, Whole30, keto, and gluten-free friendly.
Calories: 150 per 3 oysters
Carbs: 9.6 g
Protein: 14.6 g
Cooking time: 5 minutes
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Mango Halibut Ceviche
Explore the versatile world of ceviche with this recipe that embraces various fish types and creative mix-ins. Traditionally enjoyed with chips for that perfect scoop of vibrant flavour, the raw halibut is transformed into a delectable dish with a zesty citrus marinade. From Downshiftology.
Calories: 231
Carbs: 17 grams
Protein: 23 grams
Cooking time: 40 minutes
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Ahi Tuna Wonton Nachos with Wasabi Mayo
Fried wonton chips, fresh seared ahi tuna, avocado, and wasabi mayo make up this party-appropriate platter for an impressive dish bursting with vibrant colour and incredible flavour. From Cooking with Cocktail Rings.
Calories: 514
Carbs: 35 grams
Protein: 16 grams
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Shrimp Ceviche
This light and refreshing recipe for shrimp ceviche is a show stopping recipe for all your summer events boasting a rainbow of fresh and simple ingredients. From Kaleifornia Kravings.
Calories: 223
Carbs: 8.5 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Cooking time: 3 hours 20 minutes
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Tuna Carpaccio
This Italian delicacy is made with fresh Saku Tuna and capers, olive oil and lemon juice on top and makes the perfect appetizer! Recipe from Two Purple Figs.
Calories (as a pre-dinner appetizer): 260 (fewer is served as bite-size canapes)
Carbs: 5 g
Protein: 22 g
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
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Spicy Tuna Roll
Everyone loves to snack on sushi. Show up to the table with your own spicy tuna roll. With a few key tools and ingredients, it’s actually so easy to DIY your favourite creations. From The Wooden Skillet.
Calories: 643
Carbs: 102 grams
Protein: 16 grams
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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Crostinis, Blinis, Rolls, Toasts and Tarts

Pull Apart Lobster Sliders
Step up your dinner rolls with these buttery, herb-infused lobster sliders for an effortlessly elegant appetizer. From Wild Thistle Kitchen.
Calories: 191
Carbs: 16 grams
Protein: 10 grams
Cooking time: 40 minutes
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Cloud Bread Blinis With Smoked Salmon
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and chives make the perfect blini topping. These tiny “cloud bread” pancakes are low-carb for a healthy alternative.
Calories: 155
Carbs: 2 grams
Protein: 13.5 grams
Cooking time: 35 minutes
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Catalan Tomato Bread with Spanish Anchovies
Savour the taste of Spain with these tiny toasts. A luscious blend of ripe tomatoes on a high-quality baguette is made complete by the addition of anchovies, creating a delightful appetizer tailored for the discerning palate. From Spain on a Fork.
Calories: 151
Carbs: 15 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Cooking time: 20 minutes
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Sardine and Cream Cheese Rillettes
Try this crostini recipe with a French-inspired sardine and cream cheese blend, crowned with cornichons—an impressive recipe that proves canned ingredients can be extraordinary! From Pardon Your French.
Calories: 112
Carbs: 14 grams
Protein: 6.5 grams
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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10-Minute Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Deliciously savoury smoked salmon pinwheels rolled up with chive and dill cream cheese and fresh spinach. An easy, healthy appetizer or snack! Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.
Calories: 264calCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 12.3g
Calories (per 2 pinwheels): 132 cal
Carbs: 10 g
Protein: 6.1 g
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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Fried Seafood Appetizers

Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls
Crab Rangoon is the perfect fried appetizer to order for the table. Impress your guests or kickstart your home-cooked meal with these golden egg rolls, filled with a decadent blend of shrimp and cream cheese. From Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons.
Calories: 181
Carbs: 14 grams
Protein: 11 grams
Cooking time: 25 minutes
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Fried Calamari
Enjoy this “deep-fried” squid in this lighter recipe battered with cassava flour and fried in avocado oil. You can even opt to make it in the air-fryer. From Nom Nom Paleo.
Calories: 280
Carbs: 16 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Cooking time: 40 minutes
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Maryland Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are a staple in fishing towns coast to coast. These hearty patties feature jumbo lump crab meat – the premium stuff – seasoned to perfection and lightly fried. Serve as a standalone appetizer with fresh lemon and use leftovers for the best sandwiches. From Coley Cooks.
Calories: 498
Carbs: 11 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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