Whether you’re entertaining a crowd for Super Bowl Sunday, having a gathering of family and friends for a special occasion, or any day where you’d like to serve up some mouthwatering Gulf Coast seafood, you’ll want to have a few go-to seafood appetizers that are both simple and scrumptious. Let us help you with that!
We have rounded up three of our very favorite seafood appetizers that make entertaining easy! Special thanks to EatGulfSeafood.com for these recipes. You can find more on their site, along with seafood seasonality and everything you need to know about Gulf Coast seafood.
Blue Crab Imperial Dip
Blue crabs are caught year-round on the Gulf Coast with peak harvest season found during the warm summer and fall months. Crab Imperial is a classic dish that can be put together in minutes for a rich, savory appetizer that pairs perfectly with crunchy bread, fresh vegetables, crisp crackers or straight out of the bowl. Sweet crab meat is the star of this creamy and utterly satisfying Blue Crab Imperial Dip that is topped with bread crumbs for an added element of texture and crunch. Mmm, mmm, good.
Lemon-Garlic Gulf Oysters
Oysters are another seafood staple here on the Gulf Coast. The briny deliciousness of the oysters is highlighted with a brush of butter, garlic and lemon to elevate the flavors to out-of-this-world status. Simple and elegant, Lemon-Garlic Gulf Oysters are the perfect appetizer to bring a taste of the Gulf of Mexico right to your table. Garnish with lemon wedges for an extra squeeze of brightness and serve with more melted butter on the side, if you dare.
Baked Gulf Shrimp Scampi
Your appetizer spread wouldn’t be complete without the addition of Gulf Coast shrimp. The perfect blend of shallots, garlic, lemon, herbs and seasonings bring out the inherent loveliness of this popular shrimp dish. Baked Gulf Shrimp Scampi is crowd-pleaser that can be made in batches, so there’s plenty to go around. Just a bit of quick sautéing is all you need to do before you spoon the buttery bath of liquid over the shrimp, top with bread crumbs, and bake to perfection. Is your mouthwatering yet?
We hope you consider putting one, if not all, of these succulent seafood appetizers on your table next time you’re entertaining family, friends or whomever you’re hosting for the evening. They are sure-fire recipes that guarantee to have your guests coming back for more. We’re fairly certain you won’t have any leftovers. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite and most popular appetizer when feeding a crowd?