Avocado Cucumber Shrimp Appetizers

These shrimp appetizers have plump juicy cajun shrimp over creamy avocado on a crisp slice of cucumber. These shrimp cucumber bites are a delicious mouthful!

Closeup of shrimp appetizers with cajun shrimp over avocado spread on cucumber bites

This is such an easy shrimp appetizer recipe but it is mouthwatering good and special occasion worthy. It will be the talk of your next party!

The flavor profile of these shrimp appetizers are similar to our shrimp avocado salad (one of our most popular shrimp recipes!), so if you enjoyed that, you will go crazy for these shrimp cucumber bites! My husband and son loved these! 

The inspiration for this recipe came from Kevin of Closet Cooking who’s blackened shrimp made my mouth water!

Easy Ingredients for Shrimp Appetizers:

This recipe yields 20-22 cucumber bites (depending on how many shrimp are in a pound of a shrimp). The homemade cajun spice sears on to the shrimp giving it an amazing spicy kick. If you prefer a milder appetizer, you can easily cut the paprika and cayenne in half.

Ingredients needed to make shrimp appetizers

Chef’s Tip on How to Cook Shrimp:

I add the shrimp to the pan using tongs just a few at a time without dropping the entire amount into the hot pan right away which can cool the pan quickly. Also do not crows the pan or the shrimp will juice out and become rubbery. You want to achieve a good sear the shrimp to keep it plump and juicy. If your pan is too small to fit all of the shrimp in 1 batch, cook shrimp in 2 batches.

How to cook shrimp in a skillet showing cajun shrimp blackened in a skillet

The avocado spread is so easy and the lime juice makes it taste like guacamole. Don’t skip the cilantro and generous squeeze of fresh lime juice over the finished shrimp avocado appetizers  – it ads amazing fresh flavor.

how to make avocado spread by mashing avocado and adding lime juice

This is a recipe you’ll never get tired of eating – good thing it is also a healthy appetizer with only 49 calories per bite! It is friendly for nearly every diet; gluten free, keto/low carb, grain free and paleo.

Assembled avocado shrimp bites on a platter

More Shrimp Appetizers:

Garnished shrimp appetizers with squeeze of fresh lime juice and cilantro

Shrimp Appetizers Print Friendly Recipe:

Shrimp Appetizers with Avocado and Cucumber

4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These shrimp appetizers have plump juicy cajun shrimp over creamy avocado on a crisp slice of cucumber. These shrimp cucumber bites are a delicious mouthful!

Author: natashaskitchen
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Calories: 49 kcal
Servings: 22 shrimp appetizers

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cajun Shrimp:

  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro finely chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided

For the Avocado Spread:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice plus more to squeeze over finished appetizers
  • 1 English Cucumber sliced into 22 rings

Instructions

How to Make Cajun Shrimp:

  1. Place shrimp in a large mixing bowl and pat dry with paper towels. Add minced garlic, 1 Tbsp cilantro, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Stir well to combine.
  2. Heat a large heavy pan over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Once oil is hot, add shrimp in a single layer and sauté 2 min per side or until cooked through.

How to Make Avocado Spread & Assemble:

  1. In a small bowl, mash together 1 avocado, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 Tbsp lime juice until creamy. Divide the avocado mix over 20-22 cucumber slices.
  2. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the shrimp avocado bites and garnish with more finely chopped cilantro. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Appetizers with Avocado and Cucumber
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Kay Spencer
    November 7, 2018

    Sounds marvelous. Can you use pre-cooked shrimp? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2018

      I’ve only made it fresh so I can’t really say. I imagine the cooked shrimp will be “rubbery” if precooked. I would love to know how you like it if you experiment Reply

  • Sandy
    November 3, 2018

    I see that someone else asked about making these ahead. Will the acacado stay green I’d made ahead and is it best to have the shrimp warm? Do you suggest English ccucumbers? I’d really like to make these ahead as they will be appetizers for a dinner party. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      Hi Sandy! Our shrimp was cooled by the time we ate it and we loved it. The avocado stays green as long as it has some kind of lemon or lime sprayed on it. English cucumbers should work just fine! I hope you love this recipe! It’s so good! Reply

      • Sandy
        November 5, 2018

        Perfect….thanks. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 5, 2018

          You’re welcome! Reply

  • AREFEH VASEFI
    September 3, 2018

    …..so I’ve been following your recipes and made quite a few of them all delish this one was great as well thx for sharing such wonderful recipes, easy, quick, and all ingredients are usually found in any households Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2018

      Thank you so much, Arefeh! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Reply

  • Cleve
    August 5, 2018

    Simply delicious! Quick and easy recipe. I made it for the first time for a fireworks get-together at a friends and got mucho complements! Cutting the recipe by half and making it again tonight but just for my wife and I. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2018

      Thank you for the great review Cleve! Reply

  • Nafisah Innis
    July 19, 2018

    Made this last night and it was AMAZING!! My family requested this again tonight. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 19, 2018

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Tony
    July 9, 2018

    This is my second recipe from this site, and just like the first one, this is awesome. Easy, quick, tasty. I had never seen an avocado quartered after taking the stone out. Far superior to my using a spoon to scrape out the good stuff. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 9, 2018

      Thank you so much for following our blog and trying our recipes! I’m so happy you enjoyed them, Tony! Reply

  • Astri Kaasen
    June 2, 2018

    Hello, I want to make these for my party but I was wondering if they can be served cold or if they should be served right of the pan, still hot? thanks for reply! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2018

      If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving. Hope that helps, Astri. Reply

  • Lilia warren
    May 21, 2018

    I made these for a graduation party and they were a huge hit! I used store-bought guacamole which saved me some time on such a busy day! The main course was your stir-fry from the glamping trip 🙂 all came out delicious thank you for your recipes! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 21, 2018

      You’re welcome Lilia! I’m happy to hear how much everyone enjoys the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Mary Thomas
    May 5, 2018

    All these things together sound fabulous but… if the cucumber is sliced very thin and you pick it up with your fingers it looks to me like it is an accident waiting to happen with the avocado dropping on the floor or worse. Would you suggest a toothpick to pick it up?
    Anxious to try! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 5, 2018

      Hi Mary, we don’t use toothpicks but I suppose you could if you prefer. We do slice the cucumber about 1/4″ thick (not too thin) 🙂 Reply

  • Nadia
    May 2, 2018

    Those shrimps were amazing! Even my husband liked them. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2018

      You’re welcome Nadia! I’m glad you both enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Carolyn Y Quinn
    April 28, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I can’t wait to make your Avocado Shrimp Cucumber Bites! OMG they look so yummy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2018

      Thank you Carolyn! I hope you LOVE the recipe! They really are so delicious 🙂 Reply

  • Diane Champoux
    April 28, 2018

    I can’t wait to try this appetizer. I totally enjoy your recipes and love to impress my friends. Thanks.

    Diane Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2018

      I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as the others! Thanks for following Diane and please let me know what you think! Reply

      • Diane Champoux
        August 17, 2018

        They were fantastic. Shared with a friend and she agreed! Thanks. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 17, 2018

          Awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me. Reply

      • diane champoux
        August 17, 2018

        Fantastic. Shared with a friend who agreed totally. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 17, 2018

          Thank you for the great review Diane! Reply

  • Tamara
    April 28, 2018

    Simply fab!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2018

      I’m glad we agree! 🙂 Reply

  • Aluris
    April 27, 2018

    I made these today, they were super yummy. Just perfect. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 27, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy them as much as we do! Thanks for sharing your great review Aluris! Reply

  • Lori
    April 27, 2018

    Can’t wait to try these! Thank you for posting. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 27, 2018

      You’re welcome Lori, please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • Nata
    April 26, 2018

    I was totally disappointed not been able to see step by step instructions. They are one of the main reasons why I love your site. Please don’t stop doing them. Thank you so much!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 26, 2018

      Hi Nata, we definitely don’t plan to stop adding step by step instructions unless it is a video recipe. Thank you so much for your feedback – I’m so glad you enjoy the step-by step photos! They sure take quite a bit more time but it’s worth it if it makes following the recipe easier 🙂 Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    April 26, 2018

    Love the freshness of all the ingredients ! Perfect bites for high temperatures’ season! Thank you Natasha ! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2018

      You’re welcome! I hope you love the recipe as much as we do. Please let me know what you think when you decide to make them! Reply

  • Natalie Ellis
    April 25, 2018

    Wow, it looks yummy! I super love the idea combining shrimp with avocado and cucumber 😍 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2018

      They taste sooo good! Please let me know what you think when you decide to make them Natalie! Reply

  • Tani
    April 25, 2018

    What happened to the step by step pictures? (They look yummy and simple to make but I still like to see the pictures). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 25, 2018

      Hi Tani, thank you for sharing that feedback! I’m so glad you enjoy the step by step photos! I will definitely keep that in mind in the future 🙂 Reply

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