Cheesy Garlic Shrimp Appetizer

Mmmm a butterflied garlic shrimp appetizer with a crown of melty cheese. These are a shrimp-lovers dream! They look fancy, but truly this is one of the simplest shrimp appetizers you can make and it’s absolutely delicious.

This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

These FLY OFF THE PLATE so if you’re making them for a crowd, go ahead and make a double batch! This cheesy shrimp appetizer is great even when the shrimp have cooled to room temperature – perfect for a party!!

The original idea for these cheesy shrimp bites came from my friend Natasha of Mom’s Dish. Natasha is an amazing cook and sweet friend who I met through blogging.

This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Cheesy Garlic Shrimp Appetizer:

1 lb (20-25 count) large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails on or off)
1/4 to 1/3 cup mayonnaise
Garlic powder, to taste
Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
4 oz Mexican blend shredded cheese
Fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional garnish)

This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make this Cheesy Garlic Shrimp Appetizer:

Preheat Oven to 350˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet (I used this silpat liner).

1. Pat dry peeled and deveined shrimp with paper towels then butterfly shrimp with a sharp paring knife. Cut about halfway into the shrimp along the inside curved center of the shrimp then fan the shrimp open and lay it cut-side-up on a baking sheet. Note: If you’re leaving the tails on, they should be pointing upward. If you’re removing the tails, you can butterfly by slicing along the outside curve of the shrimp. 

2. Use a butter knife or basting brush to spread about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of mayo onto each shrimp. I like it with 1/4 tsp but adding more will give you a little more flavor.

3. Season the shrimp with garlic powder and black pepper.

4. Divide the cheese evenly over the shrimp and bake at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes, depending on size of shrimp. Remember butterflied shrimp cook quickly and if you overcook shrimp, they will toughen so remove 1 shrimp and test for doneness at 10 minutes.

This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

Transfer to a serving platter and enjoy!

This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

Serve these cheesy shrimp with these insanely yummy mashed potatoes!

Cheesy Garlic Shrimp Appetizer

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $13-$15
Servings: 20 -25 count butterflied shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 20-25 count large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails on or off)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Black pepper freshly ground, to taste
  • 4 oz Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • Fresh parsley finely chopped (optional garnish)

Instructions

Prep: Preheat Oven to 350˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet (I used a silpat liner).

  1. Pat dry shrimp with paper towels then butterfly using a sharp paring knife. Cut about halfway into the shrimp along the inside curved center of the shrimp then fan shrimp open and lay it cut-side-up on baking sheet.
  2. Use a butter knife or basting brush to spread 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of mayo onto each shrimp.
  3. Season shrimp with garlic powder and black pepper.
  4. Divide the cheese evenly over the shrimp and bake at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes, depending on size of shrimp. Butterflied shrimp cook quickly and if you overcook shrimp, they will toughen so remove 1 shrimp and test for doneness at 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you're leaving the tails on, they should be pointing upward. If you're removing the tails, you can butterfly by slicing along the outside curve of the shrimp.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

Major cravings looking at these pictures… this calls for another batch! I hope you love this shrimp appetizer. Make it today (then promptly invite me over)! 😉

P.S. You can explore all of our favorite shrimp recipes here.

“This is a fly-off-the-plate cheesy garlic shrimp appetizer and it’s so easy to make! Easy, excellent butterflied shrimp appetizer! | natashaskitchen.com

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Jacquie
    September 5, 2018

    These look great, can’t wait to try them. Keep up the good work, I love getting those emails! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 5, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoy our newsletters, Jacquie! This recipe is so good! Enjoy! Reply

  • Jessica
    July 13, 2017

    Is there any sauce that I could dip these in? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2017

      Hi Jessica, we don’t usually serve them with a dip since they are pretty juicy but great question! Maybe a cocktail sauce might be nice. Or a garlic aioli (like I used here) or sriracha mayo would be good. Reply

  • rita
    May 3, 2017

    We also used to enjoy them at a chineese restaurant until they stopped making them, and when I saw this post I knew it will be on the menu soon! We both really like them! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2017

      You’re welcome Rita! I’m happy to hear you love the recipe! Reply

  • Julia
    January 27, 2017

    Made these today…. SOO good! Butterflying the shrimp was a bit challenging but after the first 7-8, I had it under control lol. My husband and I ate the entire thing between the two of us with a glass of red wine 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2017

      I am so happy to hear you two enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂 Reply

  • Irina Simpson
    December 30, 2016

    Hi Natasha,
    The recipe looks great and easy. Can I used precooked frozen shrimps and maybe just backed for 5 minutes instead of 10. I just have a the whole bag of them. Any suggestions will be appreciated. 🙂
    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 30, 2016

      Hi Irina, it would be really hard to try and butterfly pre-cooked shrimp – they wouldn’t stay open for you to stuff them, which is why I don’t think they would work using pre-cooked shrimp. Reply

  • Inna
    December 28, 2016

    Hi Natasha,
    When I first got married, my husband and I used to go to this one Chinese place and they had these shrimp but then for some reason they stopped serving them. Some time later, when I was pregnant I would crave these shrimp..started looking online for recipes and couldn’t find anything…so I kinda gave up. (Although, I did try to recreate them at home but had no luck) and here 6 years later, I see these mouthwatering pictures!! Yuuuum!! Gotta send my Mr to the store for some shrimp!! Can’t wait to make them!!!😋😋😋😋😋 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2016

      That’s awesome! I hope you love these even more! 🙂 Reply

  • Anna D
    December 28, 2016

    Amazing photos! This is shrimply delicious 😆 mmmm. Mmm. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2016

      Thank you Anna!! More like Amazing Recipe!! Thank you again for sharing this gem of a recipe with us! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2016

      Ha ha!! I just noticed your “shrimply delicious” – lol. Shrimptacular! Reply

      • Anna D
        December 28, 2016

        Hehe 😄 Reply

  • December 28, 2016

    This looks to die for! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2016

      It really is ridiculously amazing!! 🙂 Thanks Sara! 🙂 Reply

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