5 Ways Frozen Shrimp Are Your Secret Weapon for Holiday Parties

Versatile, convenient frozen shrimp are quick to cook (and even quicker to be devoured).
By: Carlene Thomas R.D.N., L.D.
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Thaw-Inspiring Frozen Shrimp Appetizers

A freezer with a stockpile of frozen shrimp is one that's well-prepared for the impending rush of holiday revelers. Once you defrost them (either by thawing them overnight in the fridge or by running them under cold water), and then peel and devein them, plump shrimp are downright effortless to cook. Skip the ubiquitous shrimp-cocktail ring and turn a pound of frozen shrimp into any one of these snackable, quick-to-cook bites for a crowd.

Crispy Coconut Shrimp

Sure, it might be frosty outside, but one bite of these crunchy coconut-covered morsels will transport you to a warmer place. Simply coat shrimp in breadcrumbs and shredded coconut before baking until crisp.

Fork-Free Shrimp Skewers

If your fridge door looks anything like ours, it's filled with bottles and jars of sauces, marinades and more. Pull out your favorite one to add easy flavor to shrimp on a stick. Thread several shrimp onto a skewer and bake or grill for a fuss-free favorite — no fork or plate necessary.

Mini Shrimp Rolls

Tuna, egg and chicken salad sandwiches are classic lunch fare, but if you’re looking for something fancier, start with shrimp. Add cooked, chopped shrimp to a mix of mayonnaise, lemon and chives before serving in plush, warm potato rolls. Keep the rolls connected to easily transfer them from pan to platter.

Hot Dip with Shrimp

Add a little something extra to a dip that's headed for the oven by mixing chopped raw shrimp with garlic, mayonnaise, shredded cheese and spices. Once baked, the morsels of tender shrimp bring substance to the cheesy, creamy appetizer, which is best slathered over a slice of crusty bread.

Avocado Shrimp Cocktail

Fill avocado halves with cooked, chopped shrimp and veggies (or fruit!) with herbs for a lighter appetizer option that nixes the need for serving plates. Serve it with classic shrimp cocktail sauce, or make your own fresh lime dressing.

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