Stuffed Shrimp

Stuffed shrimp is the perfect holiday appetizer. It is tasty, beautiful, and easy to make. If you are looking for an appetizer idea that will blow every away, I recommend this dish. You can make it your own!

Ready to jazz up your seafood routine? Picture this: shrimp, seasoned just right with olive oil, paprika, Old Bay, garlic powder, onion powder, herbs, and pepper. Now, the fun part—mixing up an amazing filling. Think crab, spinach, artichokes, mayo, breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, and more herbs. Stuff those seasoned shrimp with this delicious filling, pop ’em in the oven, and get ready to impress!

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What is stuffed shrimp?

Stuffed shrimp is a seafood dish where large shrimp that are butterflied and filled with a flavorful stuffing. The stuffing can vary widely and often includes a combination of breadcrumbs, herbs, garlic, and sometimes crabmeat or cheese. Once prepared, the stuffed shrimp are usually baked then broiled until the shrimp are cooked through and the stuffing is golden brown, resulting in a deliciously savory and satisfying special seafood dish.

Why everyone loves this recipe Stuffed Shrimp

  • Irresistible Flavor– Stuffed shrimp is a crowd pleaser because the flavors are unique and irresistible.
  • Perfect for Crowds– Stuffed shrimp’s easy-to-handle, bite-sized nature makes it the perfect addition to any crowd-filled event. Whether you’re hosting a party or attending a potluck, these delectable morsels are not just a treat for the taste buds but also a hassle-free delight that keeps the socializing going.
  • Versatile-Get creative in the kitchen by making stuffed shrimp your own culinary canvas. Experiment with diverse fillings, spices, and dipping sauces to tailor this seafood sensation to your unique taste, turning every bite into a personalized flavor adventure.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Shrimp
  • Crab Meat (Optional)
  • Spinach
  • Artichoke
  • Mayo
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Lemon
  • Butter
  • Spices
  • Cheese

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Substitutions & Recipe Variations

  • Make it Keto- No breadcrumbs, No Problem! Skip the breadcrumbs in this recipe and make it 100% keto free!
  • Make it without Mayo- Not a Mayo fan? No problem! Use sour cream or even cream cheese for your binder.?
  • Make it Cajun- Love Cajun spice flair? Add some cajun seasoning to your mixture to really give it a kick!

FAQ for Stuffed Shrimp

  1. Can I prep this recipe ahead of time?

YES! This is one of my favorite recipes ever because you can prep it the day before and bake off the day of!

2. What size shrimp do you use?

I prefer to use larger shrimp for this recipe. If it is in the budget, I recommend 16-20 shrimp, 21-25 shrimp are also great!

3. I’m allergic to shrimp! Can I use this filling for any other recipes?

Yes! This filling is perfect for any seafood protein, I love to add it on shrimp too!

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Stuffed Shrimp

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6


For the shrimp

  • 2 lbs shrimp
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp old bay
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs  
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For the filling

  • 8 oz lump or claw crab meat optional
  • 1 cup cooked spinach strained & chopped
  • 6 oz chopped artichokes strained & chopped
  • 1 cup mayo you can also use sour cream or cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 
  • 8 oz cheese I used mozzarella and pepperjack
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp dried herbs 
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • zest of lemon

For the Garlic Butter Dill Sauce

  • 4 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsps minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh dill chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Season the deveined, butterflied shrimp with a mix of olive oil, smoked paprika, Old Bay, garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs, and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, create the filling by combining lump or claw crab meat (optional), cooked and strained spinach, chopped artichokes, mayo, breadcrumbs, cheese of choice, minced garlic, garlic powder, dried herbs, and garlic salt.
  • Fill each butterflied shrimp with the prepared stuffing mixture.
  • Bake until the shrimp are cooked through and the stuffing is golden and bubbly.
  • Serve and savor the deliciousness of your homemade stuffed shrimp!
Keyword Easy Recipes, easy cornbread, coconut shrimp, Seafood

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Recipe Rating


  1. JeNi December 2, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    I haven’t tried this yet but I plan on making this as a part of my Christmas meal. I can’t wait.

  2. Frank Enderle December 8, 2023 at 1:07 am

    5 stars
    Wow… looks awesome, i need to try this!!

  3. J December 15, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you!!!!!

  4. Lex December 17, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was SO GOOD! My husband and I enjoyed it very much. I also made some pasta tossed in herbed goat cheese to accompany the stuffed shrimp. This recipe will be in rotation for sure. Thanks, Toni!

  5. Mrs.Rodriguez😍 January 1, 2024 at 11:10 am

    5 stars
    I’m making fort my future husband 😍 thanks luv

  6. Gissele January 4, 2024 at 11:01 am

    5 stars
    This was delicious. I used less mayo than recommended. 1/2 c was enough. Did not add the dill at the end.

  7. Kristina January 20, 2024 at 9:05 pm

    5 stars
    It was delicious. I did not even use any cheese and it was still very very good!

  8. Destiny Martinez February 2, 2024 at 10:23 pm

    5 stars
    I made this, they are delicious and very visually appealing!! Great job on everything! 🙂

  9. Maria February 4, 2024 at 6:17 pm

    5 stars
    I made this recipe for New Years Eve and it was a huge hit. The flavors are perfect and the end result couldn’t be more delicious. Easy to follow recipe and instructions. Thank you! Definitely will be making again.

  10. Heather S February 4, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    5 stars
    Literally so good!!! I used Fresh spinach and cooked it with some shallots but pretty much did everything else the recipe require but girl!! *chef’s kiss to Toni because this recipe was living rent free in my head and I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I made it. Will absolutely do it again!

  11. Steven Sullivan March 26, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    5 stars
    These shrimp are absolutely amazing, and so easy! The recipe walkthrough by Toni is very simple to follow. I used wild Patagonian pink shrimp because of their size and ease of prep, not to mention a bit of sweetness. 1/2-1/2 mozzarella-pepper jack is a very tasty combination.

    Overall I am addicted and the family thoroughly enjoys. Thank you Toni!

  12. La Verne May 9, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic! I will be making this for our up coming anniversary. I don’t have or use garlic salt as we limit the use of salt in our food. How should I substitute it?

    1. Toni Chapman May 11, 2024 at 8:23 am

      just use regular kosher salt, or salt to taste

  13. Brittany English June 12, 2024 at 10:45 pm

    Excited to try this recipe!
    Just wondering, could you use a spinach artichoke dip (premade) instead of the mayo-spinach-artichokes?