Baked Cheese Shrimp topped with cheese and mayo and baked until golden and bubbly are sure to be everyone’s favorite appetizer. They’re so creamy, cheesy, and deliciously addictive, it’s hard to stop at one!
But even with the wonderful variety and choices, there were only two things we always beelined for: King crab legs and baked cheese shrimp! Freshly-cracked crab meat slathered in lemon butter? Woe to my ever-expanding girth. And this succulent shrimp topped with creamy cheese? Nom heaven!
You can pretend you spent all afternoon slaving away in the kitchen when in fact, they took all but 20 minutes to make. Butterflying the shrimp is most of the work involved, and with a good pair of kitchen shears and a sharp knife handy, and you’ll be done in a breeze.
What you’ll need
And not only are these baked cheese shrimp ready in minutes, but they also have a short list of ingredients. Only four things separate you from the yummiest seafood appetizer ever!
- If you’d like to switch up the type of cheese, I recommend Monterey Jack, Mexican blend, or processed filled cheese food (Eden) as they melt quickly and are creamy. DO NOT use mozzarella cheese as it’s very stringy when melted.
- To boost color and flavor, you can add some herbs or spices such as chives, parsley, and garlic (fresh or powder).
- To keep from overcooking the shrimp, bake at a high temperature of 400 F so the cheese will be golden and bubbly by the time the shrimp are perfectly done.
These creamy butterflied shrimp are going to knock your socks off! You’ll be surprised how something so simple can be so good!
I suggest doubling the batch, especially if you’re serving a crowd. Your guests are guaranteed to love the succulent shrimp and the gooey, cheesy topping; they’d be hard-pressed to eat just one.