These Baked Buffalo Shrimp are a quick and easy shrimp appetizer that’s perfect for holiday parties, game days or even a light dinner!
We’re entering the time of the year for party appetizers. Between game days and the holidays, it seems there’s always an occasion I’m making asked to make something for. We even host a few parties at our home. While I love to make sophisticated and sometimes complicated appetizers, the truth is that I often just don’t have time with kids constantly running underfoot. I’m sure all other moms with young children can relate.
But, I’m discovering that easy appetizer recipes can be just as satisfying as those that hours to prepare and there’s no shame in taking a shortcut or two, as long as it doesn’t compromise the flavor.
These Baked Buffalo Shrimp are one of those easy appetizer recipes and though there are only 4 ingredients, they definitely don’t any sacrifice flavor.
To keep things as easy as possible, these Baked Buffalo Shrimp actually start with frozen breaded butterfly shrimp. If you’re feeling super ambitious, you could certainly use fresh or frozen shrimp and bread them yourself but I find being the pre-breaded shrimp saves me not only time but also money. Why add extra steps if don’t need to?
Since the shrimp is precooked, the preparation is simple – just bake according to the instructions on the box and then toss with the buffalo sauce mixture. To make the buffalo sauce mixture, you can use your favorite buffalo sauce (I always use Frank’s Red Hot), melted butter (unsalted because the breading already has plenty of salt), and honey. The honey helps mellow out the buffalo flavor making this Baked Buffalo Shrimp recipe more of a mild buffalo than a spicy hot. You can adjust the spicy-ness to your liking by using more or less honey or hot sauce. Even though I love spicy hot, I like to keep things a bit milder when serving these to a crowd.
Baked Buffalo Shrimp are always a hit on game day. They disappear almost as fast as the chicken wings and I’m often asked for my buffalo shrimp recipe. No one ever believes that I make it using frozen shrimp! I also plan on making these for some upcoming holiday parties, between Christmas and New Year. I definitely foresee them being a hit then as well!
You can also get creative with what you do with these Baked Buffalo Shrimp. While they work great on their own as an easy shrimp appetizer, you can also use them as an ingredient in other recipes, like a delicious and healthy buffalo shrimp salad or pile them on a hoagie bun or in a wrap with some lettuce, tomato and ranch (or blue cheese) for a quick and easy but flavorful lunch. If you take this route, just be sure to pull the tails off before adding the buffalo shrimp to your lunch…trust me, a shrimp tail is not something you want to find in the middle of your sandwich. (Yes, I learned that lesson the hard way…oops.)
Whether you serve Baked Buffalo Shrimp as an easy shrimp appetizer or add them to your lunch, this buffalo shrimp recipe packs so much flavor in just a few ingredients. You’ll want to make it over and over!
How To Bake Buffalo Shrimp:
Prepare the frozen breaded butterfly shrimp according to package instructions.
In a separate sauce pan, mix together buffalo sauce, melted butter and honey.
Toss shrimp in buffalo sauce mixture.
Serve hot with blue cheese or ranch dressing.
These Baked Buffalo Shrimp are a quick and easy shrimp appetizer that's perfect for holiday parties, game days or even a light dinner!
- 18-24 oz. Frozen breaded butterfly shrimp
- ¼ c. Melted butter unsalted
- ½ c. Buffalo sauce of your choice
- 1 ½ tbsp. Honey
Begin by baking the butterfly shrimp according to the package instructions.
Let cool for a few minutes once they have finished baking.
In a mixing bowl, combine the buffalo sauce, melted butter and honey, stir until well combined.
Toss the cooked shrimp in the buffalo sauce mixture, and serve immediately with carrot and celery sticks as well as your favorite Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing for dipping.
- 295 Calories