This recipe for Cheesy Creole Shrimp Toast checks all of the boxes; it’s quick and easy to make, it can be made ahead of time, and best of all, it tastes incredible. These bite-size appetizers made with cooked shrimp on toasted baguette slices will be the hit of any party.
These delectable bites of heaven are so good; they will fairly fly off the plate and take less than 15 minutes to prepare.
This recipe was inspired by Chinese shrimp toast appetizers I had at a party. If you know me, I love shrimp, appetizers and finger foods, and all things cheese. After just one taste, I was smitten, and I spent the next day coming up with this version of easy baked shrimp toast.
As good as the authentic shrimp toast recipe was, this recipe utilizes some shortcuts, and best of all, it can be made in half the time, plus it still captures that delicious shrimp essence.
Here’s what’s in it:
- Toast: this easy recipe for baked shrimp toast uses either premade and purchased toasted french bread rounds or toasted baguette slices.
- Shrimp: you can purchase it already cooked and seasoned from your favorite grocery or seafood store, or you can roast your own using my easy 10 Minute Roasted Shrimp recipe.
- Creole seasoning: makes this tasty recipe for shrimp toast, which is similar to Cajun shrimp toast, but it is not quite as spicy.
- Cheese: two kinds of cheese, parmesan and mozzarella, come together to make this delicious cheesy appetizer. The parmesan cheese isn’t pictured in the image above.
- Mayonnaise and sour cream: bind everything together and add creamy, tangy deliciousness to the topping.
- Spices and seasonings: onion powder, dried thyme, kosher salt, and pepper round everything out and enhance the flavors in this recipe.
Here’s how to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Dice the shrimp into small bite-size pieces.
- Add the shrimp, mayonnaise, sour cream, mozzarella, parmesan, thyme, salt, pepper, onion powder, and one teaspoon of the creole seasoning to a large bowl and mix well.
- Place the toasted rounds on a baking sheet and top each with a spoonful of the topping mixture.
- Sprinkle with a pinch of creole seasoning. Bake for six to eight minutes, or until the cheese melts and the topping is lightly browned. Serve immediately.
- To make this dish ahead, you can prepare the topping up to 48 hours beforehand. Keep it covered and in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.
- While this appetizer is best served warm, it is fine to serve it at room temperature.
- This appetizer is about six or seven on a scale of one to ten on the spicy scale. If you would like to dial back the heat, reduce the amount of creole seasoning, and do not add it to the top before baking.
- You can buy frozen cooked shrimp, and they should do fine in this recipe. Just be sure to dry them off before adding them to the topping mixture. I have never tried canned and don’t know how they would work.
If you love seafood as much as I do, you might also want to try these popular dishes:
- Easy Crispy Pan-Fried Shrimp,
- Roasted Shrimp Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette,
- Southern BBQ Shrimp and Cheese Grits,
- Southern Shrimp and Corn Fritters,
- Shrimp and Blue Cheese Pasta,
- Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and
- The Best Crispy Buffalo Shrimp.
Do you need more menu ideas? Check out all of my seafood recipes here!
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Shrimp Toast Recipe
- 1 pound fresh shrimp cooked, peeled, deveined, and tails removed,
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried ground thyme
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning divided (I used Zatarain's)
- 7 ounces package toasted French bread rounds about 24
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Dice the shrimp into bite-size pieces.
- Add the shrimp, mayonnaise, sour cream, mozzarella, parmesan, thyme, salt, pepper, onion powder, and one teaspoon of the creole seasoning to a large bowl. Mix well.
- Place the toasted rounds on a baking sheet and top each with a spoonful of the topping. Sprinkle with a pinch of creole seasoning and bake for six to eight minutes, or until the cheese melts and topping is lightly browned.
- Serve immediately or at room temperature.
**This recipe was originally published on December 20, 2017. It was republished on December 12, 2020, with new photos, expanded directions, and tips.