For your next gathering, make this deliciously buttery and super easy seafood spread served atop crusty bread.
One of the favorite appetizer recipes I have created recently is this shrimp and crab spread to serve over a crusty baguette. It is SO delicious, so easy to make, and looks impressive. The creamy, savory seafood spread made with chunks of shrimp and lump crab meat is spread over sliced baguettes and toasted in the oven for a few minutes to melt together the seafood spread and crisp up the baguette slices.
Step by Step Guide to Making Shrimp and Crab Crostini
Start by setting your oven to 425°F to preheat.
Prepare the Shrimp:
In a mixing bowl, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the shrimp. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until they turn opaque and are fully cooked. Remove from the skillet and let them cool.
Once cooled, chop the shrimp into small bite-sized pieces.
Prepare the Spread:
- Soften the Cream Cheese: In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese for about 40 seconds or until it’s softened but not entirely melted.
- Mix the Ingredients: To the softened cream cheese, add the grated Parmesan, drained crab meat, finely grated garlic, chopped parsley, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using). Stir until combined.
- Add the Shrimp: Fold in the chopped shrimp into the mix, ensuring they’re evenly distributed.
Prepare the Baguette:
Slice your baguette into 3/4-inch thick slices.
Assemble the Crostini:
Generously top each baguette slice with about 1-2 tablespoons of the seafood spread. The exact amount will depend on the size of your slices.
Place the assembled crostini on a baking tray. Bake in your preheated oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the baguette slices are toasted golden and the seafood spread is bubbly and slightly browned.
Garnish and Serve:
Optionally, sprinkle some more chopped parsley on top for added color. Serve warm and enjoy.
Kate is a scientist by day, food blogger by night. Living in New Jersey and dreaming of mountains. When she is not cooking, she spends her time reading, yoga-ing, hiking, taking pictures, and snuggling with her cats and/or fiance.