Easy Entertaining Party Recipes: Canapes with Shrimp, Cream Cheese, and Cucumber two ways, plus a bonus vegetarian version! Recipes and more on UrbanBlissLife.com
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Shrimp and Cucumber Canapés AND Shrimp & Cream Cheese Cucumber Cups

Slices of cucumber are topped with a small dollop of herbed cream cheese and marinated shrimp
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Author: Marlynn Schotland, Urban Bliss Life


For Shrimp & Cucumber Coins

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 large cucumber peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup herb cream cheese commonly found as chive cream cheese; use dairy or non-dairy
  • 24 medium pre-cooked shrimp deveined and tails off

For Shrimp & Cucumber Cups

  • 2 large cucumbers peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups herb cream cheese
  • 1/2 pound of pre-cooked bay shrimp
  • 2 green onion stalks sliced into 1/2-inch pieces


To Make Shrimp & Cucumber Coins

  • In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro.
  • Add shrimp and mix together until shrimp is coated with the marinade; refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
  • Lay out cucumber slices - the cucumber "coins" - onto a serving tray in a single layer.
  • Place cream cheese into a plastic Ziplock bag with one corner cut. You can also use a fancy icing piper for this to create a pretty pattern.
  • Gently squeeze out about a tablespoon full of the herb cream cheese onto each cucumber coin.
  • Top with one medium pre-marinated shrimp.
  • Serve immediately.

To Make Shrimp & Cucumber Cup Canapés

  • Using a melon baller or small spoon, carefully scoop out the center of each cucumber piece, taking care not to scoop through to the bottom.
  • Place cream cheese into a pastry bag with fancy piping tip or into a ziplock bag with a corner cut out. Fill each cucumber cup with cream cheese, just past the top of each slice.
  • Top each filled cucumber cup with 1-3 bay shrimp and one green onion piece.
  • Serve immediately.


Option #1: Makes approximately 20-24 individual canapés
You can use frozen pre-cooked shrimp that is thawed, buy pre-cooked shrimp from your grocery store's meat & seafood department the day you are serving this, or you can even buy pre-cooked, pre-marinated shrimp at the grocery store. I love the lime garlic shrimp at the Costco deli!
Option #2: Makes approximately 15-20 individual canapés.
You can usually find pre-cooked bay shrimp in your grocery store's seafood department. You can also use frozen pre-cooked bay shrimp instead; just make sure you thaw it out accordingly before serving.