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
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.
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.
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.