Cheesy baked tiger shrimp are the best make ahead appetizer! Plump, juicy shrimp are topped with cheese and baked to melty perfection. 

Baked cheesy shrimp

Are you looking for an appetizer that will “wow” and impress your guests? Look no further than these cheesy baked tiger shrimps. Bust out a beautiful platter and be prepared to watch them get gobbled up! 

In just 20 minutes, cheesy baked shrimp comes together in a cinch. Just be sure to serve the dip while it’s piping hot! 

What Kind of Cheese Goes Well with Shrimp?

For this recipe, I typically use a mozzarella cheese blend. However, feel free to use whatever cheese you fancy most. I have experimented with everything from cheddar, Mexican cheese, goat cheese to bleu cheese and beyond! 

What Does it Mean to Butterfly Shrimp?

For this recipe you will need to butterfly the shrimp. But what does that actually mean? Follow these simple instructions: 

  1. Remove the shell from the shrimp without removing the tail. (This is totally optional)
  2. Insert the knife three-quarters of the way into the shrimp near the head and cut nearly all the way down the shrimp’s back just before the tail. Remove the vein with your knife. 
  3. Using your hands, open the shrimp flesh until it lays flat. 
Butterflied shrimp on a baking sheet

Tiger Shrimp are Your Best Bet

Tiger shrimp are your best bet because they are large and they have a ton of flesh. This makes them easier to butterfly and sturdy enough to hold the weight of the filling. 

How to Make Cheesy Baked Shrimp

Follow these step-by-step instructions to get perfect shrimp on the table with no fuss: 

  1. Rinse your shrimp under cool water and pat them dry with a paper towel. 
  2. Butterfly your shrimp. Place them on a baking sheet. 
  3. Apply a thin layer of mayonnaise to your shrimp, then a sprinkle of parsley salt and a small handful of cheese. 
  4. Bake them at 400 ℉ for up to 12 minutes. Check your shrimps around 10 minutes to make sure they have turned pink (the main sign they are all done!).
butterflied shrimp with cheese on top

Other Seafood Favorites 

  • Creamy Shrimp Scampi – Every seafood lover knows shrimp scampi. A buttery, rich sauce covers plump shrimp in this classic steakhouse dish. 
  • Baked Cod – Baked cod is light, flaky and moist! Turn this cheap cut of fish into something fancy with this recipe. 
  • Air Fryer Salmon – Salmon is made perfectly crispy with the air fryer.
  • Air Fryer Cod – In the mood for fish and chips? Make this air fryer version with a fraction of the calories and none of the guilt!

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.