Hot Seafood Appetizers (VIDEO)

The recipe for these canapes (open-faced sandwiches) is pretty remarkable.  Hot Seafood Appetizers with crab, shrimp, tomatoes, cheese and a hint of jalapeno. The seafood mixture added to french bread is amazing when toasted to crispy perfection.

Everyone will want the recipe at your next party!

Three hot seafood appetizers on a tray.

Hot Seafood Appetizers-

Oh, how I love canapés as an appetizer. They are great for parties or just to enjoy as a side or brunch. These have such a wonderful balance with the cheese, crab, shrimp, and jalapenos which adds great flavor. Once baked the bread gets crunchy and everything is so creamy it just melts in your mouth, a wonderful experience I tell you.

(P.S. This is an older recipe I created a video for.. Hope you are enjoying our short videos.)

Step by step pictures on how to make hot seafood canapes.

How to make Seafood Appetizers-

  • Slice french bread.
  • Combine all of the ingredients for the seafood appetizer mixture in a bowl.
  • Spread the mixture onto the bread slices.
  • Bake until bread is crispy and the cheese and mixture is fully cooked.

Seafood canapes on a baking sheet ready to bake.

Can I make seafood appetizers in advance?

These canapes (open-faced sandwiches) are wonderful to prepare in advance.  Slice the bread even up to one day in advance if you are making these for a party.  Prepare the mixture and keep covered and refrigerate, then, just mix before baking.

I like to make a recipe and have these for my husband for breakfast for a few days. They are easy to make in the morning when you are pressed for time. The mixed mixture will keep refrigerated up to 3 days.

Can I freeze the leftover seafood mixture?

Yes! The mixture freezes great. Just partially thaw the frozen mixture before baking and add 2-3 minutes to cook time to the original bake time.

A seafood appetizer bitten into being held up close.

If you make these Seafood Appetizers, don’t forget to share and tag us on social media. We love to see your creations. #ValentinasCorner

Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes

Hot Seafood Appetizers

Canapes (open-faced sandwich) recipe with crab, seafood, and cheese. Toasted and served as side or appetizer. So GOOD!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot Seafood Appetizers
Servings: 24 canapes
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 4 oz crab meat
  • 1 cup chopped ready shrimp
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 2 Tbsp scallions (or green onion)
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp dill
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • Dash of salt, pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 1 french bread loaf


  • Slice French bread into about 22-24 slices.
  • Chop crab meat, shrimp, jalapeno, scallion, tomatoes, and dill. (Be sure to chop jalapeno into really small pieces.)
  • In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, mayo, Parmesan cheese, shredded cheese, and seasonings. (Add cayenne to taste. I really like food with a kick to it so I add some cayenne pepper to the tops of the canapés as well.
  • Combine all of the ingredients.
  • Spread over the bread slices.
  • Bake in preheated oven to 365°F about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Seafood Appetizers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 34 Comments
  • Sara Lucenti 12/24/2019, 3:29 pm Link Reply

    Are the shrimps already cooked

    • Valentina's Corner 12/24/2019, 4:04 pm Link Reply

      Yes, Sara. The shrimps are cooked.

  • Melissa Louckes 12/02/2019, 3:27 pm Link Reply

    We made these for a belated Thanksgiving and they were the hit of the dinner! Easy to make and very tasty! I’m making them again for a party in a few days.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/02/2019, 8:32 pm Link Reply

      That’s so awesome, Melissa. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you had a lovely time together.
      I love recipes like this, especially since I can make it in advance.

  • Rosalyn 12/01/2019, 10:52 am Link Reply

    Hi my sister is allergic to shrimp. What other kinds of fish besides crab meat can I use to make these ? Thank you, Rosalyn

    • Valentina's Corner 12/01/2019, 5:43 pm Link Reply

      Shrimp is a main ingredient in these and I wouldn’t recommend using a different fish. However, THESE and THESE canapes are just as popular and delicious.

  • Ellen A. 12/30/2018, 4:25 pm Link Reply

    Served these tonight with a couple of other “American” appetizers at a small party in Paris. Our French friends liked them very much. Thank you for such a clever, easy and flavorful recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/31/2018, 1:49 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for visiting our online home all the way from Paris, Ellen! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed this seafood appetizer. It’s the perfect treat for any party. Stop by and visit our online home again.

  • Richa Gupta 03/02/2018, 9:00 pm Link Reply

    Wow this looks incredible, perfect appetizer idea!

    • admin 03/03/2018, 11:17 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Richa! 🙂 I agree, great appetizer for any party.

  • Hadia 03/01/2018, 5:21 pm Link Reply

    These are great for entertaining! Will have to make them on our upcoming party! Thank you for sharing!

    • admin 03/02/2018, 1:33 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Hadia! These are amazingly delicious.

  • Caroline 03/10/2017, 12:16 pm Link Reply

    I am making these at work and we do not have an oven so I was thinking of putting it in a small crock pot to keep it hot. Do you think this would work?

    • admin 03/10/2017, 1:22 pm Link Reply

      Hi Caroline,
      I have never tried it that way, but I am sure that would work. All that needs to happen is that the mixture becomes really warm. If you have a toaster there, you could also toast the bread slices so they become slightly crunchy or you could even serve them without toasting. Hope the slow cooker works out and you get a ton of raves!. 🙂

    • Mary Jo 02/01/2018, 10:20 pm Link Reply

      I mixed everything up, put in to the crock pot on low and it was amazing.

      • admin 02/02/2018, 11:02 am Link

        That is pure genius, Mary Jo. Now you’ve inspired me to make this for the big game! 🙂

  • Rose Smith 02/19/2017, 4:52 am Link Reply

    1 cup of shredded cheese. What kind can I use? I would like to stuff avocado halfs with this mixture.

    • admin 02/19/2017, 10:49 am Link Reply

      You can use any cheese you like, Rose. Mozzarella is great, four cheese or provolone. Stuffed avocado halves sounds fantastic! I’d love to hear how they turned out. Enjoy.

  • Isabelle Lapointe 12/24/2016, 2:35 pm Link Reply

    I made this for our Christmas appetizer and everyone loves it! I used good quality canned crabmeat and Nordic shrimp. Delicious!

    • admin 12/24/2016, 3:34 pm Link Reply

      Isabelle, you got me at ‘good quality’?… I bet it was delicious. Merry Christmas. Thank you for sharing….

  • Christina 12/15/2016, 5:54 am Link Reply

    What is ready shrimped? I have googled it but nothing came up….

    • admin 12/15/2016, 11:12 am Link Reply

      Hi Christina, I’m sorry, I probably worded that wrong. Cooked shrimp that is ready to eat, not raw..☺☺ You’re in for a treat. These are soooo good…

      • Christina 12/16/2016, 6:37 pm Link

        Thanks for the prompt reply. This is Christmas appetizer – so excited looks yummy!

      • admin 12/17/2016, 12:52 am Link

        ☺☺☺☺ Have a Wonderful and Blessed time…. ????

  • Inna 11/27/2016, 8:20 pm Link Reply

    Hello Valentina! ?we came from church today and dinner was on the table within 20 min, since I prepped everything yesterday but kids also asked for canapes I looked in the fridge and after spotting crab meat and shrimp I remembered that my favorite blogger loves canapes more than anything ? so I came here and found this recipe, quickly whipped it out…and oh, yuuum! It was super delicious!! ???? thank you for your amazing recipes!

    • admin 11/28/2016, 7:17 pm Link Reply

      Innka, your comment was the highlight of my weekend. Thank you so much! Ha, yes, me and my canapes..?? I’m so glad you tried those, we LOVE them as well☺☺.. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

  • Bertha Navarro 10/23/2016, 9:05 pm Link Reply

    they look really good, I just have one question – what type of Parmesan cheese do you use.

    • admin 10/24/2016, 9:57 am Link Reply

      Thank you Bertha ☺… Grated Parmesan works well. Enjoy..

  • Rae 08/19/2016, 11:53 am Link Reply

    Is Cheyenne Pepper supposed to be Cayenne Pepper?

    • admin 08/19/2016, 11:27 pm Link Reply

      Sure is. Thank you. I’ll fix that typo??….

  • Tatyana 05/26/2016, 9:43 pm Link Reply

    What kind of shredded cheese did u use?

    • admin 05/26/2016, 10:29 pm Link Reply

      You can use any cheese, really. Four cheese, Mexican or Mozzarella. 🙂 🙂

  • Tanya 06/08/2015, 12:52 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valechka! These look and sound absolutely delicious! I do have a question, with Jalap. pepper, do these canapes have a bite or are they spicy? Thank you.

    • admin 06/08/2015, 1:13 pm Link Reply

      Oh they really are good, I think you will like:). If you chop the jalapeños into really small pieces (like as small as you can get them) you won’t be able to feel them, they will just add flavor but not too spicy. Kind of like a little kick to it. If you do want spicy though add more than a dash of Cheyenne pepper:)..

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