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.
  • Then 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.

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Hot Seafood Appetizers

Author: Valentina
5 from 7 votes
Canapes (open-faced sandwich) recipe with crab, seafood, and cheese. Toasted and served as side or appetizer. So GOOD!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 canapes


  • 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.


112kcal Calories9g Carbs5g Protein5g Fat2g Saturated Fat26mg Cholesterol241mg Sodium54mg Potassium135IU Vitamin A2.3mg Vitamin C53mg Calcium0.8mg Iron
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.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)