Mini Shrimp Parmesan Appetizers

As we all know during the holidays everyday life can get quite hectic.  From cooking and baking, holiday events and festivities, holiday decorating, shopping, and wrapping presents anything I can do to make my life easier is always a huge help.  It should not have to be complex when it comes to making appetizers because my time and efforts should be saved for the main courses and desserts.

I found these Gorton’s Frozen, Breaded Butterfly Shrimp at my local Target and whipped up these mini Shrimp Parmesan bites!  They were a huge hit with the family and I surely will be making them more often! Perfect for a simple and tasty appetizer at my next holiday gathering or get together.  Appetizers should not be complicated, these were made with just a few simple ingredients and took me less than 30 minutes to make. 

The only ingredients I used were:

. Gorton’s Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp.

. Tomato Sauce canned or jarred with no added sugar.

. Mozzarella Cheese deli slices which I find easier to work with instead of shredded mozzarella because it stays put.

I also used shredded Parmesan cheese & Italian seasoning for some extra flavor but totally optional.

It does not get much simpler than that!

Gorton’s Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp are a great freezer staple and preserved for freshness for whenever I need them as well as customizable. They are not only good as an appetizer, but also great for a quick afterschool snack for the kids. I also like to sometimes incorporate them into a meal or just to munch on during family movie night.

Gorton’s shrimp are a good source of protein, rich in vitamins and minerals, non-GMO, and immunity boosting.

With a fresh taste and a quick cook time, Gorton’s shrimp is an easy way to incorporate more seafood into my diet.


18 Gorton’s Frozen, Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

1 cup tomato sauce (canned or jarred)

2 slices deli Mozzarella Cheese


Preheat oven to 425 F.  Place the Gorton’s Frozen, Breaded Butterfly Shrimp at least one inch apart on a sheet pan. Bake in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes until the shrimp are lightly crispy and golden. Note: you can also air-fry the shrimp if preferred set to 400 for 10-12 minutes but I find it’s much easier to use the oven for this recipe. While the shrimp are cooking cut each slice of mozzarella into 4 squares then cut each square in half into small triangles. Once the shrimp are cooked remove from the oven and set the oven to broil. Top each shrimp with a teaspoon of tomato sauce. Sprinkle on some Italian seasoning and shredded parmesan if desired then top each prepared shrimp with a mozzarella triangle. Place the shrimp back into the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.  Immediately remove from oven and serve immediately. Each 18 x 13 baking sheet makes approximately 16 Mini Shrimp Parmesans.   

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