The Pioneer Woman Tasty Kitchen
Profile photo of cookincanuck

Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Posted by in Step-by-Step Recipes

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

You know when you make a recipe that immediately makes you say, “I have to make this at least once a week”? Well, this is one of those recipes. If you are a fan of shrimp, then this simple Shrimp Martini Appetizer recipe by Tasty Kitchen member 4littlefergusons is a must-try. Not only does it taste good and look pretty (who doesn’t love appetizers presented in martini glasses?), but it’s really easy to put together. Toss the shrimp with cilantro, stuffed olives, tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno and lemon juice, and you’re done. Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom (I like to pretend I still live in New York).

Now, let’s get started.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Here’s everything you will need for this recipe: shrimp, cilantro, tomatoes, pimento-stuffed olives (the little guys), a jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt and lemon juice.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Set a medium saucepan of water over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute.

Do everything in your power to avoid overcooking the shrimp. Overcooking + shrimp = rubbery mess. Not good.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Drain the shrimp.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Immediately plunge the shrimp into ice water to stop it from cooking. Aren’t they pretty in pink?

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

In a medium-sized bowl, combine chopped cilantro …

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Seeded and diced tomatoes …

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Chopped stuffed olives (the little ones) …

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper …

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Garlic and salt.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Squeeze in fresh lemon juice. You’re almost there.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Add the cooked shrimp and give everything a gentle stir.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Shrimp Martini Appetizers

Garnish with extra olives, serve and dive in.

Thanks so much to 4littlefergusons for this great recipe. I will be making this for a quick lunch or serving it to guests as an impressive but easy appetizer. Be sure to check out the blog 4 Little Fergusons, where adorable Tonya talks about her life with four little ones and posts recipes as tempting as this one.


Printable Recipe

Shrimp Martini Appetizers

0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4


Print Options

Page size Letter 3x5 4x6
Text Size Small Medium Large
Content Include description
Include prep time, etc.
Show image


These appetizers are DIVINE and just gorgeous to look at!


  • ½ pounds Shrimp, Peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 whole Plum Tomatoes, Seeded And Chopped
  • 8 whole Pimento-stuffed Spanish Olives, Coarsely Chopped, Plus More Left Whole For Garnish
  • 1 whole Jalapeno Pepper, Seeded And Minced
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice (from About 1/2 Lemon)

Preparation Instructions

Cook shrimp in boiling water until it turns pink. Drain. Place shrimp in ice water until chilled; drain again.

In a small bowl combine cilantro, tomatoes, olives, jalapeno, garlic and salt. Squeeze lemon juice over all and stir.

Add shrimp and toss gently. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time. Spoon shrimp mixture into 4 martini glasses, garnish with a toothpick of Spanish olives.


Dara Michalski is a doll and a sweetheart who clearly knows her way around the kitchen. She blogs at Cookin’ Canuck, where she shares her flavor-packed recipes and fun, engaging writing. The photography’s pretty incredible, too.



Comments are closed for this recipe.

Profile photo of Sweet Savory Living

Sweet Savory Living on 3.21.2012

This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it. I second the motion for cooking them in heavy salted water.

Profile photo of The Church Cook (Kay Heritage)

The Church Cook (Kay Heritage) on 3.15.2012

What fabulous recipe! And Dara, your photography is just so beautiful! Great job, ladies!

Nina on 3.15.2012

Oh.. now I KNOW what I am going to do with some of those delicious shrimp we brought back from Florida. We had them on a pizza with bacon last night.. mmmm. But the combination of Olives, Jalepenos and shrimp.. sounds great and diet right:) 10 thumbs up.

Courtney on 3.14.2012

You’d think me being pregnant I’d want a handful of cookies, instead I’d love a half a dozen glasses of these Shrimp Martinis! :)

Lois Schultz on 3.14.2012

Oh my I want !! yepp I’m putting these on my summer to do list !

ReneeMK on 3.14.2012

Yum! I’m pretty sure I’m in love.

Ozgirl on 3.14.2012

Looks great,

Can I just suggest though cooking the shrimp in heavily salted water. Some purest even say cook them in sea water (its how they cook them out out sea before bring them in to shore to be be sold as “Cooked Shirmp”

Profile photo of

on 3.14.2012

This looks fabulous! I’m going to try it!

Tonya in Central Florida on 3.14.2012

This looks awesome and since I live in Florida, I can get really good fresh shrimp here. I bet it would be pretty good too if you used jumbo shrimp, sliced them along the back and stuffed them with the cilantro/tomato mixture, then wrapped them with either bacon or priscuto (sp). Prob priscutto since it seems to be a more Italian/Medditerranean type dish.

Might have to make that this weekend!

Natasha D. on 3.14.2012

These sound and look so good! I love shrimp.

Patti on 3.14.2012

This would be super with a splash of pepper vodka.

    Profile photo of cookincanuck

    cookincanuck on 3.14.2012

    Ooo, great idea, Patti. I’m going to try that.

Profile photo of cookincanuck

cookincanuck on 3.14.2012

My pleasure, Tonya. This recipe was truly awesome and I will be making it over and over again.

Tonya on 3.14.2012

A big HUGE thank you to Cookin’ Canuck for featuring this recipe! :)

Profile photo of mignon

mignon on 3.14.2012

It’s early but I don’t care…I want this for breakfast!

Claudia McRay on 3.14.2012

Yum. Looks delish! Could curl up with one of those and watch Justified. Love that show!

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh on 3.14.2012

This looks wonderful. I seriously need to learn how to cook shrimp properly, mine never look that awesome!

Travis Cotton on 3.14.2012

Interesting. Like a ceviche or sorts. Ill have to try this.

Yogamama on 3.14.2012

Not only looks yummy but elegant as well. A perfect summer entertaining appetizer!