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Butterflied Shrimp Rockefeller

Looking for an alternative to heavy holiday fare? A platter of these light and fresh shrimp bites really stands out in an appetizer spread. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 18 uncooked jumbo shrimp
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  • Peel and devein shrimp, leaving the tails on. Butterfly each shrimp along the outside curve; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute the shallots, basil, fennel seed and pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute for 1 minute. Add spinach; saute 3-4 minutes longer or until wilted. Remove from the heat; stir in bread crumbs and lemon juice.
  • Arrange shrimp on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spoon 1 tablespoon spinach mixture over each shrimp; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 425° for 4-6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 49 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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