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Southern Shrimp Toast (from Salty Dog)

Shrimp Toast Recipe – Our version of the famous shrimp toast appetizer from The Salty Dog Cafe features tender, spicy shrimp baked with melty cheeses on crunchy bread.

Close view shrimp toast baguette with cheese and parsley.

Why We Love This Recipe

This is an appetizer I first discovered at the popular Hilton Head, South Carolina restaurant called The Salty Dog Café. Classic Southern Shrimp Toast is made with warm, crusty bread covered in spicy shrimp and melted cheese. So there is that perfect balance of crisp, tender, and melty goodness in every bite.

Heaven!

Our copycat shrimp bread recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and is perfect to make for a decadent snack or casual dinner party starter. (How versatile is that?!) But don’t be surprised if everyone asks for more and more of this “appetizer” dish!

Top down two pieces of shrimp bread on a plate.

Ingredients Needed

  • French baguette – or other crusty bread
  • Raw shrimp – any size
  • Olive oil – or any high heat and neutral-flavored oil
  • Cajun seasoning – store bought or homemade
  • Mayonnaise – regular or low fat
  • Parsley – chopped
  • Lemon – zested
  • Garlic powder
  • Shredded cheese blend – like cheddar and Monterey Jack
  • Parmesan cheese – grated
Raw shrimp tossed with seasonings.

How to Make Southern Shrimp Toast with Cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the shrimp on the baking sheet. Drizzle the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Toss well to coat.

Spread the shrimp out in a single layer and roast for 5 to 7 minutes, until pink.

Pro Tip: The shrimp should still be in the shape of Cs, not Os… Remember that O is for overcooked and OH NO!

Oven baked seasoned shrimp on a baking sheet.

If using large shrimp, cut them in halves (or in thirds) then place them in a mixing bowl. If using smaller shrimp, just transfer them to the mixing bowl as-is.

Discard the parchment paper then cut the French baguette in half lengthwise, and through the center, to create four pieces. Place the baguette pieces on the baking sheet cut-side-up.

To the mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, lemon zest, and garlic powder.

Shrimp, mayonnaise, lemon zest, and parsley in a bowl.

Toss the shrimp well, then taste and add additional Cajun seasoning if desired.

Shrimp bread filling ingredients combined in a bowl with blue spatula.

Spread the shrimp mixture over the four baguette pieces.

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Pieces of bread with shrimp and mayo mixture spread evenly.

Sprinkle a quarter cup of shredded cheese over the top of each baguette. Then sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top of each piece as well.

Shredded cheese on the baguettes with shrimp.

Bake the shrimp bread in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges of the bread look crusty.

Remove them from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

Baked Salty Dog Cafe shrimp bread on baking sheet.

Shrimp Toast Recipe Variations

  • Substitute French baguette with hoagie rolls, brioche rolls, or even hot dog buns in a pinch!
  • This easy appetizer recipe can also be made with scallops. Or use precooked crab for an even faster version.
  • Swap Cajun seasoning for Old Bay seasoning for a more east coast-style shrimp toast.
  • This recipe uses a combination of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. But feel free to use other shredded cheeses you prefer – like Colby, Mexican or Italian cheese blends, or just all cheddar cheese.
  • Skip parsley and top the shrimp toast with fresh chopped cilantro for southwestern flavor.
Top down view 4 pieces of baked cheesy shrimp bread.

Serving Suggestions

There is no limit to what to serve with shrimp toast!

This savory cheesy dish is delicious to enjoy for a light lunch or anytime snack. Pair with a fresh salad or soup… We love a crunchy steakhouse salad with romaine and a warm bowl of Clam Chowder.

Shrimp toast is also great to get a dinner party started as a tasty appetizer. Serve before your favorite seafood and southern main dishes like cornmeal-crusted Fried Catfish, Pan Seared Scallops, or fresh oysters.

Two pieces of shrimp toast on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of bread do you use for shrimp toast?

French baguette is the traditional bread used to make shrimp toast. But you can also use hoagie or brioche rolls, or even hot dog buns.

Can you make cheesy shrimp bread in the air fryer?

Absolutely! Similar to other bread dishes, shrimp toast is great to air fry. Line the basket with a piece of aluminum foil (to avoid cheesy spillovers) and preheat the air fryer to 375° F. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the edges of the bread are crisp and the cheese is melty and golden.

How long do leftovers last?

These shrimp toast snacks are best to enjoy warm and fresh from the oven.

They will keep well for a day or so in the refrigerator. Reheat briefly in the oven or air fryer until the cheese has melted again. However, be aware that, while tasty, the shrimp will likely be overcooked.

Close view toast with shrimp and cheese.

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Southern Shrimp Toast (from Salty Dog)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Our version of the famous shrimp toast appetizer from The Salty Dog Cafe features tender, spicy shrimp baked with melty cheeses on crunchy bread.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the shrimp on the baking sheet. Drizzle the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Toss well to coat.
  • Spread the shrimp out in a single layer and roast for 5 to 7 minutes, until pink. The shrimp should still be in the shape of Cs, not Os. (O for overcooked.)
  • If using large shrimp, cut them in halves (or in thirds) then place in a mixing bowl. If using smaller shrimp, just transfer them to the mixing bowl as-is.
  • Discard the parchment paper then cut the French baguette in half lengthwise, and through the center, to create four pieces. Place the baguette pieces on the baking sheet cut-side-up.
  • To the mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, lemon zest, and garlic powder. Toss the shrimp well, then taste and add additional Cajun seasoning if desired.
  • Spread the shrimp mixture over the four baguette pieces. Sprinkle a quarter cup of shredded cheese over the top of each baguette. Then sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top of each piece as well.
  • Bake the shrimp toast in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges of the bread look crusty. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining parsley. Serve warm.

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Notes

Also, try with small scallops!
Shrimp toast is best to enjoy warm and fresh from the oven. They will keep well for a day or so in the refrigerator. Reheat briefly in the oven or air fryer until the cheese has melted again. However, be aware that, while tasty, the shrimp will likely be overcooked.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 438kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 742mg, Potassium: 136mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 644IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 289mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Southern Shrimp Toast (from Salty Dog)”

  1. This was so unique and delicious! We love shrimp and this was the first time we’ve had it on toast! The flavors were so good.

  2. What’s not to love about this recipe?! It’s so good!! If you love shrimp & cheesy toast, this is for you!! Such a crowd pleaser!

  3. This was so unique and delicious! We love shrimp and this was the first time we’ve had it on toast! The flavors were so good, YUM!

  4. Shrimp toast is such a classic and I loved this version. Very tasty!