Welcome to the crisper, brighter, more refreshing side of finger food. Quick, easy, and eye-catching, these delicious little disks shine as low carb appetizers, snacks, and light lunches. Serve them alongside other grab-and-go favorites, like oven baked chicken wings, deviled eggs, or low carb crackers. Seriously: try the wings though.
Satisfy your friends. And your taste buds.
Give me an excuse (literally any excuse) to host a get-together and I’m game. Is it raining? Is it not raining? Is it your birthday? Was it your birthday three weeks ago? Do you even have a birthday at all? Amazing! Let’s celebrate.
In all of my party-planning wisdom, I’ve learned one thing: when you serve great food, it doesn’t matter who wins the game on TV. You win. Why do these work so well, you may be wondering? Because I’ve taken three of my most popular, painstakingly perfected foods (parmesan crisps, Cajun shrimp, guacamole -inspired spread) and layered them all into a single recipe. In other words, these bites get a gold star from me because they’re:
- Refreshing: cucumber
- Zesty: guac-ish spread
- Crispy: cajun shrimp
- Crunch: parm crisps
Oh, and #5: these low carb snacks take about fifteen minutes to make.
Shrimp Cucumber Bites Video
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Here are a few modifications, tips + tricks to keep in mind before you shop:
- Shrimp – The trick to keeping this recipe QUICK, is using deveined + peeled shrimp. If that’s not what you have, follow this guide.
- Avocados – Opt for Haas avocados, which are higher in fat and significantly creamier/more flavorful.
- Cajun seasoning is my favorite spice combo for shrimp. If you don’t have it on hand, I recommend grabbing a jar or whipping up a batch of your own.
- Parmesan crisps – Make your own (super easy!), or grab a bag from the store.
Store leftovers in the fridge by placing a layer of paper towels along the bottom of a food storage container (to sop up water released from the cucumber). Squeeze a little lime juice on the top to keep the avocado from browning, and store your parm crisps separately to keep them crisp.
- Ranch version. Swap the avocado for a dollop of homemade ranch dressing.
- Turn these into wraps using low carb tortillas or regular tortillas. Start with the avocado layer, then pile on matchstick slices of cucumber, shrimp, and roll.
- Extra crunch. Use crackers (or my low carb crackers) instead of cucumber slices.
- Different protein. Such as sushi-grade salmon or ahi, chicken ala avocado chicken salad, or canned tuna like this avocado tuna salad.
- Make a dip. By dicing the shrimp and combining it with the avocado. It’s perfect for low carb tortilla chips!
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Shrimp Cucumber BitesPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 20 Shrimp peeled, deveined + tails removed (about 1 pound)
- 2 Teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Mild Tasting Oil (Note 1)
- 1 Avocado (Note 2)
- 2 Teaspoons Lime - Juice
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro chopped
- 1/4 Cup Yellow Onions chopped
- 1 Cucumber sliced 1/4" thick
- Parmesan Crisps broken into small pieces (Note 3)
- Shrimp. Pat shrimp (20) completely dry using paper towels and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with cajun seasoning (2 teaspoons) and toss to evenly coat. Heat oil (1 tablespoon) in a large skillet. Once shimmering add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the edges are golden and the center is cooked through.
- Avocado. Meanwhile, mash together the avocado layer ingredients together in a bowl.
- Assemble. Place cucumber slices (1/4" thick) in a single layer on your serving dish. Cover with a dollop of avocado, then place a piece of shrimp on top. Sprinkle the top with additional cilantro and smashed cheese crisps. Enjoy!
Fans Also Made These Low Carb Recipes:
- Mild Tasting Oil. You want an oil with a high smoke point and mild flavor -- think avocado, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, peanut. Skip EVOO, coconut, or sesame oil.
- Avocados. Go for haas! They’re higher in fat, creamier, and WAY more delicious than regular.
- Parmesan crisps add a bit of crunch to this recipe. I like to buy the individual snack packs and break them into small pieces by hitting the closed bag with a rolling pin.
- Storage tips. These are best served immediately, but if you do have leftovers, place them on a plate covered in paper towels (the cucumbers will release liquid!) and squeeze extra lime juice over the top to prevent the avo from bowning.
- Nutritional information is for 1 cucumber bite if you make 20 using this recipe and doesn't include the parmesan crisp topping: