Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites

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shrimp and chorizo skewers

Six. Ingredients. That’s all it takes to create these mouthwatering Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites with shrimp and chorizo. It’s like a flavor explosion from the land and sea, and the best part? It won’t break the bank.

Trust me, I’ve got you covered, hungry people!

surf and turf bites recipe ingredients

Here’s What You Need:

  • Shrimp (raw): Provides the seafood element and adds a delicate and savory flavor to the dish.
  • Chorizo: Adds a rich and smoky taste, bringing a touch of spiciness to complement the shrimp.
  • Garlic (minced): Enhances the overall flavor profile with its aromatic and savory notes.
  • White wine: Acts as a marinade ingredient, imparting a subtle tanginess and helping to tenderize the shrimp.
  • Olive oil: Adds moisture, richness, and a hint of fruity flavor to the marinade.
  • Salt and pepper: Enhances the taste of all the ingredients, balancing flavors and adding a touch of seasoning.

Let’s Jump Into It!

shrimp and chorizo appetizer

Now, let me confess something upfront: I wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders when I went shopping for ingredients. I accidentally picked up pre-cooked shrimp and chorizo.

But hey, sometimes you gotta roll with the punches and make the most of what you’ve got, right? So, I ended up preparing this dish two nights in a row: once for my anniversary dinner and then again for a cozy family gathering with my parents.

The second time around, I decided to go all out and use raw shrimp and chorizo, and boy, was it a game-changer.

But honestly, both methods work, and both deliver a plateful of deliciousness.

marinating shrimp

Alright, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty. First things first, you’ll want to marinate the shrimp for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Grab a bowl, combine the shrimp with some white wine, garlic, and oil, and let them soak up all that wonderful flavor.

skewered shrimp

Now, when it comes to the presentation, I had to get a little creative. Since I only had bamboo skewers on hand, I used those instead of the classic cocktail toothpicks. Just goes to show that sometimes improvisation is the secret ingredient to success in the kitchen.

If you have toothpicks, go ahead and use those for individual servings. Otherwise, embrace the rustic charm of the skewers.

baked skewered shrimp

Alright, here’s the fun part. Grab your chosen skewer and thread a piece of chorizo onto it, followed by a shrimp that wraps around the chorizo like it was meant to be. Repeat this mouthwatering process until all your ingredients are used up.

Now, it’s time to cook these bites to perfection. If you’re working with pre-cooked shrimp and chorizo, pop them under the broiler for a quick 2-3 minutes. But if you’re like me and opted for the raw ingredients, give them an extra minute or so, around 3-4 minutes, until they turn a gorgeous shade of red and start sizzling. Trust me, that sizzle is music to your taste buds.

Tips & Tricks!

  • Quality ingredients: Opt for fresh and high-quality shrimp and chorizo for the best flavor and texture in your bites.
  • Marinating time: While the recipe suggests marinating the shrimp for 30 minutes at room temperature, you can marinate them longer, even up to overnight in the refrigerator, for a more intense flavor infusion.
  • Skewer soaking: If you’re using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes before threading the ingredients. This prevents them from burning or charring excessively while cooking.
  • Garnish and serve creatively: Consider adding a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley, a drizzle of lemon juice, or a dash of your favorite hot sauce to enhance the taste and presentation of your Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites.
  • Customization options: Feel free to get creative with the recipe! You can add additional herbs or spices to the marinade, such as paprika or crushed red pepper flakes, to add an extra layer of flavor that suits your taste preferences.
  • Side dish ideas: Pair your Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites with complementary side dishes like a fresh green salad, roasted vegetables, or a flavorful rice pilaf to create a well-rounded meal.

Once your Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites are cooked to perfection, it’s time to indulge. You can serve them as a delightful appetizer alongside a main course of filet mignon stuffed with a heavenly bacon scallop filling.

Don’t forget to add a side of delicious hasselback potatoes to complete the feast. Your taste buds will be forever grateful.

plated skewered shrimp surf and turf bites

So there you have it, hungry people. A simple, affordable, and downright scrumptious recipe for Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites. Remember, don’t be afraid to experiment with your ingredients and make the recipe your own.

After all, that’s what cooking from scratch is all about.

Now go ahead, gather your ingredients, and embark on a culinary adventure that will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Bon appétit!

easy shrimp appetizer

Surf ‘n’ Turf Bites

The Starving Chef
Succulent shrimp wrapped around smoky chorizo, marinated in white wine and garlic, creating a tantalizing appetizer bursting with flavor.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Finger Food
Servings 4



  • In a small bowl, marinate the shrimp with white wine, minced garlic, a touch of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Allow the shrimp to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) or set the broiler on low. Skewer the chorizo, followed by the shrimp, wrapping its body around the chorizo.
  • If using raw shrimp and chorizo, cook for 3-5 minutes under the broiler or until they turn red and start sizzling. If using pre-cooked shrimp, cook for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. Enjoy!
Keyword sausage, shrimp
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